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Paper in bloom: Zhuang Hong Yi’s make-believe world

Zhuang Hong Yi transports the viewer to three-dimensional floral tableaux vivants in an exhibition that needs to be seen up close to be appreciated for the artist’s exemplary skill and visual power, writes SAJID RIZVI.

Zhuang Hong Yi 2013: Untitled 016,  60 x 60cm, rice paper, ink and acrylic on canvas

Zhuang Hong Yi 2013: Untitled 016,
60 x 60cm, rice paper, ink and acrylic on canvas

The selling show at Hua Gallery in London (19 March 2014 – 30 May 2014) also features Zhuang Hong Yi’s equally adept and exquisitely delicate manipulation of porcelain to produce works mounted on canvas that create the illusion of resplendent vast chunks of green jades impossibly hung on walls. In the event it’s all quietly astonishing and inspirational, and very beautiful.

Hua Gallery collaborated with Aria Art Gallery of Florence to present these new works by the Chinese artist, who divides his time between studios in Beijing and the Netherlands.

Of his artistic practice Zhuang Hong Yi says his works represent “beauty, sophistication and a high level of perfection with a clear presence of Chinese influence” — statements borne out by what the viewer finds in this delightful exhibition.

Blossom: The Art of Zhuang Hong Yi. Hua Gallery, Unit 7B, G/F, Albion Riverside, 8 Hester Road, Battersea, London SW11 4AX. T +44 (0)20 7738 1215

Zhuang Hong Yi 庄红艺: Life and Art

Born 1960, Sichuan. Educated at Sichuan College of Fine Arts, Chongqin

Selected Individual Exhibitions

1993 Gallery Waalkens, Finsterwolde, Netherlands

1996 Foundation Waalkens, Finsterwolde, Netherlands

1997 Nanky de Vreez. Amsterdam, Netherlands

1999 Foundation Waalkens, Finsterwolde, Netherlands

2001 Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherlands

2005 Gallery Krijger+Katwijk, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2007 Gallery Seasons, Den Haag [The Hague], Netherlands and “You” Gallery, Beijing

2009 C Space Gallery, Beijing; Gallerie Ralph Schriever, Köln [Cologne)], Germany; Museum Zoetermeer, Netherlands; Keszler Gallery, New York

2011 White Room Art System, Positano, Italy; Gallery Riger Katwijk, Amsterdam; Seasons Gallery, Den Haag [The Hague], Netherlands

2012 Aria Art Gallery, Firenze [Florence], Italy; Galerie Terminus GmbH, München [Munich]­, Germany; Gallery Leisly Smith, Netherlands.

2013 Leslie Sacks Contemporary, California, USA; Back to Groningen, Museum de oude wolden, Bellingwolde, Netherlands; White Room Art System, Capri, Italy; Houses of Art / The Art of Finding Art, Marbella, Málaga, Spain; Colors of Nature, Leslie Smith Gallery, Amsterdam; Found Museum, Beijing,; Galerie zum grünen Tür, Switzerland; Martina Kaiser, Köln, ­Germany

2014 Absolute Art Gallery, Brugge & Knokke, Belgium

Selected Group Exhibitions:

1997 Cow­drowing­day, Stichting de Boer Waalkens, Finsterwolde, Netherlands

1999 Kunsthal Roterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

2001 Chengdu Biennale, Chengdu, China.

2007 Start from XiNan, China Guangzhou Museum

2008 Empty City, ShangHai YuanGong Museum. China; Art is nothing? Beijing 798

2009 Art HongKong; Art Basel Scope. Basel, ­Switzerland; Art Hampton’s­ New York­ Gallery Keszler, New York,

2011 Art Palm Beach, ­U.S.A, Leslie Smith Gallery­, Netherlands

Art Miami­, Leslie Smith Gallery, Netherlands

2012 Tefaf. With Leslie Smith gallery, Netherlands; Pan Amsterdam, Netherlands, Leslie Smith Gallery, Netherlands; Art Palm Beach-U.S.A, Leslie Smith Gallery, Netherlands;  Art Miami-U.S.A, Leslie Smith Gallery, Netherlands; Zurich Art Fair, Zurich, Switzerland.

2013 TEFAF with Leslie Smith Gallery, Netherlands; Art Palm Beach-U.S.A, Leslie Smith Gallery, Netherlands; Art Miami-U.S.A, Leslie Smith Gallery, Netherlands; Fine Art Asia Fair, 3812 art space, Hong Kong; Venice Biennale the parallel show “China the independent Art Exhibition-never presented sound”; Art Fair Chicago(USA), with gallery Terminus, Munich. Germany

Collections

Museum of Sichuan Fine Art College; China 
Art Center Groningen, Netherlands; 
Art Center Dordrecht, Netherlands, 
Peter Stuyvesant Collection, Netherlands; 
Groninger Museum, Netherlands, 
Fortress, Netherlands; 

Linde AG Collection-Germany
; Sammlung Scholz im KH Köln-Germany
; Sammlung Baumeister (Vers. Für Gartenbau)-Germany; 
Augenzentrum Maus-Germany
; Societe Dr, Halbe-Germany
T agos GMBH-Germany; 
Sammlung Hauck & Aufhäuser Privatbankiers KgAA-Germany; 
Dörnemann Deutsche Bank-Germany; 
Kunstverein-Germany
; Lidy and Etienne Veen; 
Gerard Meulensteen.

 

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