Dalian – Japanese and Russian Built Heritage

Dalian – Japanese and Russian Built Heritage

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Welcome to Dalian

Recently, I travelled along the Shenyang-Dalian Expressway (also known as the Shenda Expressway) in Liaoning province, China. This is a 400km motorway from Shenyang, in central Liaoning province, to Dalian, which is at the southernmost tip of the Liaodong peninsular. My destination was the beautiful Jinshitan scenic area of northeast Dalian and the Golden pebble beach, known as Jinshitan (金石滩).

Having some knowledge of Dalian’s historical past, I was equally keen to track down and visit Japanese and Russian built heritage. My search began at Zhongshan Square, in the centre of Dalian city.
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At the James Freeman Gallery

‘The Islands Across the Sea’

Currently showing at the James Freeman Gallery, Islington, is an amazing exhibition of artworks by Claire Partington and Cornelia O’Donovan entitled ‘The Islands Across the Sea’. At a recent private viewing the renowned Upper Street art gallery was packed with art lovers and collectors of the artist’s works.

Claire Partington creates amazing narrative earthenware figures very much in the European tradition,  and her technical skills are a wonder. Claire was shortlisted for the Young Masters Art Prize, London 2012. Well, my personal choice for her best art in this exhibition is ‘Master of the Universe’ (below left).

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Claire Partington – ‘Master of the Universe’ (detail)
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Cornelia O’Donovan – ‘Beware of False Lambkin’

 

Images courtesy of James Freeman gallery.

 

 

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