Esao Andrews and Xiaoqing Ding
Two person Exhibition
January 12, 2008
through February 9, 2008
NEW YORK, NY (January 2, 2008) — Jonathan LeVine Gallery is pleased to announce Separate Lives, a two-person exhibition featuring works by Esao Andrews and Xiaoqing Ding. Paired together, these two young Brooklyn-based artists will combine their talents to present new paintings and drawings, showcasing each of their distinctly creative voices. This will be the first time Andrews has shown at Jonathan LeVine Gallery. His work, full of dark and whimsical allegory will be put on display in a series of skillfully rendered oil paintings. Surreal, frightening and humorous all at once, his pieces are windows into a strange and imaginative dream world. Xiaoqing Ding returns to the LeVine Gallery, after having previously exhibited in the 16th Annual Swap Meet group show in 2007. Using Silverpoint and pastels in vibrant hues, her unique interpretation of timeless themes—yearning and fantasy—are flavored with a special mixture of traditional Chinese Folklore, multi-culturally influenced mythology, and eroticism.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Esao Andrews grew up in the Arizona desert, and moved to New York in 1996 to complete his BFA in Illustration at the School of Visual Arts. After graduating in 2000, he spent the next few years working as a flash animator while painting in his free time. Andrews exhibited his oil paintings in coffee shops and group shows before landing his first major two-person show at Fuse Gallery in New York with John John Jesse in 2003. He has since collaborated with Tara McPherson for a DC Comics project, and has created album artwork for several bands, as well. Esao Andrews has developed a signature cast of dark and surreal characters, blending erotic and sometimes frightening images, in a manner that is often compared with other American artists like Mark Ryden and John Currin.
Originally from China, Xiaoqing Ding’s artwork is inspired by a fusion of her eight years of traditional Asian Arts training in Beijing, and her recent exposure to American culture. The result is a captivating mixture of old world technique and modern subject matter. Working with Egg Tempera, Silverpoint, and pastel, her sometimes overtly sexual imagery explores the nature of identity and personal politics. She references ideas from Chinese and Greek mythology, European fairytales and Medieval studies, resulting in a body of dark and mysterious works which focus on timeless sentiments and the personal struggle between good and evil. A recipient of numerous awards such as The Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant in 2001, she has participated in major exhibitions in New York, including Jonathan LeVine Gallery’s 16th Annual Swap Meet.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Esao Andrews was born in 1978. He grew up in Mesa, Arizona, moved to New York in 1996, and is currently based in Los Angeles, California. In 2000, he received a BFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts and participated in the 2002 BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Andrews’ paintings have been exhibited internationally. He has also worked as a flash animator and illustrator. His illustration work has included Baker skateboards, a collaboration project with fellow LeVine-represented artist Tara McPherson for DC Comics, album artwork for several bands including Circa Survive, and cover work for the House of Mystery series published by Vertigo Comics.
Xiaoqing Ding is originally from Beijing, China, and is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. With eight years of training in traditional Chinese Art forms in Beijing, she came to the United States to continue her studies and hone her craft. In 2001, Ding received an MFA from Hoffberger School of Painting at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, followed by a full scholarship residency at Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture and a grant from The Joan Mitchell Foundation. In the years since, the artist has continued exhibiting her work while receiving numerous awards, honors and fellowships.