In a city like Beijing, the excitement and energy of tall buildings and busy streets make us appreciate the restfulness of green spaces, parks and trees. When we bring elements of nature into the urban environment, we create “space” within daily life. A common theme in the collection, and especially present in Beijing, is an appreciation of the natural world, conveyed here through ink drawings, photography, painting and collage.

The Swiss Re office in Beijing

The selected artists in the Beijing office develop their own abstract visual languages of marks, informed by calligraphy, physical gesture and colour theory. Chen Ying and Vivien Zhang also tap into the energy generated between humans and the built environment. Some artists like Chen Xi take their inspiration from technology and digital codes, while others like Chen Yujun and Song Xin are more instinctive and introspective.