Dubbed, ‘the new Rodin’ by Le Monde newspaper, Chen Dapeng, a sculptor already enjoying wide popularity in his native China and the creator of many large public sculptures, is set for making an impact worldwide. Dapeng will exhibit at Olympia Winter Art & Antiques Fair from November 2-8 2015. The sculptor will show more than 40 of his sculptures in various media: bronzes, wood and maquettes. All his works will be for sale with a combined value of £30 million.
In 2010, he was the only Chinese sculptor invited to participate in the Shanghai Expo. At the end of 2013, he exhibited to considerable critical acclaim at the world famous Carousel de Louvre in Paris on the occasion of the 19th World Intangible Cultural Heritage Exhibition.
Speaking on behalf of Mr Chen Dapeng, Paul Harris of Paul Harris Asia Arts said, “We chose Olympia for this Chinese sculptor’s first UK exhibition after much consideration. In our view, it is the best venue affording us the very considerable space needed to show all his most important works. Timing was also a factor, as Olympia overlaps with Asian Art in London, in which we are also a participant.”
Cheng Dapeng was born in Hengyang, Hunan province, in 1962. Initially, he was entirely self-taught as an artist and sculptor but, after highly encouraging comment about his work in the media, he went to study in 1989 under the renowned Chinese artist (now Professor) Pan He at the Department of Sculpture at Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts.
Since 2001, Chen has created over 300 sculptures, including many important public works. He has sculpted important figures in Chinese life such as an official sculpture of former President Deng Xiaoping.There will be a talk at the fair: ‘Chinese Sculpture: From the Terracotta Army to the Work of Chen Dapeng’ By Paul Harris, accredited NADFAS lecturer.
Tickets from £15. For more information, go to www.olympia-antiques.com.