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FridaAcrylic on canvas40cmx50cm2011

Almost every one of Chen Ke's paintings features a button- nosed girl; she is depressed, introverted, living naïve existence in this illusory, otherworldly space. For Chen Ke, inverting reality gives her a true sense of reality, and seeing the worried little girl in her paintings, viewers are suddenly infected with a sense of sentimentality.

With You I Will Never Feel Lonely is the large-scale installation piece that exposed Chen Ke's newest style of painting; on classic, average household furniture from the 1980s, she paints the little girl in on patches of paint applied directly to their surface. Perhaps somewhere between the traces of her dripping paints and the image of the little girl, Chen Ke expresses her real state of mind.

Chen Ke never ceases in her search for new mediums on which to wield her brush; In new 2008 works, her canvases even resemble handicrafts. On ready-made cloth, she mixes intermediary and traditional oil paints together. This sorrowful little girl continues to appear on all sorts of materials, she's real, she's a dream, her endless loneliness drawing in viewers, and making it difficult for them to extract themselves.

Chen Ke possesses all the qualities of a young female artist, she loves to swim and to read, and is a true astrology buff––sometimes even her works can't help but sink into this mystical atmosphere. Chen Ke projects herself into her art, and says that if even one day passes without painting, she is enveloped with a feeling of emptiness. She likes to challenge and out-do herself, because in her opinion, this nature of accomplishment is more real, even better than struggling to maintain a constant state.

Chen Ke

1978

Born in Tongjiang, Sichuan, China

2005

Graduated with MFA from the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts ,Sichuan,China

Currently lives and works in Beijing


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016
Dream .Dew ,Perrotin Gallery, Hong Kong, China

2015

Cover: Recent Works by Chen Ke, Star Gallery, Beijing, China

2013

The first Art Basel Hong Kong: Frida•A Woman-Chen Ke, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong

2012

With “You”, I Will Never Feel Lonely, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

2010

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Star Gallery, Beijing, China

2009

Another Me in the World, Kunsthaus Viernheim, Viernheim, Germany

2008

Personal War, Star Gallery, Beijing, China

2007

With You, I Will Never Feel Lonely, Star Gallery, Beijing, China; Marella Gallery, Milan, Italy

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016

Chinese Whispers: Recent Art from the Sigg & M+ Sigg Collections, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland

SHE: International Women Artists Exhibition,Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai, China

2015

The Story of Painting: Inaugural Exhibition of Ginkgo Art Center, Ginkgo Art Center, Beijing, China

As Far as We See: Chinese New Painting at Post Financial Crisis Era, A Beautiful New World: The 2nd Nanjing International Art Festival, Nanjing International Exhibition Center, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China 

It’s Not Right But It’s Okay, UCCASTORE, Beijing, China

Within Sight: Chinese New Painting at Post Financial Crisis Era, Ploy Gallery, Hong Kong; Foundation Taylor, Paris, France

Inspired by Fashion: An Exhibition of Art and Fashion Crossover Pieces, Poly Gallery, Hong Kong

2014

Within Sight: Chinese New Painting at Post Financial Crisis Era, Poly Art Museum, Beijing, China

By the name of Dayliness: Chinese contemporary art everyday discourse and generate ideas, Blue roof art museum, Chengdu, China

Re-View: Opening Exhibition of Long Museum West Bund, Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai, China

Uneasy Trip in Asia 2014, Star Gallery, Beijing, China


2013

Criss-Cross: Artworks of Young Chinese Contemporary Artists from Long Collection, Long Museum, Shanghai, China

Portrait of the Times: 30 Years of Chinese Contemporary Art, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China

Uneasy Trip in Asia III, CANS Tea&Books House, Taipei

MIRROR AND SHADOW, National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia

2012

Spin: the First Decade of New Century, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

After Deliverance, 798 Space, Beijing, China

Face, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China

2011

Shanshui: Poetry without Sound? Landscape in Chinese Contemporary Art - Works from Sigg Collection, Kunstmuseum Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland 

Day Break, Arario Gallery, Cheonan,Korea

2010

Self-Image: Interpreting A Perspective of Chinese Woman Art in the 20th Century, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China 

Writing: the 1st Nanjing Biennial, Jiangsu Provincial Art Museum, Nanjing, China 

The Franks-Suss Collection, The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

Thirty Years of Chinese Contemporary Art: Painting 1979-2009, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China 

RESHAPING HISTORY China Art from 2000 to 2009, China National Convention Center (CNCC), Beijing, China

Modern Mirror, Michael Ku Gallery, Taipei

2009

China: The Contemporary Rebirth, Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy

