Li Yuan-chia

7 Artworks : 1963 - 1993
Born 1929 , Died 1994



  • Yuan-chia was born in 1929 and died in 1994.
  • Yuan-chia was a Chinese artist, poet and curator.
  • Yuan-chia incorporated installations, works and photography into his art, and was one of a small number of artists of Chinese background active in the UK during his lifetime.
  • Yuan-chia was born in Guangxi, China.
  • Yuan-chia was educated in Taiwan from 1949.
  • Li Yuan-chia was one of the Ton Fan group (東方畫會) that formed in Taiwan by 1956, also known as Orient Movement or Dongfang Huahui. It is credited with establishing modern abstract art in Chinese circles. The group exhibited in 1957 at the São Paulo Art Biennial. In Taipei in November 1957 they held a collective exhibition, including works by Spanish painters obtained by Hsiao Chin. This was the first of 15 shows to 1971, but the group became less active because of the emigration of many of its members. A 25th anniversary show took place in 1981.
  • Yuan-chia spent time in Italy, in Bologna and Milan; he was a founder of the Punto group, rejoining Hsiao Chin (蕭勤, Pinyin Xiao Qin), and was resident in Bologna in 1965.
  • Yuan-chia moved to London in 1965 where he exhibited with David Medalla and later at the Lisson Gallery. He participated in the 1966 Signals 3 + 1 exhibition, organised by Paul Keeler and Anthony de Kedrel, with Hsiao Chin, Ho Kan, and Pia Pizzo.
  • In 1968 Yuan-chia moved to the area of Brampton (now in Cumbria) in North West England. After two years residence near Lanercost, he purchased a derelict farmhouse at Banks on Hadrian’s Wall from the artist Winifred Nicholson.
  • The LYC Museum & Art Gallery, which was active for 10 years (1971-1982), was the inspiration of Yuan-chia and relied for its realization almost entirely on his own physical and imaginative resources. Located in rural Cumbria in the village of Banks, a short distance from both the Northumbrian and the Scottish border, it soon became a significant cultural focus for an increasingly wide area, despite transport links at the time being almost non-existent.
  • The LYC exhibited artists such as Andy Goldsworthy and David Nash. Rosie Leventon, Rose Frain, Kate Nicholson and Bill Woodrow held solo shows there during the 1980s. It also encouraged the creative efforts of children, some of whom went on to successful careers in the arts.
  • Gaining increasing recognition for his enterprise, after a year or two Yuan-chia was awarded funding from the Arts Council, making it possible for the Museum to continue its activities for the ten years he had originally planned.



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