From an artist to a curator
In Justin’s eyes, Guangzhou is the place where he discovered his dream. Although Justin started painting when he was very young, it was not until he met Wu Shaoning, Chief Curator of Art Canton, that he began to realize he likes art very much and has the ability to help other artists.
An unfinished art work in Justin’s studio containing litchi and other Chinese elements.
“Mr. Wu has a friend in Beijing who is one of China’s top artists. He helped me organize my first big exhibition,” he said, “from that point on, I found my passion and the unique style in my paintings. I thought that maybe I could learn about the curating process.”
Justin decided to stay in Guangzhou because his art business had taken off and he has more chance to exhibit his artworks here and other cities in China. “Compared to my home, Australia, Guangzhou has a much larger population, which means a larger market for artists.”
In fact, Guangzhou’s art market has been experiencing rapid development recently. More than 20 art exhibitions were held in the city during the month of March only. According to the Art Market Monitor, Artron, Guangzhou has the fourth highest transaction volume in China’s art auction market, behind Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai.