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The Chen Melbourne

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The Chen Melbourne

Zhong Chen

Artist Zhong Chen smiles in front of his mural of a horse

"From traditional Chinese calligraphy to bold international acclaim: The incredible story of Zhong Chen."

Born in Zhongshan, China in 1969, Zhong Chen's artistic spark ignited through traditional Chinese calligraphy lessons in the early eighties. Inspired by a trip to an international exhibition of contemporary Chinese calligraphy, he embarked on a quest to pursue art.

Despite initial plans to move to America being diverted, Chen found himself in Australia in 1989, where he delved into art education and eventually earned his Honours degree, propelling him to the Chelsea School of Art in London.

Chen's artistic repertoire encompasses various styles, from traditional European genres to pixelated compositions reflecting Chinese culture. His influences draw from cultural histories spanning China, Australia, Germany, the USA, and the UK, echoing the styles of renowned artists like Basquiat, Warhol, Peyton, and Turk.

While Chen's work explores diverse themes, his early embrace of ink brush painting remains evident. Playful and gestural, his pieces often feature bold black outlines against softer watercolour tones, evoking a cartoonish charm.

Additionally, Chen intertwines elements of popular Chinese culture, such as Kung Fu, into his compositions, blending contemporary and traditional influences.

Humour is a recurring theme in Chen's art, evident in his self-portraits and depictions of animals from the Chinese horoscope. His work reflects his negotiation of Chinese Australian identity, exploring themes of belonging and social acceptance within his community.

Since graduating, Chen has continued to exhibit internationally, showcasing his talent in solo and group shows. His work has been widely collected, with pieces featured in prominent institutional collections across Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, and China.

Buy Zhong Chen's Artwork

A white and black hotel lobby with pastel coloured artwork on the walls
Watercolour style painting of a girl and an animal
A painting of two people side by side in pastel colours
An abstract painting of two women in blue and green dresses
Abstract artwork of a girl sitting in a bed of flowers
Abstract artwork of a girl sitting in a bed of flowers
A painting of a bird with pink and yellow brushstrokes
A landscape painting with blue and yellow hues
Painting of a bird sitting on a branch
Two birds sitting on a branch with pink and blue shading

The Chen Melbourne

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Featuring 100 intelligently designed suites that are complemented with the vibrant works of Chinese born, Australian Artist, Zhong Chen. The Chen plays home to local and interstate travellers looking for a stay for work or play.

Featuring spectacular views of Melbourne's CBD and surrounding suburbs from the impressive rooftop pool and entertainment deck and all the while only being a hop, skip and jump to Box Hill's exciting dining precinct.

Discover The Chen Melbourne