Li Jin with Roger Law: Simple Pleasures

Event date
4 May 2024 to 17 Nov 2024
Event time
10:00 - 17:00
Ashmolean Museum
Beaumont Street
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This exhibition showcases work by the contemporary Chinese ink master Li Jin – his first solo show in the UK – alongside a selection of drawings and ceramic work by the British caricaturist Roger Law and some of their correspondence. The two artists have been friends for many years.

Both share a sense of humour and sharp observation in their artistic endeavours and appreciation of each other's art.

Active since the 1980s, Li Jin is best known for his playful and witty depictions of the sensory pleasure of the ordinaries, which subvert the classical themes of an ideal, elegant, and serene life in Chinese literati painting. Li Jin often accompanies his artworks with calligraphy of Buddhist texts.

After producing his acclaimed satirical show Spitting Image for more than a decade, Roger Law moved to Australia in the late 1990s and discovered Li Jin's work through Australian art dealer Ray Hughes, with whom he travelled to China to meet Li Jin. They have since formed a lasting friendship.