31st May, 2023 11:30

The Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 192

Li Yuan-chia - Kinetic Installation | mixed media

Sold for £5,000

Lot details

Li Yuan-chia
(Chinese, 1929-1994)
Kinetic Installation,
metal and magnetized wood,
circa 1980s,
90cms diameter.

Provenance: gifted to the vendor as a child by the artist. The vendor's mother, Aline Margretta Ball, worked at the LYC Museum & Art Gallery, Banks, Cumbria. This piece was a gift from Li to the vendor. The Gallery had a Childrens’ Arts space which some of these Kinetic pieces were used.

Li Yuan-chia was a Chinese artist, poet, and curator. He was one of a small number of artists of Chinese background active in the UK during his lifetime, and was at the forefront of Chinese Abstraction. The LYC Museum & Art Gallery, as well as displaying works of international artists lent by private collectors, showed Roman artefacts from nearby archaeological site Vindolanda and traditional Cumbrian crafts. Opportunities were provided for 3 artists each month to show their work – more than 350 in total – and incorporated into the Museum’s programme community workshops, a Childrens’ Arts space, poetry readings, a sculpture garden and an LYC publishing press. The funding received by the Museum was minimal, as testified by one of Northern East Arts officers at the time who said that in terms of value for money Li’s contribution to cultural life was without equal.


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Auction: The Modern Art & Design Auction, 31st May, 2023

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