I was born in Shanghai, China. was living in both the UK and China, inspired by both Western and Oriental cultures, history and present. The source content of my works is traditional Oriental culture under the influence of classical Chinese culture as well as Western and European culture. In the works I place together individual elements from different times and backgrounds. To begin with it was purely experimental, allowing these elements from different cultures to be combined together. Actually, the background to this behavior reflects the environment in which I and other urban youth of China grew up.
I have tried hard to understand why I instinctively chose to express Eastern and Western cultures in a state of combination. People are the product of a time and a specific historical environment. I, myself, am a product of the fusion of Eastern and Western cultures. I was born in an era when Western values and culture hold a leading position – at least the mid-later 20th century and the beginning of the 21stcentury have been that way. Added to this, the city I was born in is a place where Eastern and Western cultures meet, so, although I am a Chinese person with an Oriental background, there is no way I can avoid at least partial Westernization in this era. For example, from the mid-20th century to the present day, mainstream aesthetics have all been produced on a foundation of Western values. It’s all related. Traditional Oriental and Western cultures are completely different in systematic terms. Their modes of expressing the inner core into the exterior –those kinds of powerful discrepancies and contrasts are what attract me most. These two cultures can simultaneously be traced back for very long periods of time. There is a great deal of historical records that allow us to select any particular age to serve as a template for purposes of comparison.
For me as an artist it’s like having access to a bottomless source of creativity. I think that it is an advantage. Because of the fierce contrast, these two cultures must be integrated within a single work of art. My instinctive feelings towards this kind of conflicting aesthetic expression are quite interesting.
Guang-Yu Zhang is currently based in Shanghai, China. In 2012 He received his BFA from Central Saint Martin’s College of Arts and Design, London. Saatchi Art recognized Guang as one of their notable emerging artists and featured him in their ‘One to Watch’ list first. They also selected Guang as one of the” Best of 2014″. Guang was a finalist in the Art Gemini Prize exhibition in 2013 at London’s Rebecca Hossack Gallery, and was selected for the international emerging artists’ exhibition “Continental Shift” at the Saatchi Gallery in April, 2014. His works are displayed in the digital screens for the exhibition “Source Collage” at the Tate Britain in London in August, 2014.
Oriental inspiration takes on a Western twist. The mythical realm blurs the boundaries of reality. Guang’s work presented the aesthetic impression that produce by fusion of strong contrast elements, like the fusion of eastern and Western culture, integration of classical and modern art. He references many Chinese classical artforms and elements and expresses through the contemporary techniques and aesthetic way. Exotic birds gaze across vibrant backgrounds, exploring rich vegetation and soft diffusions of bright hues. Tonal infusions drift across striking backgrounds, adding a dreamy element, almost like a splash of watercolors. Intricate patterns pay attention to even the smallest of details, creating a contemporary collage of contrasting feathers and mystical creatures. Eastern landscapes evolve with poignant motifs and bold brushstrokes, unleashing the imagination to explore a new and untouched world. An innovative mix of traditional elements of culture and travel, creating a fresh balance of texture and color.
Guang-Yu Zhang (b. 1987, Shanghai)
2009-2012 BA(Hons) Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, University of the Arts London, London, UK
2008-2009 Foundation Diploma, Art and Design, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
2018 Art Wynwood, Miami, Florida
2017 Art Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Florida
Scope Art Fair, Miami Beach Florida
Affordable Art Fair Singapore, Singapore
Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, China
2016 Affordable Art Fair 2016 Singapore, Singapore
Asia Contemporary Art Fair 2016, Hong Hong, China
Affordable Art Fair 2015 Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Convention
2015 Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, China
2016 “Fashion salutes Art”, Woolff Gallery, London, UK
“Burst into Life”, Popsy Room, Hong Kong(SAR), China
2015 “Mechanical Phantasy” A Style Gallery, Hong Kong(SAR), China
2014 “Secret Jungle”, A Style Gallery, Hong Kong(SAR), China
Selected group exhibitions
2017 “PHOTO X 2017 Finalists” , Greenrooms Hotel, London, UK,“3” , Lemon Frame Art gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2017
“Timeless, Lemon Frame Art gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
2016 “Art in the City”, Chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai, China
“Opening”, Lemon Frame Art gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
“Between Reality and Imagination” exhibition by Lemon Frame Art Gallery at the Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel
2015 “Art light up Fashion”, Gallery Different, London, UK
2014 “Source – August Texture and Collage” display at the Tate Britain, London, UK
“Continental Shift”, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK, 2014
“Art Gemini Prize 2013”, Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, London, UK
2013 “Open 2013”, Bohunk Institute Galley, Nottingham, UK
“Showcase City”, Rich Mix London, London, UK
“70 Artists 7 Days”, Mile End Art Pavilion, London, UK
2012 “Summer Show”, Central Saint Martins, London, UK
2011 Shen-yang Art Fair, Shen-Yang, China
“Very Un-kettle’s Yard”, Kettle’s Yard Gallery (House), Cambridge, UK
“Dragons in the Lion’s Den” Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery, London, UK