Wang Keping

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 15 June, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 15 June, 2006, 12:00am

10 Chancery Lane Gallery

Until July 22

The 10 Chancery Lane Gallery is celebrating its fifth anniversary with an exhibition of Wang Keping's sculptures in wood and bronze.

The Beijing-born and Paris-based sculptor was one of the founders of the first non-conformist artist's group Xing Xing (the Stars) in the Chinese capital in 1979, and has exhibited extensively - mainly in Europe, but also in the US and Japan - during the past two decades.

Gallery owner Katie de Tilly says Wang is known for his sensual female figures that attract touch.

'His dark wood sculptures flow in the shapes of breasts and curves with such simplicity that the grain of the wood often times traces the lines of each curve,' she says.

'Reminiscent of and inspired by the ease of African sculpture, he has refined his recognisable style of shape and form. Each and every one of his works is unique. Although he plays on similar themes repeatedly, there are never two works alike.'

De Tilly says Wang has, for the first time, made large-scale bronze works: two women and a vase - the latter is 1.65 metres tall and is shaped like a woman's bottom.

'The simple form is a shape of significance to the artist and he has been repeating the shape for many years, claiming it is through pureness that his forms speak,' says de Tilly.

Despite his Xing Xing roots, Wang's work is less political these days. Using wood as his medium, 'he searches for the soul inside each piece, finding the roots and knots that evolve into form', de Tilly says.

And, yes, this is one exhibition at which touching is definitely allowed.

Tue-Fri, 11am-7pm, Sat 11.30am-6pm, 10 Chancery Lane, Central. Inquiries: 2810 0065