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Shake Gallery - Painted Translations

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Shake Gallery presents Painted Translations, a group show featuring EL Seed, Josh Rowell and Qin Feng. This exhibition explores the power of artistic expression as a form of communication, transcending the limitations of conventional language. The exhibition Painted Translations visually explores the potential of art as language, exhibiting methods of painterly expression that universally communicate; a message, a feeling, a connection, all at once.

Shake Gallery presents Painted Translations, a group show featuring international virtuosos eL Seed, Josh Rowell and Qin Feng. This exhibition explores the power of artistic expression as a form of communication, transcending the limitations of conventional language.

Painted Translations runs from 19th September until the 2nd October at Shake Gallery, 11 Dray Walk, E1 6QL

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The exhibition Painted Translations visually explores the potential of art as language, exhibiting methods of painterly expression that universally communicate; a message, a feeling, a connection, all at once. Each artist draws from the ancient traditions of language and storytelling, demonstrating an understanding of its spiritual and social foundations. References to the ancient art of Arabic and Chinese calligraphy as well as Greek mythology allude to a persistent and innate desire to communicate, one that has persevered across cultures, peoples and epochs. Painted Translations displays the importance as well as the potential of artistic expression as language, a practice that is capable of establishing profound and universal connections that worldly phrases simply cannot....

 

 

The exhibition Painted Translations visually explores the potential of art as language, exhibiting methods of painterly expression that universally communicate; a message, a feeling, a connection, all at once. Each artist draws from the ancient traditions of language and storytelling, demonstrating an understanding of its spiritual and social foundations. References to the ancient art of Arabic and Chinese calligraphy as well as Greek mythology allude to a persistent and innate desire to communicate, one that has persevered across cultures, peoples and epochs. Painted Translations displays the importance as well as the potential of artistic expression as language, a practice that is capable of establishing profound and universal connections that worldly phrases simply cannot.

 

 

 

eL Seed (b.1981, France) is a contemporary painter and sculptor, renowned for his incorporation of Arabic calligraphy in public art projects. He draws from the wisdom of poets, writers and philosophers to convey messages of peace and to emphasise the commonalities of human existence. eL Seed paints Arabic calligraphy because of its universal poeticism. He explains that it is not necessary to read the language to understand the piece, saying that: ‘I think that Arabic script touches your soul before it reaches your eyes.’

 

 

The abstract painter, Josh Rowell (b.1990, England), explores the structure and dynamics of communication by creating his own painterly language, consisting of polka-dot colours which are painted with analogue precision. Rowell transcribes stories from Greek mythology, identifying with the sacred practice of story-telling that seeks to explain the world and the human experiences within it. Reverting these elaborate and archaic myths into a visually minimal code, Rowell constructs an idea that patterns and structures have a prevailing undercurrent in all aspects of life, connecting us in illegible and inexplicable ways.

 

 

Qin Feng (b. 1961), is a leading ink artist and representative of China’s avant-garde movement. His works demonstrate a masterful understanding of the spiritual expressiveness and compositional balance of Chinese calligraphy. Qin explores the synthesis of Western modernism and Chinese traditional ink-painting throughout his practice, inviting new cultural dialogues and creating new forms of communication. 

 

The binding similarity amongst eL Seed, Josh Rowell, and Qin Feng, is their dedication to depicting a language that has universal capabilities. They take inspiration from ancient languages, calligraphy and traditional storytelling, drawing from a continuum of human existence. The artists understand that despite centuries of linguistic development, there is still a ravine of misunderstanding and miscommunication that hinders the potential for human connection. In a world where we are increasingly interconnected, it seems especially pertinent to discover sincere and embracing forms of communication.

 

 

Rowell directly explores the after-effects of the digital age, depicting with his coded paintings the immensity and obscurity of the network of information that connects us. In the same vein, eL Seed and Qin Feng navigate this new coexistent landscape by enhancing the values of ancient calligraphy, reappropriating and subverting conventions to form a visual language that speaks to an interconnected, multicultural, but still somewhat isolated society. Translated through painting, these artists communicate a universal message of connectivity. Unburdened by the pressures of legibility, their artworks induce an innate and omnipresent desire to communicate.

 

 

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eL Seed
Templates of Love V
£46,200
eL Seed
The sun rose VI
£12,320
eL Seed
The sun rose V
£12,320
eL Seed
Mirage III
£12,320
Qin Feng
Writing in Painting - Tao
£72,000
Qin Feng
Writing in Painting - Reading,
£72,000
Qin Feng
Writing in Painting - Boundary
£72,000
Qin Feng
Writing in Painting - Busy
£72,000
Qin Feng
Writing in Painting
£72,000
Qin Feng
Writing in Painting - Feng Chen
£72,000
Qin Feng
Writing in Painting - Boundary
£72,000
Qin Feng
The Writing of painting/ Nothing
£72,000
Josh Rowell
Make the truth great again
£2,000
Josh Rowell
Make integrity great again
£2,000
Josh Rowell
Make lying wrong again
£2,000
Josh Rowell
Anyone? 24
£2,000
Josh Rowell
Anyone? 23
£2,000
Josh Rowell
Anyone? 22
£2,000
Josh Rowell
Toxic Relationship II
£6,000
Josh Rowell
Toxic Relationship
£6,000
eL Seed
Perception IV
£46,200
Josh Rowell
Hero to Leander Part 2
£15,000
Josh Rowell
Hero to Leander Part 1
£15,000
Josh Rowell
Hercules and Cerberus, after Ruben
£8,400
Josh Rowell
Hercules and the Cattle of Geryon
£8,400
Josh Rowell
Hercules and the Golden Apples of the Hesperides
£9,600
Josh Rowell
Hercules and the Stymphalian Birds
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eL Seed 5
Josh Rowell 14
Qin Feng 8

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