ZHUANG HONG YI – IN BLOOM
24 August – 17 September 2016
Zhuang Hong Yi is a contemporary Chinese artist who has impressed global audiences with his unique style. His work has been exhibited in China, the U.S. and throughout Europe, including Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, Poland, Switzerland and Spain. In Bloom features Zhuang’s signature ‘flower beds’, crafted from delicate pieces of rice paper, bent and folded into hundreds of tiny buds.
Zhuang’s work is built upon his native country’s well-established artistic traditions and boundaries, which he has married with the Netherlands’ encouragement of freedom of style. Embracing his present without losing his past and he is attempting to define a sense of self that exists between the two. His works represent beauty, sophistication and a high level of perfection with a clear presence of Chinese influence represented in his use of colours, themes, shapes and materials.
The flower motif dominates Zhuang Hong Yi’s artwork. Year after year he works patiently and religiously on this subject alone. The flower is a significant image in Chinese culture, which carries countless meanings and emotions. Zhuang Hong Yi’s ‘flower beds’ are crafted from delicate pieces of painted rice paper, bent and folded into hundreds of tiny buds. Utilising a traditional Chinese material, the works also represent traditional Chinese aesthetics: they are meditations on colour, nature and form.
The emphasis on technique and uniformity, and the focus on the artist’s handling of material are all lessons Zhuang adopted at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, where an academic attitude is predominant, focusing on traditional skills such as printing techniques (wood carvings and lithographies) and figure drawing after models. His work in The Netherlands is characterised by realism and figuration as well, although in a decreasing way. Typical are his ‘Head’-series; portraits, sometimes only the abstracted shape of a head, on large canvases. The rice paper flower finds it’s introduction towards the end of the 90’s, together with a collage-like technique.
In Bloom features Zhuang’s most recent series of ‘flower beds’ which, true to the nature of these breathtaking works are set to impress!
Also, we’re happy to say that all artwork can be acquired using ArtMoney: interest-free loans to buy art. After paying a 10% deposit you can take the painting home and pay the remaining balance over 9 months – interest free.
Would you like to view works by Zhuang Hong Yi? Feel free to contact us at 02 9660 7799 or [email protected].