Taste and flavor of life reveals inner side of artist
It has often been said that the tableau reflects the inner side of an artist. This is certainly true with Zhang Hongyang.
Her solo exhibition, to be held at the Original Gallery from tomorrow, invites viewers to appreciate an art world in an existential way.
Born in 1988 in Suzhou, Zhang graduated from the Department of Traditional Ink-wash Painting at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou in 2011. A rising star in the art community, the artist frequently held exhibitions in Beijing, Shanghai and Yantai (Shandong Province).
This exhibition at the Original Gallery features about 50 of the 30-year-old’s latest works in traditional realistic style.
Shao Qi, one of the most famous art critics in China, said apart from the intricate and realistic depiction of the familiar images, there’s a profound ambiance over Zhang’s paintings.
“The decorative element the artist purposely fuses in the tableau enriches and ‘lightens’ her works,” Shao noted.
For example, the bowl with a fitted cover, the floral utensils, the bizarrely shaped rocks, or the rouge costume the monk is wearing are distinctive in her work.
“In fact, these images often depicted with strong colors are a striking contrast with the elegant and lightly depicted backdrop, unwittingly complementing both. That’s what I called the ‘profundity’ in her work,” Shao explained.
Usually traditional ink-wash paintings don’t appeal to the younger generation. However, Zhang is good at transforming the familiar traditional art language into a more chic and modern one with a feminine touch.
Zhang said she has been fascinated for years by tea ceremony, ikebana, incense, Taoism and Chinese zither.
“What I have painted in my work is the flavor and taste that I enjoy in my life,” she said.
Date: March 16-May 15, 10am-6pm
Venue: Original Gallery
Address: Bldg 4, 731 Hongxu Rd