Han Yajuan: Indulgence and Transcendence

October 5 – November 20, 2011

Han Yajuan
Shopaholic, 2011
Painted bronze, crystals 
19 1/8 x 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches (48.5 x 26.5 x 26.5cm)

Han Yajuan
Regimented Chic, 2011 
Painted tin bronze, crystals 
20 1/16 x 13 3/8 x 10 1/4 inches (51 x 34 x 26 cm)

Han Yajuan
Traveling Thinker, 2011
Oil on canvas
47 1/4 x 78 3/4 inches (120 x 200 cm)


Han Yajuan
Fashion Ensemble, 2010
Oil on canvas
70 7/8 x 141 3/4 inches (180 x 360 cm)

Press Release

Klein Sun Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new painting and sculpture by Han Yajuan.

Han Yajuan’s artwork aims to embody the power of contemporary Chinese youth culture which is expressed in her juxtapositions of Japanese animation and consumerist glamour. From these two elements, Han Yajuan has generated an arsenal of female characters rendered in the super-cute kawaii style of Japanese anime. Their infantile anatomies contrast with a grown-up affinity for luxury objects and revealing clothing, perfectly illustrating the growing allure of material wealth that has influenced the country.

In her new body of work, the artist’s signature females no longer inhabit modest, gift-sized canvases, but are now the ironic heroines of mural-sized paintings. The figures of Fashion Ensemble and Art Flair have achieved a level of similarity perhaps symbolic of the artist’s views of the rote, hollow existence encouraged by material excess. Objects of wealth, from snorkel gear to spacesuits, reiterate the mantra of consumerism resounding in contemporary China, while also creating a certain ambiguity. As such, the work of Han Yajuan can be read as either an objective exploration or a subtle critique of an ever up-and-coming nation.

Han Yajuan was born in Qingdao, China in 1980, and earned her Bachelor of Arts from the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou and her Master of Fine Arts from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. Her work has been exhibited in museum shows around the world including “Floating - New Art of China,” National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea (2007); “Metropolis Now - A Selection of Chinese Contemporary Art,” Meridian International Center, Washington, DC (2009); “China: The Contemporary Rebirth,” Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy (2009); “Translucence - Female Contemporary Art from China,” Centrale Électrique, Brussels, Belgium (2009); and “Future Pass,” Palazzo Mangilli-Valmanara, Venice, Italy; Wereldmuseum, Rotterdam, Netherlands; National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan; Today Art Museum, Beijing, China (2011-2012).

The exhibition will be on view at Eli Klein Fine Art from October 5 through December 11, 2011 and is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by Joseph Ng. Please join us for the opening reception on Wednesday, October 5, from 6 - 9 PM. The artist will be present.

For further information, please contact the gallery at (212) 255-4388 or info@kleinsungallery.com.