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Li Yuan Chia

Unique Photographs

Li Yuan Chia: Unique Photographs

In his lifetime, Li Yuan Chia (1929-1994) travelled from China, to Taiwan, Bologna and London but found his home in a house that he bought in 1972 from Winifred Nicholson in Banks at the far north of Cumbria on Hadrian’s Wall. Now regarded as China’s first conceptual artist, Li Yuan Chia made this house into the LYC Museum and Art Gallery - a place for showing innovative art alongside children’s workshops and his own experimental work. Li Yuan Chia’s art encompasses sculpture, painting and poetry but the focus of this exhibition is photography. A group of Li’s lyrical hand coloured photographs of himself, his sculpture and garden at Banks is shown alongside the artist’s own collection of film cameras. Mostly set in the quiet of autumn and winter, these photographs convey a melancholy beauty from the last years of the artist’s life.

18 May 2019 – 15 December 2019


Image: Li Yuan Chia, Untitled, c1993. Courtesy the Estate of Li Yuan Chia.