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16 of the Best artworks from Art14 London

4 March 2014exhibits

I was very excited to see Art 14 and had great expectations that this one will top last year’s fair. I enjoyed last year’s exhibition and with the number of international galleries exhibiting, it helped piqued my interest again in Asian art which I didn’t have a lot of access to – living in London and Europe for almost 13 years. Thank God for this kind of art fair, I am able to see galleries that I normally won’t be able to see here in London. 

This year, Art14 seems to be going on the same momentum with a lot of varied art works from all over the world. There are some   that I’ve recently seen at the London Art Fair a few weeks ago and a few other artists and artworks that were already featured last year. Kind of disappointed with that but I don’t undermine that these are interesting artworks. Nonetheless, I’m glad I went because I have discovered artists that I haven’t known before or haven’t known as painters.

One of my favourite pieces was a painting from Gao Xingjian, the Nobel Prize laureate for Literature who won for his novel Soul Mountain (which I’ve read before I moved to Europe) who is actually a celebrated Paris-based painter. Gao uses Chinese ink to paint on canvasses with the technique of Chinese ink painting. The result of which is really a meditative piece. Zhao Zhao, former assistant of Ai Weiwei, blew my mind with Waterfall, a mixed media installation of an imperial throne, awashed with red wax dripping like blood. Another favourite of mine is Liu Wei’s male portrait which almost feels like a handwork of Lucien Freud, reborn with a new contemporary Asian mind-set. 

For those who weren’t able to go to see Art14, here are some of my favourites:

1. Bkikash Bhatta Charjee
Bikash Bhatta Charjee. Untitled, 1991. Dry pastel and oil on pastel sheet

2. Khalil Chistee
Khalil Chishtee. It’s all plastic, 2012. Trash bags, plastic wire. ArtChowk (Karachi, Pakistan)

6. Zakaria Ramhani
Zakaria Ramhani. Faces of your other 39, 2010. Acrylic on canvas

7. Halim Al-karim
Halim Al-Karim. Eternal Love 19, 2010. Photograph Lambda Paint

9. Santiago Villanueva
Santiago Villanueva. Series Soft Therapy. Polysterene, fiberglass, laquer and stainless steel tube. Diana Lowenstein gallery

10. Ai Weiwei_Sven Drahl
Ai Weiwei scales. Sven Drahl/SDVS. Alexandre Ochs gallery. Germany

11. Gao Xingjian
Gao Xingjian. Nostalgie 2007. China ink on canvass. Gallery Frank Pages. Switzerland

13, Jonathan Leaman
Jonathan Leaman. New Year 1989-90. Oil on canvass. Beaux arts London

15. Angela Giajcar
Angela Giajcar. 2009-092 Terforation VII. 300g paper, torn using metal and plastic. Andipa Gallery

16. Wanda Bernardino
Wanda Bernardino. Strangers. Oil on canvass. bo.lee Gallery

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18. June Bum Park
Junebum Park. Puzzle 3-05 2009. Single Channel HD. Hanmi Gallery

19. Eku Nugroho
Eku Nugroho (Indonesia). Let me thinking of you, 2012. Fiber resin figure, painted with acrylic, vinyl sheets and synthetic polyester

20.Liu Wei
Liu Wei. Portrait Male, 2011. Oil on canvas with frame. Lin and Lin gallery

21. Zhao Zhao
Zhao Zhao. Waterfall. Mixed media. Alexandre Ochs Gallery. Berlin, Germany

22.JR
JR. North Korea, Pyongyang 2012. Ink on wooden panels. Lazandes gallery