Li Jikai in Cheonon

Posted in Arario Cheonan, Li Jukai by arariogallery on December 11, 2008

Pool, 2008. Oil on canvas.

Through January 24th, 2009, Arario Gallery Cheonan presents twenty-five recent works by Chinese artist Li Jikai. The rising star (b. 1975) received critical acclaim for his solo exhibition at Beijing’s Today Art Museum earlier this year.

In a recent Korean Times article, Cathy Rose wrote:

In contrast to his fellow contemporary artists’ propagandistic art, Li Jikai delves into the fundamental question on the existence of human beings and expresses the loneliness present in the lives of modern men. Li tells a deeply personal story in his paintings, where he includes a solitary character that represents himself. He explores his own sub-conscious and asks the universal questions: Who am I? Where do I come from? and Where am I headed? Li depicts himself as Peter Pan in Neverland; however, in his paintings one can witness a sense of isolation, loneliness, fear, anxiety, and unavoidable encounters with reality as the artist realizes that the age of purity has already passed.

Visit the Arario Gallery Cheonan website to see installation shots. has also posted some images.


*Post written by Arario New York’s, Lesley Sheng.

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