Quentin Shih

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China-USA

 

Spending his time between New York and Beijing, Quentin Shih represents new school Asian photography. His elegant photographic style has conquered Asian fashion magazines, and he offers a form of Chinese “rigor” to international luxury houses, which he introduces to the archetypes of a national aesthetic tinted with State-enforced formality. In particular, the Dior fashion house has already collaborated with this talented artist, in keeping with its campaign to promote contemporary Chinese artists. Quentin Shih is like a playwright with his pictures, capable of painting true scenes, concepts set up in a theatrical manner. He always starts from a sketch, fascinated by the city and its lights. He brings down its walls and façades to invite the viewer inside. I personally love using cinematic style to show the loneliness of people in a surrealistic way, and I really care about the lighting, color and all the elements that can help to tell a story”, tells us the artist who has us captivated with his “augmented” reality and is successfully trying his hand at filmmaking.

 

Installé entre New York et Pékin, Quentin Shih représente la photo asiatique new school. Sa photographie d'élégance a séduit les revues mode asiatiques, et il offre un certain "rigorisme" chinois aux maisons de luxe internationales, qu'il ouvre aux archétypes d'une esthétique nationale teintée de formalisme étatique. La maison Dior s'est notamment associée à ce talent, cohérent avec sa démarche pour le rayonnement d'artistes contemporains chinois. Capable de dramaturgie dans ses images, Quentin Shih propose de véritables plateaux, une théâtralité des concepts. Partant toujours d'un croquis, il est fasciné par la ville et ses lumières. Tombent les façades, les murs, il invite à l'intérieur. "J'aime utiliser un style cinématique pour montrer la solitude des gens d'une manière surréaliste, et j'accorde un soin particulier à la lumière, aux couleurs, à tous les éléments qui peuvent aider à raconter mon histoire", dit celui qui nous fascine avec son réalisme "augmenté", et s'essaie brillamment au film.

 

 

 

EXHIBITION

 

2013


UNCANNY, The Contemporary Art Galleries, Connecticut, US (group)
Quentin Shih, GALERIE ANTONIO NARDONE | BRUXELLES, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
Carlos Betancourt, Marcus Lyon, Quentin Shih, M.A Sanchez, Inception Gallery, Paris, France (group)
10 Years Of Images ! Images Magazine 2003 – 2013, Paris, France (group)
La Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France (group)
Draw and Shoot: Fashion Illustrations and Photography from the Collection, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida, US (group)

 


2012 - 2008


100 Photographs se mobilisent contre le SIDA, Grand Palais, Paris, France
Foto Fever, Brussels, Belgium
SCOPE Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Young Art Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan
Art Palm Beach, Palm Beach, FL, USA
Photo l.a, Los Angeles, LA, USA
"Christian Dior and Quentin Shih" solo exhibition at SHOW OFF, Paris, France
SH Contemporary, Shanghai, China
Art Basel Miami, USA
Texas Contemporary Art Fair, USA
Show Off, FIAC, Paris, France
ArtAspen, USA
ArtHamptons, USA (group)
Lady Dior: Art & Handbag Exhibition, Shanghai, China (group) - Christian Dior – Hong Kong Moment, Hong Kong (solo)
Ritual Of Remembrance, Yang Gallery, Beijing, China (solo)
PhotoGlobal – New Release, Brooklyn, New York (group)
Christian Dior - Shanghai Dreamers, Shanghai, China (solo)
Christian Dior presents photographs by Quentin Shih, Costa Mesa, California, US (solo)
The Stranger in the Glass Box, ION Art Gallery, Singapore (solo)
Women of Many Faces - Portraits of Isabelle Huppert, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing, China (group)
Christian Dior, 60 years in photography, Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia (group)
Dior with Chinese Artists, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing, China (group))

 

 

AWARDS

 

Merit Award in the personal work category for the PDN magazine 'The Look: Where Fashion Meets Art' contest (2010)
President Scholarship Award for the Photo Global program from the School of Visual Arts, New York (2009)
Finalist of the ITS EIGHT contest, Italy (2009)
Winner in the Fine Art Category at the 2009 Hasselblad Masters Award (2009)
Nominated for the New York Photo Awards 2008 in the category of advertising photography/series (2008)
Second place in the Advertising Photography Category at the International Photography Award (IPA) 2008 (2008)
MSN/Microsoft print advertising campaign wins the Gold Award at the 15th China Advertising Festival (2008)
Merit Award in the Advertising category for PDN magazine's 'PIX Digital 2008' contest (2008)
Awarded 'Photographer Of the Year' by Esquire Magazine (China) (2007)