Artworks by Shao Fan

Moon by Shao Fan

Elm, Catalpa & MDF

Misty Winter by Shao Fan

150 x 100 cm
Oil on Canvas

King by Shao Fan

106 x 107 x 52.5 cm
Catalpa and Elm

Baby Reindeer by Shao Fan

170 x 170 cm
Oil on Canvas

Portrait by Shao Fan

150 x 100 cm
Oil on Canvas

Acrylic Long Table by Shao Fan

83 x 230 x 76 cm
Acrylic, Wood

Portrait- Apple by Shao Fan

110 x 150 cm
Oil on Canvas

Project No. 1 of the Year by Shao Fan

170 x 130 x 120 cm
Elmwood, Acrylic

You by Shao Fan

210 x 170 cm
Oil on Canvas

Hare on the Moon by Shao Fan

210 x 210 cm
Oil on Canvas

Embroidered Tea Table by Shao Fan

Table: 78 x 200 x 131 cm
Stools: 50 x 59 x 49 cm (large), 50 x 35 x 35 cm (small)
Walnut Wood

Chinese Cabbage by Shao Fan

165 x 165 cm
Oil on Canvas

Steel Chair by Shao Fan

93 x 48 x 55 cm
Stainless Steel

Portrait- Rabbit by Shao Fan

136 x 258 cm
Ink on Rice Paper

Sleeping by Shao Fan

100 x 200 cm
Oil on Canvas

Shao Fan

邵帆

A painter, designer, and sculptor, Shao Fan is best known for his series of chairs that reinterpret Ming Dynasty furniture. Shao believes that Ming furniture expresses the chief tenets of Chinese philosophy; by combining ancient designs with the clean lines and geometry of contemporary aesthetics, he suggests the cultural and philosophical changes undergone in modern-day China. Through their resemblance to Chinese characters, some of Shao’s chairs were designed to parody the modern fascination with the logography of Chinese script. He also produces oil paintings that reinterpret the old “literati” style of Chinese paintings, referencing their stark and sober palettes and drawing from Chinese philosophy through their balanced depiction of the natural world. Born into a family of renowned artists—Shao’s parents were assigned to paint Maoist propaganda during the Cultural Revolution—Shao was one of the first Chinese artists to explore the boundaries between visual art and furniture.

1964 Born into an old and celebrated family of artists, Beijing, China

1984 Graduated from Beijing Art and Craft College, China
1985-88 Studied Wood Carving and Porcelain at Art and Craft Research Institute, Beijing, China 1989-94 Worked as a professional painter, Beijing, China
1995 Established Shao Fan No. 1 Studio in Beijing, China

Public Collections:

‘Upset Season’ collected by Japan Tomioka Museum, Japan

‘Work No.5 of Year 2005’ collected by Chengdu Modern Art Museum, Chengdu, China
‘Each Other’ collected by He Xiangning Museum, Shenzhen, China
‘King Chair’, ‘Work No. 1 of Year 2004’, ‘Wei’, ‘Kun’, and ‘Moon’ collected by V&A Museum, UK ‘Xiudun’ collected by Peabody Museum, USA
‘Shadow’, ‘Ming Steel Chair’ collected by Metropolitan Museum of Art, USA

‘Landscape’ collected by Metropolitan Museum of Art, USA

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2010 An Incurable Classicist, Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai, China
2005 Ten Years Ago, Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai, China
2000 NEOTU Design Gallery, Paris, France
1996 Chairs About Chairs, Gallery in Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China

Selected Group Exhibitions

2011 SH Contemporary 2011 at Pearl Lam Fine Art, Shanghai, China
Generations of Artists: Shao Jingkun, Shao Fei, Shao Fan, Zhao Tianji. Xiamen Museum of China Profiles, Xiamen, China
Chinese Contemporary Art Group Exhibition – Group Exhibition, Pearl Lam Fine Art, Shanghai, China Uni-Design in China, Beijing Center for the Arts
China International Gallery Exhibition 2011 (CIGE), Contrasts Gallery, Beijing, China

2010 Art Taipei, Taipei World Trade Center Hall 1, Taipei, Taiwan Chinese Contemporary Art, Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai, China

2009 Beijing – Havana The Revolution of Art, National Fine Arts Museum, Havana, Cuba
2008 Chinese Gardens for Living, des staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Dresden, Germany

Beijing – Athens The contemporary art exhibition from China, National contemporary art center of Greece, Athens, Greece
Design Redefined, Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai, China
I Dream, I Seek My Garden, RHS Chelsea Flower Show, London, UK

Design China, V&A museum London, London, UK
2007 REWIND<<REMIX>>FASTFORWARD: Chinese Contemporary Art, Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai, China

ShContemporary, Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair, Shanghai, China

The Essence of Chinese Sensibilities: Contemporary Art and Design, Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai, China 2006 Contrasts and Contradictions – Chapter I. CROSSOVERS // Beyond Art and Design, Contrasts

Gallery, Shanghai, China

Shao Fan-Pierre Marie Lejeune-Sculpteurs- Deux Propositions, Contrasts Gallery, Beijing, China 2005 Contrasts and Contradictions, Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai, China

Chengdu Biennial, Chengdu Modern Art Museum, Chengdu, China
Inspired by China, Invitational Exhibition of Chinese and American Art, Peabody Museum, Peabody,

Connecticut, USA
Awakening: La France Mandarine – The French Influence on Chinese Art, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

2004 Awakening: La France Mandarine – The French Influence on Chinese Art, Urban Planning Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China

Chinese International Architectural Art Biennale, Beijing, China
Made in China, Conceptual Furniture Exhibition, Shanghai, China
Chinese Imagination, Contemporary Chinese Sculpture Exhibition, Tuileries Garden, Paris, France

2003 Conceptual Furniture Exhibition, China Hi-Tech Fair Exhibition Centre, Shenzhen, China 2002 Made for Seat, International Design Exhibition, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China 2001 Who Am I? Invitational Arts Exhibition, Beijing, China

New Phenomenon in Contemporary Chinese Art, Picardi National Museum, France 2000 Contemporary Chinese Sculpture, Oriental Square, Beijing, China

BIG TORINO, Biennale 2000, Torino, Italy
1999 Century Gate, Chengdu Contemporary Art Museum, Chengdu, China

Asian Sculpture Exhibition, Singapore

1988 The Asian Biennale of Fine Arts, Tomioka City Museum, Tomioka, Japan