From March 22 to April 27, Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery is delighted to present the solo exhibition of Beijing-based artist Zhang Gong (b.1959), entitled “Beyond Description, Beyond Boundary”, featuring a total of 24 pieces of acrylic-on-canvas works, which includes the latest Garden of Eden series, Metropolis series from 2010-2016, and rare early works from the 1990s, providing a comprehensive overview of Zhang Gong’s artistic journey spanning over 20 years.
Zhang Gong's artistic journey has gone through several stages: surrealistic paintings from 1992 to 1999, devotion to animated films from 1999 to 2009, appropriation of cartoons and masterpieces from 2007, the Metropolis series from 2010 to 2016, and the Garden of Eden series from 2017 to 2018. Despite different stages of experimentation of the styles, Zhang Gong has expressed a consistent artistic concept.
For Zhang Gong, creation is his monologue against reality. He has been silently observing the individual experience and memory of the city, interpreting his true nature and his vision through various art forms. His work illustrates the world with extreme detail, with a particular focus on the subjects that are on the edge of fading. He uses rich symbolic and allegorical references borrowed from cartoons and other imagery to construct virtual scenes in a whimsical manner, and conveys his deep reflections in the process of rapid social transition.
About Zhang Gong
Born in Beijing, China, in 1959, Zhang Gong graduated with an MFA from the Central Academy of Arts and Design in 1993. He is currently a Professor at the Information Department of Art and Design at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
As early in the 1990s, his paintings gained recognition from the Chinese contemporary art world, and were exhibited at the “Contemporary Chinese Oil Painting Exhibition - From Realism to Post-Modernism” (Belgium, 1995), “China!” (Kunstmuseum, Germany, 1996), “8+8-1: Selected Paintings by 15 Contemporary Artists”, touring exhibition across Europe (1997). Since his first major solo exhibition in Hong Kong in 1994, he has held over 10 solo exhibitions in New York, Tokyo, Beijing, etc. His works are collected by important museums and organizations including Uli Sigg Collection and Asia Society Contemporary Art Collection.
Zhang Gong is also one of the pioneers in making hand-painted animated films in China. From 1999 to 2009, he produced five independent animated films, such as "Ms Red" (2009), "Black Pig, White Pig" (2005), "Trees" (2003), which were highly praised in many international animation festivals in Europe and Asia, such as Annecy International Animated Film Festival, France, Brussels Animation Films Festival, Belgium, London International Animation Festival, and Cinémathèque Québécoise, Montreal.