Precious Treasures 宝∙藏

Willoughby City Council Lunar New Year Art Exhibition, produced by Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture

Exhibition Details

Date: 4-28 February 2021

Venue: Incinerator Art Space, 2 Small Street, Willoughby NSW 2068

Gallery Hours: Thursday - Sunday (10am-4pm)

Precious Treasures is a collaboration between Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture and Willoughby City Council in celebrating 2021 Lunar New Year. This art exhibition, curated by the renowned artist Guan Wei, features a fantastic combination of established and emerging Chinese Australian artists, and showcases a diverse range of artworks using different mediums, from paintings and installations, to sculptures and videos. The artists included in the exhibition are Amy Fu, Guan Wei, Jason D. Phu, Justin Qian, Louise Zhang and Xifa Yang. You are invited to discover and enjoy the treasures created by these artists.

Artists' Biographies

Guan Wei graduated from the Department of Fine Arts at Beijing Capital University. From 1989 to 1992, he was the artist in residency at University of Tasmania, Australian National University and Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. In 1993, he immigrated to Australia. In 2008, Guan Wei set up a studio in Beijing. He now lives and works in both Beijing and Sydney. Guan Wei has held more than 70 solo exhibitions in Australia and internationally. He also has been included in many major international contemporary exhibitions, such as Shanghai Biennial; Cuba 10th Havana Biennial; Australia Adelaide Biennial and Third Asia Pacific Triennial; Japan Osaka Triennial; Kwangju Biennial, etc. He has been awarded in many art competitions, including: 2002 Sulman Prize at Art Gallery of NSW Australia; 2015 Arthur Guy Memorial Prize, and Bendigo Art Gallery VIC.

Amy Fu (富中清) graduated in Fine Art from the East China University in Shanghai and furthered her art education in Australia after she migrated in 1989. She worked as an art designer in Shanghai and Australia. She was the Director of the Australian Oriental Artists Associations and Zhong Guo Society Chair who organised several group exhibitions in Australia. She also organised and participated in an exhibition of Australian artists in Shanghai. She curated and participated in the "Contemporary Chinese-Australian Art Exhibition" in Chinalink gallery and the exhibition for "profound Chinese-Australian Artists" in Melbourne. In 2020 she was an exhibiting artist in “Pulse of the Dragon” at Casula Powerhouse Museum. Amy Fu’s artwork has shifted from paintings to modern art installations. She devotes her artistic creation to raising the public awareness of global issues through symbols and materials used in her work. Her installation work has been featured in various newspapers and magazines such as Sydney Morning Herald, Art & Australia, Chinese Main Newspaper and Vogue Living Magazine.

Jason D. Phu grew up in Croydon Park, Sydney. He is a prolific artist, known for his distinctive, humorous style, where he blends painting, installation, performance and sculpture with a mass of intriguing contemporary installations centred on culture and identity to channel alternative histories. He often uses the stories of ghosts, spirits, demons and gods in Chinese culture as a personification of these concepts.

Jason won the Sulman Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW in 205 and was a finalist twice in Archibald Prize for his portrait of curator Glenn Barkley and for his portrait of gallerist Evan Hughes. Recently he has shown in the Dobell Drawing Biennale 2018 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, The Burrangong Affray at the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Primavera 2018 at the Museum of Contemporary Art and in 2019 became the first visual artist to be commissioned  by the Sydney Opera House (with Arrow Collective) to create new work for its Antidote festival.

Justin (JianHua) Qian was born in Nanjing, China and came to Australia in 1991 as a visiting scholar. He now lives and works in Sydney and his sculptures have been displayed in many major exhibitions in Australia. He has won numerous sculpture awards including being a finalist in the Wynne Prize at Art Gallery of NSW in 2006, the Blake Prize in 2007, and the Blacktown Arts Exhibition in 2004 and 2006. Justin Qian had also exhibited in Sculpture by the Sea in 2007 and 2008. He was also commissioned by the City of Sydney to design the Horse lantern that was exhibited as part of the Chinese New Year Festival at Martin Place in 2016 and Lunar lanterns near Circular Quay in 2017, 2018, as well as the Pig Lantern in 2019.


Yang Xifa was born in Tianjin of China. He received his Bachelor in fine arts from Tianjin College of Fine Arts in 1989 and in 1998 he graduated with a Masters’ degree at Tianjin University. In 2010, he was awarded a PhD from Nankai University, China. Yang is the Professor of Oriental Art Department of the Art Faculty at Nankai University, and a member of Chinese Artists Association.

Since 1998, Yang has been living and working both in Australia and China. In 1999, he visited Chuo University in Japan as a Visiting Scholar. He had study tours in Europe and America and had solo exhibitions in Australia, Japan and China. Yang has won the Bronze Award of the Chinese National Art Exhibition and Live in Art 2020 Invitation Art Prize. His publications include Research on Chinese Contemporary Ink Artists – Yang Xifa, published by Tianjin People’s Fine Arts Publishing House, Case Study of Influential Artists in 21st Century – Yang Xifa, published by Beijing Arts and Crafts Publishing House and Representation and Aesthetic Features of Nudity in Chinese Art, published by Tianjin People’s Fine Arts Publishing House.

Louise Zhang is a Chinese-Australian multidisciplinary artist whose practice spans painting, sculpture and installation. Louise Zhang explores the dynamics of aesthetics, contrasting the attractive and repulsive in order to navigate the senses of fear, anxiety and a sense of otherness reflecting her identity.

Her work is inspired by horror cinema, Chinese mythology and botany, adopting and placing symbols and motifs in compositions of harmonic dissonance.