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Hong Zhang
updated: 12/10/2013
website: www.hongchunzhang.com/
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Twin Spirits 2
Life Strands
Life Strands (side view)
Three Graces ( triptych)
Twister#1
Twister#2
Curl
Big Waves (detail)
Fall
Prairie Waves
 
Portfolio Keywords:  spiritual, nature, meditative, portraiture, surreal, conceptual, identity, gender/sexuality, feminist, figurative
 
 
Twin Spirits 2 by Hong Zhang
Twin Spirits 2
charcoal on paper on scroll
2002
240 " x  60 " 
Life Strands by Hong Zhang
Life Strands
charcoal on paper on scroll
2004
360 " x  60 " 
Life Strands (side view) by Hong Zhang
Life Strands (side view)
charcoal on paper on scroll
2004
360 " x  60 " 
Three Graces ( triptych) by Hong Zhang
Three Graces ( triptych)
charcoal on paper on scroll
2010
100 " x  42 " 
Twister#1 by Hong Zhang
Twister#1
charcoal on paper on scroll
2009
108 " x  36 " 
Twister#2 by Hong Zhang
Twister#2
charcoal on paper on scroll
2012
48 " x  120 " 
Curl by Hong Zhang
Curl
charcoal on paper on scroll
2013
48 " x  125 " 
Big Waves (detail) by Hong Zhang
Big Waves (detail)
charcoal on paper on scroll
2013
48 " x  144 " 
Fall by Hong Zhang
Fall
charcoal on paper on scroll
2013
160 " x  60 " 
Prairie Waves by Hong Zhang
Prairie Waves
mixed media ( charcoal drawing and straw bales)
2012
42 " x  384 " 

Artist Statement

According to Eastern culture, a young woman’s long hair is associated with life force, sexual energy, growth, and identity. 

I am a Chinese born artist living and working in the US. My work is a combination of traditional skills and the contemporary ideas. The inspirations for my work come from the immediate environment. I mix my Chinese heritage, aesthetics, and identity with my new home in the US. The sample work I submit is a series of large scale hair drawings. It has to do with my identity as a woman, a sister and a Chinese. I use long, black disembodied hair as a metaphor to reveal something that is beyond the surface.

The charcoal medium creates a visual image of my hair, which incorporates fine details, darkness and illumination. In addition, traditional Chinese culture has influenced my work.  The drawings are presented as scroll paintings. This accentuates the length of the piece and the flow of my hair. The larger than life-size scale presents an imposing and surreal image with a three-dimensional effect that extends the meaning beyond the surface. 

In my current work, I combine hair ( my identity)with natural environment such as hair with Kansas tornado and the prairie grass and my previous home in California ( hair with wave and waterfall) 

 

 

Artist Bio / CV
Born and raised in the People’s Republic of China, I grew up in an academic environment. Both my parents are retired art professors and my two sisters are also painters. When I was 15, my twin-sister and I won the National Competition to attend the high school attached to the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. From there, I began my professional art training. In 1994, I received B.F.A. from the Beijing Central Academy of Fine Arts and M.F.A. from the University of California, Davis, in 2004.  

 

Over the last twelve years, I have studied under both Chinese and American fine arts educational systems, and I believe I have discovered a balance between the two cultures and artistic styles. In China, I developed a solid foundation in painting, but the content was restricted.  In 1996, I came to America to expand my education in fine arts. The graduate school in the US has provided me with the freedom to develop new concepts for my work.  This unique experience has been recognized with a Skowhegan Artist Residency Scholarship (2003) and a Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowship (2004) and Pollock Krasner Foundation grant (2006). I have exhibited my work nationally and internationally at various venues such as The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Asia Society Texas Center, Japanese American National Museum, The Contemporary Art Museum of Norway, The 3rd Chengdu Biennale at China Chengdu Contemporary Art Museum and The 8th Shanghai Biennale, Galerie Steph in Singapore, BRIC Rotunda Gallery in Brooklyn, San Francisco Chinese Culture Center,The Portland Museum of Art in Maine and at University Galleries such as UC Davis, CSU Sacramento, University of San Antonio, University of Kansas and University of Oaklahoma. My work has been collected by Sylvain Levy DSL Collection in Paris, White Rabbit Collection on Contemporary Chinese Art in Sydney, Orig Foundation in Zurich, Spencer Museum of Art at KU and Urich Museum of Art at Witchta State.

 

I currently live and work in Lawrence Kansas.