Twelve Masterful Painted Porcelain Table-Screens by Guo Jun Yu. Exhibition August 26-28 Melbourne. 2021
Guo Jun Yu was born 12 September 1956 in Ningbo City, Zhejiang Province, China. With the influence of his grandmother, he developed a love of Chinese ceramics, Chinese paintings and calligraphy. In his 20’s, Guo Jun was tutored by Mr. Yanshao Lu the professional Chinese painting artist. With the reform and opening up of the Chinese economy, he was one of the first few who had earned a good living with his work. He joined a tide of Chinese venturing going abroad in the 1980’s. He arrived in Sydney Australia on 20th December 1989. After one year he established a company with his best friend Mr Wen Li on 28 July 1990. In his second year of arrival. He established a second workshop in Melbourne and another the year later in Brisbane.
With his continuing endeavours he established a company in Ningbo City, China. With his retirement from his business he has never stopped his creative output and through the encouragement of mentors Mr Pusheng Zhang and Mr Yunpeng Huang he has continued his ceramic painting practice. His work pays homage to the classical painting tradition in China, as well as the traditional skills of using porcelain as a base for painting, mastered over multiple centuries by the Chinese.These table screens are however distinctly contemporary and highly individual.
Traditionally placed on the scholar’s table near a window, these screens were once used to protect the painter’s table from the breeze and they are a much revered and uniquely Chinese creation. Over centuries they have been crafted in the finest materials such as jade, the much prized hardwood Zitan and mounted in all manner of precious materials.
This is the first gallery exhibition of Guo Jun Yu’s work in Australia.