• Cheolyu Kim
  • Jin Sha
  • Ding Hui
  • Gao Xiaowu
  • I Wayan Upadana
  • Wiguna Valasara
  • Amin Taasha
Redbase Aotearoa Art Fair

Cheolyu Kim
Cheolyu Kim is based in South Korea. Kim trained in Seoul and New York and holds BFA and MFA in sculpture. He draws on paper and birchwood using archival ink and his recent exhibitions were held in Seoul, London and New York. Cheolyu has exhibited in multiple group exhibitions (currently in a group show at Redbase, Sydney) and 6 solo shows.

Solo exhibition ‘Journey to Nowhere’ in October at Redbase Art Gallery, Sydney.

Jin Sha
Jin Sha reconsiders the history and reverses the Gongbi style back onto contemporary art with his Salute to Masters series, a surreal provocation and re-combination of Western and Sino-Confucian art history with Eastern philosophical thought. Mindful of Chinese tradition but also to historical Western innovators like Castiglione, Jin Sha collide worldviews to ponder the role of the individual as well as reveal paradoxes embedded in identity, power and temptation. His purpose is to produce works which “unite the recognisable with the unfamiliar so to form dialogue and discussion” on Chinese and world art. His method is a technical exploration of canonical Western art through Gongbi.

The human form – often with a sexualised undertone – has the strongest gravity in Western classical art; while the sacrifice of individuality to a greater good is a general hall mark of Eastern tradition. Jin Sha unites the familiar and unfamiliar in this exhibition to form a dialogue on the ghosts of Western and Eastern thoughts; sex, power and all. Jin Sha is a leading authority of the Gongbi style. He trained at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and his works are held in China and Australia, including at the National Art Gallery of China in Beijing

Ding Hui
In the ploughing series, the artist uses a utility knife to carry out dense horizontal and vertical cutting on the wooden board with multiple layers of different colors. Through the intervention of the farming method, the color of some internal layers is automatically turned over during the action to form a mosaic-like surface, and retains a dynamic force with blasting and irregular, thus breaking the two-dimensionality of painting. The uncertainty of the handwork left traces of farming on the painting, maintaining the non-mechanized language of the painting structure, and at the same time strengthening the spatial structure extended from the painting.

Ding Hui graduated from the Mural Painting Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts. He has had solo exhibitions in Beijing. His works are collected in the Art Museum of the Central Academy of Fine Arts and the Yijia International Gallery. He has participated in several contemporary art exhibitions in China. He has exhibited in various regional galleries, including the Kommunale Galerie Berlin in Germany and the Art Museum of the Central Academy of Fine Arts.

Gao Xiaowu
Gao Xiaowu, a luminary in the realm of Chinese sculpture, has left an indelible mark over the past decade with his unwavering commitment to the belief that “the present is the moment.” His artistry is a testament to the philosophy of “art for the common people,” employing metaphors and a non-extremist, rational approach to convey profound societal critiques and reflections through a gentle and light-hearted demeanour. As one of the pioneers in China’s exploration of art’s diverse possibilities in public spaces, his work reverberates with layers of meaning and contemplation.

In the sculpture, Pet God-Dog, Gao Xiaowu ingeniously employs the image of a smiling, bowing dog as a poignant metaphor for humanity. These dogs, symbolizing docility and submission, juxtaposed against the backdrop of human society, become a powerful commentary on the cunning and survival-of-the-fittest ethos that often prevails. The artwork challenges the human tendency to yield to materialism and self-interest, ultimately leading to a decline in societal ethics and moral values. ‘Pet God series’ is a thought-provoking series that aims to awaken viewers to these societal issues while encouraging introspection on personal actions and values.

Gao Xiaowu is a graduate of the Sculpture Department at the esteemed Central Academy of Fine Arts. His exceptional artistic contributions and global influence position him as a distinguished figure in the contemporary art landscape. His acclaimed series of works find homes in prestigious international art institutions and galleries, including the White Rabbit Gallery and the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). Gao Xiaowu’s active participation in renowned exhibitions worldwide, such as Sculpture by the Sea, the Melbourne Festival, the Venice Biennale, the London International Art Fair, and the Beijing Biennial, underscores his international renown and significance in the art world.

