About The Work
Using the string game as a metaphor, Lu Chao depicts five open hands in cooperation with thin strings across them. The small human figures are walking carefully on the strings – some are falling, some are barely standing."Game No.2" is a depiction of our life, which is full of unknowns – both challenges and adventures.
Born in 1988 in Shenyang, Lu Chao is a graduate of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and of Royal College of Art in London. He now lives and works in London.
Lu Chao’ s oil paintings use a subtle technique to prompt a profound feeling of mystery and imagination. Extensively detailed and relying on a traditional Chinese black and white aesthetic, they usually centre on themes of melancholy, of the link between man and nature, and individuality and recognition.
His works have been widely exhibited in galleries and institutions in China and abroad, including at Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery in Beijing, Galerie Nathalie Obadia in Paris, MOCA Shanghai, in the Museum of Contemporary Art Chengdu and the Today Art Museum.
HdM GALLERY is a contemporary art gallery with a special focus on Chinese art. Founded in Beijing by Hadrien de Montferrand in 2009, it opened a second space in Hangzhou in 2013. A third space opened in London in July 2018.
Since its inception, the gallery has represented and nurtured the career of numerous Chinese artists such as Lu Chao, Zhu Rixin, Wang Yi, Peng Jian and Li Jingxiong. Since the opening of its London space, it has attempted to broaden the audience of additional Chinese artists with little or no representations abroad such as Yang Yongliang, Ye Linghan and Qian Jiahua. Besides, the gallery has successfully formed partnerships with galleries abroad with the same aim in mind. Thus He An is represented by Galerie Daniel Templon in Paris and Lu Chao is represented by Galerie Nathalie Obadia in Brussels and Paris.