Angela Yanjun Chen is a visual artist based in London. She has an MA in Printmaking from the Royal College of Art in London, 2017-19, and a BA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins, 2013-16. She was shortlisted for the Hidden Talent Art Award in 2022, received the Global Talent award endorsed by Arts Council England in 2021 and was nominated for the Global Eye Award sponsored by Saatchi Gallery in 2020. Recent exhibitions include Black Mirror-Play and Black Mirrow-Waterfall at Boomer Gallery in London, 2021; Double Side, at RCA, 2019; What a Relief!? at CGP Gallery, London, 2019. She has previously exhibited and taken part in international projects in Brazil, China, France and Japan including an exhibition and residency at Kura Art Studio in Fukuoka, Japan in 2017.
Chen’s work is a physical dialogue between transience and permanence, attending to ideas about the temporal fragility of life often visited within historic Vanitas and Memento Mori artworks. Recent sculptures have brought together organic material and resin to speak about beauty, preservation and decay. In nature, resin protects plants from insects and pathogens, reacting with air and creating a protective, solid layer. Within Chen’s artworks the resin creates this encapsulating protection in some instances, and, in others, provides a support structure. Her sculptures find a balance between geological phenomenon, wayside plants and ikebana flower arrangements, with the crystal clear base pieces emulating ice, spring water and glass vases. Ongoing existence and performativity are captured in her work through the gestures used to place, mark and set each component.
2022 Certificated. Art Law, Christie's Education, UK
2019 Finance and Art in Global Market, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London
2013 - 2016 BA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London
2022 Feb. Shortlisted for HTAA (Hidden Talent Art Award) Competition 2022.
2021 Jan. Recipient of Global Talent endorsed by the Art Council England in 2021.
2020 Oct. Nominated Finalist, Global Eye Award, Contemporary Art Award 2020, Sponsored by Saatchi Gallery.
2020 Aug. Exceptional Artist Award, The 1st CSSA-Goldsmith International Youth Art & Design Exhibition.INVISIBLE SUPPORT, Online Exhibition during Covid19.
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
2017 March-April. International artist residence in Kura Studio. Fukuoka, Japan.
2020 Nov. Artist feature "90s Young Artist Respond Pandemic" at ArtChina.CN.
2020 Nov. "Suspended in Time", Aesthetic Magazine. Features Artist
2020 Feb. Interview "She believes in the power of her work"by SIA International Art Education.
2019 Jun. UNTITLED, Art Fair in Hotel, The Peninsula, Beijing, China.
2017 Apr. "SPIDERNET" Kura Art Studio, Fukuoka, Japan.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITION
2022 July. “wipe it” at London
2021 Dec. “Black Mirror-Play” and “Black Mirrow-Waterfall”, Boomer Gallery, London
2021 Jan. Online exhibition and research for International Artist Panel, 1st Yanjiao Biennale, China.
2019 Jul. DOUBLE SIDE, RCA 2019 Royal College of Arts Degree Show. (SOLD)
2019 Feb.“WHAT A RELIEF!?” CGP Gallery, Supported by Arts Council England and Southwark Council.
2019 Jun. UNTITLED, Art Fair in Hotel, Beijing. THE PENINSULA.
2018 Dec. Exhibition “what image could be…?” Lumen Gallery. Supported by Arts Council England.
2018 Jan. WIP Show at Royal College of art.
2017 Jul. “Displacement II” Jacaranha Art Centre, Rio, Basil.
2017 Mar. “SPIDERNET” Kura Art Studio, Fukuoka, Japan.
2017 Apr. “Blurry Door” for “Displacement I” shows at Ugly Duck Art Centre, London
2016 Jul. Koché x AAMOUR OCÉAN SS2016 COLLECTION
2016 Jun. “Blurry Door” Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.
2015 Feb. “Entitle Do Disturb” Art & Fashion Project with Palais de Tokyo and Central Saint Martins.
2015 Jun. “BEST BEFORE” at the 5th Gallery, London
2015 Feb. “The Rose” Open Studio show at Central Saint Martins.