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Pan Jian

Pan Jian was born in 1975 in Shandong Province. He received his BA from the Oil Painting Department at Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts in 2001. Pan currently lives and works in Beijing and Xi’an, China.

Having grown up amongst natural landscapes before moving to the bustling metropolis of Beijing, Pan has a different perspective on urbanisation and psychological detachment. With 'defamiliarised images,' Pan challenges the viewer with the sea of loneliness.

Pan creates a sensational, poetic world on canvas with his uninhabited deep forests painted with loose brushstrokes. Pan explores themes relating to anxiety, depression, and sadness, which, to him, is the way to true beauty.  The artist uses black, grey and blue to infuse canvas with ineffable melancholy, while meticulously painting the natural sceneries. The prominent aloofness that Pan has towards the depicted scene shows his exploration of rationality and emotions.

His recent solo exhibitions include Shadow of Light (2015) at 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong; The Edge of the Shadow (2013) at 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong; Strange Image—Pan Jian (2010) at Today Art Museum, Beijing, China; and The End of the World (2008) at Beijing Space, Beijing, China. Selected group exhibitions include Macht Sichtbar: To Unveil the Invisible—Pan Jian & Fu Xiaotong Dual Exhibition (2014) at Jing Gallery, Beijing; and Outside the Lines (2014) at RH Contemporary Art, New York.

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