Jun Chen

Jun Chen

The richly textured landscapes and portraits of Jun Chen reveal an artist who combines a superior understanding of expressive colour with a lively yet controlled impasto technique to consummate effect.

Forgoing brushes entirely for palette knives, the Chinese-born, Brisbane-based painter coaxes undiluted oil pigment onto the canvas and into glorious treatments of purple jacarandas, late autumn lilies, trees blazing with yellow leaves, and magnolias white, pink and red.

“I always follow my emotions of the moment to decide the colour of a painting,” says Chen. “Pure colour is more strong and powerful. I love to paint from nature and the landscape that can touch me.”

Born in Guangzhou, China in 1960, Chen took up oil painting at age 16, but switched to traditional Chinese brush painting while studying for his arts degree at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts.

Relocating to Australia in 1990, Chen moved to Brisbane three years later, where he completed a Master of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) at the Queensland University of Technology in 1996.

Chen has had 20 solo exhibitions in Australia to date. He has been a finalist in the Archibald nine times (he was highly commended in 2017 for his portrait of the late gallerist Ray Hughes), and a finalist in the Wynne and Sulman prizes five times apiece.

Chen’s work can be found in numerous public collections including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Parliament House, Canberra; and the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, which commissioned him to paint Chinese-Australian former ballet dancer Li Cunxin AO, now artistic director of the Queensland Ballet.

Chen’s work is also held in the collections of Shen Zhen Guan Shan-yue Art Museum, Shenzhen, China; Guangzhou Art Gallery, China; Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, China; Art College of Sweden and in private collections in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Australia.

Showing all 24 artworks

Jun Chen Yellow Magnolia with Houses 2023 oil on canvas 100 x 102 cm Sold
Jun Chen Wild Flowers with Red Land 2023 oil on canvas 90 x 90 cm Sold
Jun Chen White Trees 2024 oil on canvas 65 x 58.5 cm $8,500.00
Jun Chen Spring Blooms 2024 oil on canvas 160 x 245 cm Sold
Jun Chen Small Bush Road 2024 oil on canvas 110 x 130 cm Sold
Jun Chen Pond 2022 oil on canvas 100 x 102 cm $15,000.00
Jun Chen Pink Bush 2023 oil on canvas 150 x 150 cm $32,000.00
Jun Chen Magnolia with Hills 2023 oil on canvas 75 x 75 cm Sold
Jun Chen Magnolia with Field 2023 oil on canvas 100 x 102 cm Sold
Jun Chen Magnolia Trees 2023 oil on canvas 100 x 102 cm $15,000.00
Jun Chen Lilies 2024 oil on canvas 136 x 160 cm Sold
Jun Chen Lilies II 2024 oil on canvas 100 x 102 cm $15,000.00
Jun Chen Jacaranda with River 2024 oil on canvas 100 x 102 cm $15,000.00
Jun Chen Jacaranda Road 2024 oil on canvas 100 x 102 cm Sold
Jun Chen Bush I 2023 oil on canvas 100 x 102 cm $15,000.00
Jun Chen Blooms in Bush II 2024 oil on canvas 136 x 200 cm $38,000.00
Jun Chen Magnolia 2 2023 oil on canvas 100 x 102 cm $15,000.00
Jun Chen Fence 2023 oil on canvas 100 x 102 cm $15,000.00
Jun Chen Bush 2023 oil on canvas 100 x 102 cm $15,000.00
Jun Chen Red magnolia 2023 oil on canvas 136 x 160 cm Sold
Jun Chen Lilies 2023 oil on canvas 105 x 100 cm Sold
Jun Chen White Trees 2022 oil on canvas 100 x 102 cm Sold
Jun Chen Red Magnolia with Water 2022 oil on canvas 100 x 102 cm Sold
Jun Chen Pink Bush 2022 oil on canvas 126.5 x 146.5 cm Sold
Jun Chen Pond 2022 oil on canvas 100 x 102 cm $15,000.00
Jun Chen Pink Bush 2023 oil on canvas 150 x 150 cm $32,000.00
Jun Chen Magnolia Trees 2023 oil on canvas 100 x 102 cm $15,000.00
Jun Chen Lilies II 2024 oil on canvas 100 x 102 cm $15,000.00
Jun Chen Jacaranda with River 2024 oil on canvas 100 x 102 cm $15,000.00
Jun Chen Bush I 2023 oil on canvas 100 x 102 cm $15,000.00
Jun Chen Blooms in Bush II 2024 oil on canvas 136 x 200 cm $38,000.00
Jun Chen Fence 2023 oil on canvas 100 x 102 cm $15,000.00