Zhuang Hong Yi uses paint and traditional Chinese rice paper to create luscious, flower-like beds on panels. Embracing his present without losing his past, he attempts to define a sense of self that exists between both east and western cultures.
Los Angeles, 819 La Cienega Boulevard West HollywoodMap
Opening Reception: Friday, Mar. 29th, 6pm -9pm
March 23, 2019 (Los Angeles, CA) - The House of Fine Art is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Zhuang Hong Yi (b. Suichuan Province, China, 1962) - his first solo presentation in Los Angeles. Zhuang Hong Yi uses paint and traditional Chinese rice paper to create luscious, flower-like beds on panels. Embracing his present without losing his past, he attempts to define a sense of self that exists between both east and western cultures. Zhuang enacts this personal struggle visually, vacillating between phases of controlled planning, emotional gesture and careful editing. Employing Chinese aesthetics, meditations on color, nature and form while referencing Impressionism and Western artistic practices, his large-scale, sculptural panels reference the significance of the flower from his native China to that of the blooms in the Netherlands. Zhuang’s use of dual and multi-color palettes subtly shifts tones as the viewer shifts position. His impasto strokes of daring, bright colours are expressive and unconfined. Colors melt together and paint drips down the canvas, seeping over a collage of delicately unfolded rice paper flowers. The almost sculptural, three-dimensionality makes these works both painting and object. Messiness, variety and chance are all embraced, drawing the viewer in, encouraging contemplation as they immerse us in a tapestry of colour and form. About Zhuang Hong Yi: Born in Shichuan, China, Zhuang went on to study at the Sichuan College of Fine Arts in China and the Academy Minverva in the Netherlands. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Keszler Gallery in New York, Seasons Gallery in Den Haag, and Gallery Krijger Katwijk in Amsterdam, among others. The artist currently lives and works in the Netherlands and Beijing, China.