The Kingdom of Denmark Paradise Lost, F.FINE Gallery, Beijing, China 

Biochemistry- Between the True and the False: 2009 Animation Biennale Exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

2008

Couples in Contemporary Art, Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China 

Looking for Me, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai

China MoCA Envisage II - Butterfly Dream,Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China 

Facing Reality-Selection of Chinese Contemporary Art, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China 

Free Zone: China-An exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Art, Spazio in BSI bank, Lugano, Switzerland

Enclave: New Contemporary Chinese Painting, Sifang Contemporary Art Museum, Nanjing, China

2007

China - Facing Reality, Museum Moderner Kunst stiftung Ludwig wien, Vienna, Austria 

Your View, My Story, Berlin, Germany 

Chen Ke, Wei Jia, Li Jikai, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, USA 

Floating- New Generation of Art in China, Doart Co., Seoul, Korea

Starting from the Southwest: Exhibition of Contemporary Art in Southwest of China, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China 

Generation Sweet and Sour: Chinese new Art, Mannheimer Kunstverein, Mannheimer, Germany

2006

Naughty Kids, Star Gallery, Beijing, China 

The Originals: New Aesthetics of Animation, Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China 

Beyond Experience: New China, Arario Gallery, Beijing, China 

New Interface: Contemporary Art Exhibition, Liu Haisu Art Museum& Red Bridge Gallery, Shanghai, China

Surpassing Boundaries: New Chinese Painting, Xifang Art Museum, Nanjing, China

2005

Next Station, Cartoon? He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China; Star Gallery, Beijing, China

Archaeology of the Future: the Second Triennial of Chinese Art, Nanjing Museum, Nanjing, China 

The 2nd Chengdu Biennial Landscapes: the "Century" and the "Paradise", Chengdu, China 

The Self - Made Generation: A Retrospective of New Chinese Painting, Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China

Making Clouds with One Hand and Rain with the Other, TS1 Contemporary Art Center New Works Exhibition, The One Club, Beijing

PUBLICATION

2016
A Woman,New Star Press,Beijing, China
Cover: Recent Works by Chen Ke, Star Gallery, Beijing, China

2012

After Deliverance, Star Gallery, Beijing, China

With You, I Will Never Feel Lonely, China Youth Press, Beijing, China

Face, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China

2011

Shanshui: Landscape in Contemporary Chinese Art (Contemporary Works from the Sigg Collection), Kunstmuseum Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland 

2010

Self-Image: Interpreting A Perspective of Chinese Woman Art In The 20th Century, Lingnan Arts Publishing House, Guangzhou, China

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Star Gallery, Beijing, China

2009

Chen Ke, Kehrer Verlag,Heidelberg,Berlin,Germany

2008

Personal War, Star Gallery, Beijing, China 

Looking for Me, Star Gallery, Beijing, China 

Time–lag,thenewforceofChinesecontemporaryart, Magee Gallery,Madrid,Spain

Deep Breath - 19 Samples of Chinese Contemporary Female Artists, Shanghai,  China 

AVATARS AND ANTIHEROES—A GUIDE TO CONTEMPORARY CHINESE ARTISTS, Kodansha International Ltd, Tokyo, Japan

Young Chinese Artist-the next generation, Prestel, Germany 

2007

With You, I Will Never Feel Lonely, Star Gallery, Beijing, China 

Generation Sweet and Sour- Chinese new Art, Mannheimer Kunstverein, Mannheimer, Germany 

China- Facing Reality, Museum Moderner Kunst stiftung Ludwig wien, Vienna, Austria 

Floating- New Generation of Art in China, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

2006

Naughty kids-The Chinese New Generation Born After 1970, Star Gallery, Beijing, China

Fancy.Dream, DAMIANI Press

Beyond Dimension-Chinese New Painting, Hubei Fine Arts Publishing House, Changsha, China

2005

Next Station, Cartoon?, Star Gallery, Beijing, China 

Archaeology of the Future- the Second Triennial of Chinese Art, Hubei Fine Arts Publishing House, Wuhan, China 

NEW VISION NEW FACE—Young Artists in the Chengdu Biennial, Hebei Fine Arts Publishing House, Shijiazhuang, China

2001

Yangban Model Art in China-2001 Chengdu Biennial, Sichuan Fine Arts Publishing House, Chengdu, China 

COLLECTIONS

The Franks-Suss Collection, London, UK
The Sigg Collection, Lucerne, Switzerland
Lorenzo Sassoli de Bianchi, Italy
Shenzhen Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Long Museum,Shanghai, China
Yuz Museum,Shanghai, China
White Rabbit Gallery,Sydney,Australia