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Zhou Jinhua (Chinese, b.1978)
LOT ID: 66407
Wild Grass No. 1, 2007

Oil, Acrylic, on canvas
31.5 х 57 in. (80.01 x 144.78 cm.)
Signed, and dated in oil paint lower front left.
Lot description
Zhou Jinhua. (Chinese B. 1978). This work is unframed and in excellent condition.

"Wild Grass No 1" is one of the most visually arresting and thematically surreal works to date by renowned Chinese Contemporary artist Zhou Jinhua, who is internationally collected for his unique narratives that tend to involve individuals in the midst of a bizarre situation. Here we see a collective group of miniature people who seem to be in transit packed with gear, some resting, others conversing amongst themselves, their scale diminutive in relationship to the cracked cement surface they stand on and the bright green plant and leaves that scroll through the scene. Zhou is most famous for his iconic 'birds eye view' perspective seen here that makes his paintings feel like an aerial photograph as well as that of traditional Chinese painting, especially in his treatment of the landscape here. Zhou's unique 'remote' perspective and compositional manner immediately distances one emotionally from Zhou's intense and often riotous scenes and also heightens the sense of voyeurism.

As a young child the artist began climbing to bridges and high rooftops to take photographs with his first camera and is also admittedly influenced by the “equal-angle see-through” (dengjiao toushi) perspective of traditional Chinese scroll painters. The artist was born in Sichuan, China in 1978. In 2002 The artist received his painting degree from the elite Sichuan Institute of Fine Arts. The artist has had solo and group exhibitions in China, Taiwan, Germany, and his paintings have been exhibited in Museum shows throughout Europe and Asia, including his 2010 solo exhibition:"Zhou Jinhua", at Neuffer am Park Art Museum, Pirmasens, Germany, in 2009 a solo exhibition, "We Are All Fine, but.....", Kunstverein Konstanz Museum, Konstanz , Germany and the group exhibition in 2007: "Encountering Paintings·Works of 10 Artists", China Art Museum, Beijing, China amongst others. The artist presently lives and works in Beijing China.
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