His work is liked by:
Canova22, Sofía G. Ruiz, Loft Zero Gallery,


Love

Lantian D.

Lives and works at London (lantiand.com)

Born 05/12/1985

Curriculum

EXHIBITION 2016 July 28 - August 7 Society of Women Artists (SWA), at the Mall Galleries, London 2016 Won The Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture, the major prize of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters (RP) 2016 Highly Commended by The De Laszlo Foundation Award at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters (RP) 2016 May 5 - 20 Royal Society of Portrait Painters (RP), at the Mall Galleries, London 2016 March 17 - April 2 Royal Society of British Artists (RBA), at the Mall Galleries, London 2016 March 7 - 13 Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, at the Mall Galleries, London 2015 October 21 - November 1 National Open Art Competition (NOA), at the Royal College of Art, London 2015 Won The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant 2015 June 5 - 13 Society of Women Artists (SWA), at the Mall Galleries, London 2015 April 17 - May 31 BP Portrait Award (tour), at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales 2015 April 16 - May 1 Royal Society of Portrait Painters (RP), at the Mall Galleries, London 2015 March 11 - 21 Royal Society of British Artists (RBA), at the Mall Galleries, London 2014 December 9 - 21 Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI), at the Mall Galleries, London 2014-15 November 27 - April 12 BP Portrait Award (tour), at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery 2014 October 4 - November 16 BP Portrait Award (tour), at the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens 2014 June 26 - September 21 BP Portrait Award, at the National Portrait Gallery, London 2014 June 26 - July 5 Society of Women Artists (SWA), at the Mall Galleries, London 2014 May 8 - 23 Royal Society of Portrait Painters (RP), at the Mall Galleries, London EDUCATION 2012 Postgraduate Certificate, Chinese Art History University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies 2008 - 2009 Master of Media Arts and Production (film) University of Technology Sydney 2005 - 2008 Bachelor of Commerce University of Sydney, Business School LANTIAND.COM

Statement

Having devoted myself to painting in 2013, with a B. Commerce and M.A. in filmmaking, I was an outsider to the art world. I once considered applying for the MFA at a top London art school, hoping to get a foot into the door of the art establishment. Upon seeing the school’s degree show however, I repealed my decision. The works on show were too radical for me to consider them as Art, let alone good Art. In response I spent months reading to find out why. I was intrigued by the theories and revolutions that propel much of today’s Contemporary Art. What has happened to Art over the last century reminds me of Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment: an educated young man brutally murders a mean old woman due to his convoluted reasoning that murder is permissible for a “higher purpose”. With this killing, the protagonist reasons away society, its laws and its virtues. With the law, perhaps we live in a flawed world; but without it, we are left with pure anarchy. A dreadful freedom. Today, traditions of craft and the pursuit of beauty have long been forsaken by much of the art world. Postmodern Art, which appears to have been initiated by Duchamp and capitalised on by Warhol (and so on), no longer makes sense to an “un-indoctrinated” eye. The Avant-garde of the 20th century finally got more than what they bargained for. Look around: insipid jokes, flippant kitsch, hollow attitudes, juvenile anger, nauseating shocks, bewildering objects and shameless plagiarism are the daily diet of the art industry. Can Art still be true? Can Art still be beautiful? Can life still imitate Art far more than Art imitates life (as Oscar Wilde once said)? Amongst the violent changes and the everyday revolutions, I still believe that Art will not progress (unlike technology). Art for me is the perfection of human expression, and human nature has neither changed nor developed much. We still contemplate the same ideas – which Plato, Confucius, Buddha and Jesus explored over two millenniums ago – about life and mankind. The “old” Art that moved me when I was little moves me still. Beyond this haphazard surface of postmodernity, I am to pursue the Unchanged Art. J. M. Coetzee, Nobel Prize laureate in literature, once commented on writing: “Grasping the world as it is, putting it within a certain frame, taming it to a certain extent, is quite enough of an ambition.” His words describe my current vision for painting. LANTIAND.COM

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