I Wayan Upadana
I Wayan Upadana (b. 1983) is an Balinese artist, painter and sculptor, who works and lives in Bali. He completed his education at the Indonesian Institute of Arts Yogyakarta, majoring in sculpture (2008). He is the member of G-five, an art collective who is active in exploring material based on their artworks base. His solo exhibition Misty Myths at Orbital Dago Bandung, Indonesia 2023, Memory, was held at Fremantle Art Centre, Western Australia 2016. Meanwhile, he has participated in various group exhibitions including : Jakarta Biennale #14, 2011,Maximum city, National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, “Skala” Triennale Sculpture at Indonesian National Gallrey, Jakarta, 2017, and Beyond: Balissering, at fortyfive Downstair Gallery, Melbourne Australia 2016

Upadana has been art residency at Fremantle Art Centre, Western Australia at 2014, Art residency at all saint’s Collage, Western Australia 2019 and Marble art residency at Gallery National Langkawi, Malaysia

Luo Qing
Primarily a sculptor, Robert Jahnke’s practice over the years has straddled design, illustration, animation and sculpture. His work possesses a creative vitality, often with a political edge, and focuses on differing perceptions of reality according to historical facts and circumstance.

Wiguna Valasara
Made Wiguna Valasara, born 1983 in Sukawati, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia. Valasara completed his studies at the Indonesian Institute of the Arts, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2007). He is an artist who is deeply immersed in painting and sculpture. After joining a residency program in Badung, he came with an alternative viewpoint in seeing canvas not only as a medium. His most known works are the ones with the stuffed canvas technique. His subject matters varied from his reinterpretation of Traditional Balinese Painting to the Renaissance and Modern Paintings appropriation. His most recent works have raised many social and cultural issues in Bali. Valasara has pushed Balinese painting’s established boundaries, breaking the conventional style through his determination and willingness to innovate by experimenting with multiple dimensions. This led him to successfully define his creative voice within Balinese and Indonesian contemporary art.

Valasara has participated in many group exhibitions in Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, Australia and Taipei. His solo exhibitions include Carousel at YIRI ARTS, Taipei, Taiwan; Collective Fragment at Art Agenda Jakarta, presented by Bale Project; Playing Balinese at Art Stage Singapore 2016, Presented by Equator Art Projects, at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore; Lukisan Lukisan, Art: 1Art Space, Jakarta (2015); Solo Project at Art Central Hong Kong, presented by Art:1 Art Space (2015); Animal Behave at MonDecor Art Space, Jakarta, and Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Bandung (2010); Marshalling Lines and Colors, Canna Gallery, Jakarta (2009). His works have won several awards, including the winner of the Public Vote Prize at the Sovereign Asian Art Prize 2020, finalist of UOB Painting of the Year (2012); finalist for the 2010 Indonesian Art Award; The Best Painting at the 23rd Anniversary of ISI Yogyakarta (2007). In 2011, he became artist-in-residence at Selasar Sunaryo Artspace, Bandung.

Amin Taasha
Amin Taasha was born in Bamiyan province, Afghanistan, in 1995. When he was just 5 years old, his family moved to Kabul because of the fear of the Taliban. At the age of 5, he learned about the craft of carpet making after moving to Kabul. In 2007, he started painting in high school, and then in 2009, he officially studied painting and calligraphy at the Institute of Fine Arts in Kabul. During studying at the institute, he attended workshops with Australian artist Khadim Ali, this had a profound influence on his practice, and he began to incorporate aspects of abstraction and miniature painting into his artworks.His career as an artist took a sudden unexpected turn in 2012; he was invited to participate in DOCUMENTA -13’s international project at the National Gallery of Afghanistan. Parts of his artworks were misunderstood and drew the attention of the authorities, leading him to be intimidated at gunpoint before being blacklisted from exhibiting his work. This ban led him to seek opportunities to travel abroad, and in the following year he received a scholarship to study in Indonesia (UNNES Semarang, Central Java) before settling in Yogyakarta to study at the renowned Indonesia Institute of the Arts (Institute Seni Indonesia), where he did his degree in Fine Art and exhibited both domestically and internationally.

Redbase Sydney showcases Asia Pacific contemporary art, taking pride in presenting established and emerging artists. With a strong curatorial practice, we produce impactful exhibitions amplifying the creative expressions of artists from cultural hotspots such as China, Korea, and Indonesia etc. Redbase actively participates in prestigious local and international art fairs to promote and represent our talented artists.

Redbase Art presents eight artists from diverse background and four nationalities, spanning from Afghanistan, Indonesia, China and Korea. The work features various media including painting, sculpture, drawing on wood, and hand-stitched on canvas.