Sun Shining on Zhujiajiao

Jun 7, 2018 - Jul 27, 2018 Solo Exhibitions

Opening: Jun 7, 2018 Thursday
Artists: Zheng Haozhong
Address: KWM artcenter, Beijing
KWM artcenter is pleased to present Zheng Haozhong's first solo exhibition in Beijing from 7 June to 27 July 2018. The exhibition presents 26 paintings painted between 2014 to the present made primarily at two locations: Rizhao and Zhujiajiao. The exhibition aims to show the broad range of his inquisitive and pluralistic approach to painting with representative works from the different studios revealing different themes and stylistic innovations.

The exhibition includes subject matter involving a character called ‘Wanderer’, a man who lived in the artist’s studio for more than half a year where they began to paint each other on the same canvas. There are works based around his once loyal friend, Qiu Chen, with whom he worked between 2013- 16 as well as self-portraits from 2017 showing different techniques and styles motivated by his particular state of mind and present way of life at that moment. In the nature series time acts as a medium as well as a subject. He records the life of a persimmon tree over the 4 seasons compressing time. Finally there is a new series of portraits painted straight after a voyage in Tibet in 2018.

Zheng Haozhong talks of his practice as ever evolving as a mystic talks of time: ever changing, mutable and often, immeasurable. The pictures are layered with the accumulative durational process of their own creation as well as everyday life and experience. He is able to move effortlessly between representation, abstraction and figuration - always fusing imagery motivated by the people and places close to him. The work can appear casual and, at times, quickly made but they are always complete. His compositions can be audaciously bare-boned leaving an emptiness which is surprising and a little unnerving exposing a disconnection between real and pictorial space. However, his approach is honest and direct. His skill is clearly witnessed in his ability to make the picture work regardless of how much or little material is on the painting surface or how much surface area is touched.

Exercising various techniques, such as spray paint, watercolour, thick and thin oil and acrylic paint and multimedia, often stuck directly on the surface, Zheng Haozhong has developed a style that shuns the canonical understanding of art history, in favour of exploring conceptual processes through which a contemporary comprehension of his world can be viewed. He knows the possibilities for paintings lie all around us; the skill is understanding how to frame the selection. The works are defined by this variety in painting which at the same time serves to highlight each works distinct formal qualities.

There is more curiosity than certainty in Zheng Haozhong’s gestural play calling to mind everyone from the Nabis painters, Edouard Viullard and Pierre Bonnard, or Henri Matisse to David Hockney, Michael Krebber or David Ostrowski. With each economical gesture or line, he, as they, takes nothing for granted. Each picture proposes the same questions - Is this a painting? How is this a painting? but with a different argument each time.
INSTALLATION VIEWS
ARTWORKS
  • Windows | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | oil on canvas | 80 × 70 cm | 2017

  • Windows | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | oil on canvas | 110 × 100 cm | 2017

  • Windows | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | oil on canvas | 300 × 200 cm | 2017

  • 13854E | Zheng Haozhong

    | Oil and Spray on Canvas | 200 × 300 cm | 2016

  • Precious | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | oil on canvas | 300 × 200 cm | 2015

  • Windows | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | oil on canvas | 80 × 70 cm | 2017

  • Windows | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | oil on canvas | 80 × 70 cm | 2017

  • Two Characters | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | oil on canvas | 250 × 180 cm | 2014

  • Windows | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | oil on canvas, sponge | 110 × 100 cm | 2017

  • Collection 3 | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 180 × 250 cm | 2014

  • 13854C | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | Oil and Spray paint on Canvas | 200 × 150 cm | 2016

  • Qiu Chen 15 | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 150 × 150 cm | 2015

  • 13854M | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | Oil and Spray Paint on Canvas | 120 × 100 cm | 2016

  • Fruit | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | Oil on Canvas | 200 × 300 cm

  • Self Portrait 2 | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 2014 × 200 × 300 cm

  • Fruit | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | Oil on Canvas | 100 × 120 cm

  • To Sleep Is to Dream of Awakening 22 | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 30 × 40 cm | 2016

  • A Year Long Painting 1 | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 250 × 180 cm | 2015

  • To Sleep Is To Dream of Awakening 1 | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | Oil on Canvas | 30 × 40 cm | 2016

  • To Sleep Is to Dream of Awakening 8 | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 60 × 60 cm | 2016

  • Everything is Secret 1 | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | Oil, acrylic and plastic on canvas | 50 × 60 cm | 2015

  • Woman In Purple | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 40 × 30 cm | 2015

  • Still Life 4 | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 50 × 60 cm | 2015

  • Still Life 3 | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | Oil on canvas, mixed media | 50 × 60 cm | 2015

  • Wanderer 17 | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 38x46 cmx20 | 2014 - 2015

  • Wanderer 15 | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 180 × 250 cm | 2014 - 2015

  • Wanderer 14 | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 200 × 300 cm | 2014 - 2015

  • Wanderer 12 | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 110 × 120 cm | 2014 - 2015

  • Wanderer 6 | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 60 × 60 cm | 2014 - 2015

  • Wanderer 3 | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 60 × 60 cm | 2014 - 2015

  • Wanderer 4 | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 60 × 60 cm | 2014 - 2015

  • Wanderer 5 | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 60 × 60 cm | 2014 - 2015

  • Wanderer 9 | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 110 × 120 cm | 2014 - 2015

  • Wanderer 2 | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 60 × 60 cm | 2014 - 2015

  • Wounded Man | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 200 × 300 cm | 2015

  • Woman | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 200 × 300 cm | 2015

  • Nature 7 | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 110 × 120 cm | 2013

  • Nature 5 | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 110 × 120 cm | 2014

  • Nature 3 | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 110 × 120 cm | 2014

  • Nature 2 | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 110 × 120 cm | 2013 - 2014

  • Nature 1 | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 110 × 120 cm | 2014

  • Qiu Chen 7 | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 110 × 120 cm | 2014

  • Qiu Chen 6 | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 110 × 120 cm | 2014

  • Qiu Chen 17 | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 150 × 150 cm | 2015

  • Qiu Chen 10 | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 60x60 cmx7

  • 13854L | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | Oil and Spray Paint on Canvas | 300 × 200 cm | 2016

  • To Sleep Is to Dream of Awakening 11 | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 60 × 60 cm | 2016

  • To Sleep Is to Dream of Awakening 2 | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 30 × 40 cm | 2016

  • Qiu Chen 20 | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 100 × 300 cm | 2016

  • Self-portrait | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | oil on canvas | 120 × 100 cm | 2017

  • Self-portrait | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | oil on canvas | 120 × 100 cm | 2017

  • Self-portrait | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | oil on canvas | 120 × 100 cm | 2017

  • Self-portrait | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | oil on canvas | 120 × 100 cm | 2017

  • Windows | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | oil on canvas | 400 × 300 cm | 2017

  • Dance | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | oil on canvas | 300 × 200 cm

  • Dance | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | oil on canvas | 300 × 200 cm | 2017

  • Fine 1 | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | oil on canvas | 200 × 150 cm | 2018

  • Fine 2 | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | oil on canvas | 200 × 150 cm | 2018

  • Fine 3 | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | oil on canvas | 200 × 150 cm | 2018

  • Windows | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | oil on canvas | 100 × 80 cm | 2017

  • Windows | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | oil on canvas | 120 × 110 cm | 2017

  • Windows | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | oil on canvas | 120 × 110 cm | 2017

  • Windows | Zheng Haozhong

    Painting | oil on canvas | 120 × 110 cm | 2017