HONG ZHU AN

Born 1955

 

HONG ZHU AN - A LONG JOURNEY

Source: press release

December 12 - 27, 2003

Plum Blossoms Gallery Hong Kong

The directors of Plum Blossoms Gallery take great pleasure in presenting Hong Zhu An- A Long Journey, a solo exhibition of the renowned Singapore-based Chinese artist.

Recognised as one of the leading contemporary Chinese artists, Hong Zhu An's combination of pseudo-calligraphy and abstract color fields successfully create a kind of visual symphony which lead the audience to a journey of meditation. Hong Zhu An Ė A Long Journey will be on view at the gallery from December 12 to 27, 2003.

Three years after his first solo exhibition in Hong Kong, Hong Zhu An continues to explore the blending of calligraphic characters and layers of colored ink wash on traditional Chinese rice paper. Application of subtle tones of blues and greens defines a spatial depth which suggests a contemplative quality to his work. Built upon the colored background are various forms of calligraphic strokes and characters, that create rhythmic patterns to excite the eyes of the audience. The tension derived from within not only produces brand-new composition of Hong Zhu An's paintings, but triggers our bygone emotions of the past.

Hong Zhu An was born in Shanghai in 1955. He studied at the Shanghai Art & Craft Institute from 1973 to 1976 and at Szechuan Fine Art University from 1982 to 1983. In 1997, Hong received the Master of Arts degree from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia. Hong has been a full time artist for the last decade and his works are acquired by private and public collections around the world.

 

Going Forward

Source: press release

12/2/2004 - 1/15/2005

Opening reception: 2 Dec 2004, 6-8pm


Red Dream 2004


Classically trained in calligraphy since his early youth, Hong Zhu An has been among a select group of painters pushing literati arts into a more cosmopolitan, contemporary realm. Best known for his work with abstract color fields that reference several thousand years of Chinese art through surface texture and tone, Hong Zhu An returns to the fundamental aesthetic of the line in his new paintings. Taking inspiration from the dramatic, drooping forms of willow branches and other tree imagery, he decomposes calligraphic elements into essential gestures that play fitfully between representation and text while still incorporating great swathes of ambient color and tonal depth suggesting elemental phenomena or the visualization of temporal reverberations.

Hong Zhu Anís paintings have developed out of the artistís own intensely personal journey in search of creative resonance, roving nomad-like across the annals of Chinese material culture to the social realism of Communist Chinaís academies, street arts in Sydney, and his current residence in Singapore. Included in Going Forward are a number of paintings inspired by a recent trip he took to Bali, where the play of light through the dense, matrix-like branching of the islandís volcanic highland canopies evokes an alchemy of horizon: a lyrical tension between visual immediacy and extinguishment that complements the artistís chosen media of richly textured mineral pigments on paper. Here, Hong Zhu An masterfully reinvents the painted surface as a terrain to be traversed, a living, breathing ecology both dangerous and enchanting that demands of its explorers a courageous, inquisitive first-step forward.

Hong Zhu An rose to prominence on the Singaporean art scene after winning the prestigious UOB Painting of the Year Grand Award in 1994. He was born in 1955 in Shanghai, China, into a family of painters. After training at the Shanghai Art & Craft Institute from 1973ó1976, he became an assistant lecturer there until 1989, also taking a sabbatical from 1982ó1983 to study under Professor Huan Wei Yi at the Sichuan Art Academy. Hong Zhu An left China for Australia in 1989, moving to Singapore in 1993 where he earned his MA from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia, at LaSalle-SIA College of Arts, Singapore, in 1997.



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Venue:
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