Ying Li: From Michael's Window

Exhibition Dates: October 28, 2014 - November 22, 2014

Reception: Thursday, October 30, 6 - 8 PM

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The Painting Center is pleased to present From Michael’s Window, an exhibition of recent paintings and works on paper by Ying Li. All works in the exhibition depict views from the window of Li’s studio in the Chelsea section of Manhattan. Produced over the last two years, these works—created in high volumes of oil paint or combinations of pastel, charcoal, graphite, watercolor and acrylic—reflect Li’s signature style of vigorous gestures and intense color. li works from a deep engagement with the material and the visual possibilities of painting, building a visceral connection with place. To her, the manipulation of paint and the act of seeing are simultaneous and inseparable.

Ying Li was born in Beijing, China, and graduated from Anhui Teachers University in 1977 before immigrating to the United States in 1983. Her numerous one-person exhibitions include those at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, Lohin Geduld Gallery, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, The Painter Center, and Bowery Gallery (all New York City), and in college and university galleries at Dartmouth, Swarthmore, Haverford, Bryn Mawr, and the College of Staten Island. Her work has also appeared in numerous group exhibitions, including those at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, The National Academy Museum, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, Lori Bookstein Fine Art, Kouros Gallery, and Hood Museum of Art.

She is the recipient of Henry Ward Ranger Fund Purchase Award, Edwin Palmer Memorial Prize for painting from the National Academy Museum, Donald Jay Gordon Visiting Artist and Lecturer, Swarthmore College and Artist-in-Residence, Dartmouth College. Her other Residential Fellowships include: Centro Incontri Umani Ascona, Switzerland; Valparaiso Foundation, Spain; Tilting Recreation and Cultural Society, Fogo Island, Newfoundland; and Chateau Rochefort-en-Terre, France. Li’s work has been reviewed in numerous publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Art Forum, Art in America.