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Jin Chen
Jin Chen "Pop Op"
Kim Walker
November 10, 2021 - December 12, 2021
No Reception Planned


We are proud to exhibit the Op Art paintings by Beijing artist Jin Chen.


With a studio in Shanghai and Beijing, Jin Chen divides his time between both the fine art world and the graphic design arena where he has worked in the field of advertising, design, media and PR.


Born in 1974, Jin Chen has been painting since childhood and holds a degree in Decorative Arts, graduating from Central Academy of Arts & Design in Beijing, China.


Using his talent as a fine artist he has spent most of his adult life painting and working in the design field.  Some of his design applications and keen graphic techniques have influenced his painting style to get to where he is today as a fine artist creating interesting Geometric Abstracts.


His Pop-Op images are reminiscent of Pop Art and Optical Art masters from Lichtenstein and Warhol to Vasarely and Frank Stella with his work falling uniquely into Geometric Abstraction.


Pop art is an art movement that emerged in the United States in the late 1950's after a brief introduction in Great Britain. Pop art presented a challenge to the traditions of fine art by including imagery from the popular culture such as advertising and news.  American advertising had adopted many elements and characteristics of modern art and functioned at a very sophisticated level.


Op art, short for optical art, is a style of visual art that uses optical illusions. Op art works are abstract, with many better known pieces created in black and white. Typically, they give the viewer the impression of movement, hidden images, flashing and vibrating patterns, or of swelling or warping and often making the view a bit queasy.


The viewer's eye can be tricked or confused by the visual vibration created by the movement generated of juxtaposing complimentary colors and curvilinear lines and diminishing shapes until the mind catches up and then at the blink of an eye, you are caught off guard yet again.


Jin Chen has been able to assimilate his design fundamentals and graphic background into a fun and exploratory direction that is very unique and contemporarily popular with an entirely new generation of collectors.