‘Tracing Peach Blossom Spring’ in Pingshan

Writer: Cao Zhen  |  Editor: Vincent Lin  |  From: Shenzhen Daily  |  Updated: 2022-05-11

The sixth floor of the Pingshan Art Museum has been turned into a pink “peach blossom land” where Shenzhen artist Zhou Li is exhibiting her paintings and installations, all in a pink tone, at the “Tracing Peach Blossom Spring” exhibition, to express the artist’s thoughts on the relationship between humans and nature.

Zhou uses mixed media, including oil paint, washes of ink, charcoal and cotton cloth. Her lyrical abstract paintings capture her acute sensory observations of the world: lightness and shadow, solidity and dissolution, the sense of being. Building upon the history of European painting and the central tenets of traditional Chinese art, Zhou harnesses both traditions to develop a distinct painterly language. Her free-flowing charcoal lines intersect with circles of paint in a gauzy, gossamer palette; these delicate, layered forms appear to float in space and follow a complex compositional arrangement that extends beyond the surface of the paintings. Her paintings look towards nature as a starting point, particularly the mountainous terrains, but are imbued with a sense of much more: Every brush stroke on the canvas is driven by her persistent query and pursuit of being.

Photo from the museum's WeChat account

Having graduated from the Department of Oil Painting of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 1991, Zhou worked in France from 1995 to 2003 and is now a guest professor of the academy and art director of Boxes Art Space of OCAT Shenzhen and Boxes Art Museum in Shunde. She is also the director of No. 5 Studio in the Department of Oil Painting of the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts and an academic committee member of Shenzhen’s Pingshan Art Museum.

Meanwhile, Romania-born artist Daniel Knorr is also exhibiting his works at the “Materialization” exhibition inside the art museum. The ending dates for both exhibitions have not yet been announced.

To mark the third anniversary of the opening of the Pingshan Art Museum, three double-decker sightseeing bus tours will be organized for visitors who can also attend three workshops at the art museum May 15, 21 and 28. Follow the art museum’s WeChat account “PingshanArtMuseum” for sign-up information.

Venue: Pingshan Art Museum, Huide Road, Pingshan District (坪山区汇德路坪山美术馆)

Transport: Take the high-speed rail from Shenzhen North Station to Pingshan Station and then take a taxi

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