A Tree in Battersea Park 03
Monotype Print/Collage
40 x 53 x 5 cm

Yuchen Bian

I am Yuchen Bian, an artist who has journeyed from Wuhan to London, and now finds herself connecting with audiences in Germany. Art for me is not just a practice; it’s a reflection of my life’s experiences, a medium through which I express my deepest emotions and stories.

My artwork, “A Tree in Battersea Park 03”, holds a special place in my heart. It was born out of the solitude and introspection I experienced during the COVID-19 lockdown in 2021 in the UK. This piece is not just a depiction of a tree; it’s a mosaic of my feelings during that challenging time. Having endured the onset of the pandemic in Wuhan and then facing another lockdown in the UK, this artwork encapsulates a range of complex emotions – a blend of nostalgia, resilience, and a deep connection to nature as a source of solace.

The rejection from the Royal Academy of Arts was disheartening, but it also served as a catalyst for my participation in the Refugee Salon in Germany. This exhibition is an avenue for artists like myself, who have faced rejection, to showcase our resilience and commitment to our art. I see it as a platform to share my story and connect with an audience that perhaps sees a reflection of their own experiences in my work.

My aim is for the audience at the Refugee Salon to engage with my art on an emotional level. I hope they can sense the layers of feelings and memories embedded in my print of the Battersea Park tree, and in doing so, find a moment of connection.

Looking forward to a contemporary art exhibition, I envision a space where art becomes an interactive experience, bridging the gap between the artist and the audience. Integrating tactile elements in my work is essential, as it allows the audience to physically connect with the art, just as I connect with it while creating. Marrying traditional techniques with modern technology would provide a dynamic and immersive experience, reflective of the evolving nature of art and life.

In conclusion, my participation in this exhibition is an opportunity to share a personal chapter of my life, to connect with others through the universal language of art, and to celebrate the perseverance and diversity of artists who continue to create despite challenges.

– Yuchen Bian

Yuchen Bian offers viewers a glimpse into her intimate world with “A Tree In Battersea Park 03,” on display at krautART ARTspace’s “Salon de Refusées.” This monotype print/collage is a narrative of life’s small yet resplendent moments, woven through memory, time, and nature.

Her artwork serves as a conduit for her life experiences, dreams, and musings. Yuchen’s affinity for tangible mediums stems from a desire to forge a physical connection with her creations. The richness of textures and the interplay of colors in her prints emerge from her distinctive fusion of vibrant hues and traditional printmaking techniques, culminating in a unique illustration style that is both visually arresting and emotionally evocative.

Yuchen’s artistic expression is a celebration of the everyday, transformed into something extraordinary through her lens. Her art invites the observer to pause and reflect, to find the extraordinary in the ordinary, and to connect with the deeper narratives woven into the fabric of everyday life.


The "Salon de Refusées" is an art initiative inspired by the historic 1863 Paris exhibition. It's a platform celebrating female (read) artists who've faced rejection, turning exclusion into empowerment. Our project is dedicated to showcasing art in its most authentic form, creating a space where diverse voices and stories are seen and revered. Join us in this artistic uprising, where each piece adds to our resilience and the unyielding spirit of creativity.