In October 2007 The Red Mansion Foundation invited Qiu Jie to London to take part in an artist residency, part of our wider programme of exchange activities. Qiu Jie stayed in London for one month and produced a new series of work based on his encounters and impressions of London, which will be shown at The Red Mansion Foundation in Spring 2008.

Having trained in both Chinese high-realism and European multi-media schools, Qiu Jie’s drawings are informed from a wide range of aesthetic influence. Executed in massive scale, and taking months to complete, Qiu’s pencil drawings are achievements of awesome endeavour. His painstaking process is canonised in the timeless quality of his images,which merge the styles and iconography of ancient Chinese art with traditional and contemporary western imagery and references.