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The exhibition "In My Garden" is the first solo exhibition of Chinese artist, Zhuang Hong Yi in Hong Kong. We went to see it at Opera Gallery in Hong Kong.

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Known for his “colour-changing” acrylic paintings, Zhuang masters the 3-dimensional world of flowers, drawing inspiration from nature’s most beautiful symbols, depicting roses, irises and tulip petals in his signature style. His works represent beauty, sophistication and a high level of perfection with a clear presence of Chinese influence represented in his use of colours, themes, shapes and choice of materials.

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Born and raised in Sichuan, China and currently based in between his Rotterdam and Beijing studios, Zhuang has achieved international acclaim for his bold, sculptural paintings that have been shown in over 30 solo exhibitions and important group shows at major venues worldwide including the Found Museum, Beijing, China; the Groninger Museum, The Netherlands; and in Venice, Italy in conjunction with the 55th Venice Biennale of 2013.

The compositions in this series of works are powerful demonstration of a daring, yet surprising, mix of bright colours, allowing the wild outdoors to enter the gallery domain and shift the exhibition space into one mesmerizing celebration of life. I bet it would do the same in your home!

 
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17-i-027. 2017. Collage of rice paper, acrylic, ink and varnish on canvas. 50 x 50 cm. Image Courtesy of Opera Gallery Hong Kong.

The interactive experience offered to the viewer makes his work pure and fascinating, inviting us to play active part in the shifting process of the colours, experiencing dynamic results at each viewing point. Start from left to right, or right to left and as you move around the paintings, get mesmerised of how sometimes totally contrasting colours have been combined into one artwork, only seen from a specific angle!

 

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17-i-051. 2017. Collage of rice paper, acrylic, ink and varnish on canvas. 90 x 90 cm. Image Courtesy of Opera Gallery

 

Inspired by Chinese folk art, its materials and how they are used, Zhuang works with rice paper providing him with an inexhaustible source of inspiration from which he gathers new ideas.

Sharing his time between east and west, he often uses references to western movements such as impressionism forming a bridge between his birth place in china to his current life in the Netherlands. 

Although the exhibition technically has ended, we are told that for at least the next week, some of his works will be showed on the 1st floor of the gallery, so pop over to W Place to see a little bit of magic!

 

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17-i-037. 2017. Collage of rice paper, acrylic, ink and varnish on canvas. 50 x 50 cm. Photo courtesy of Opera Gallery. 

ABOUT THE ARTIST: ZHUANG HONG YI

Born: Sichuan China, 1962
Residence: Living and working in The Netherlands & Beijing, China since 1992

Zhuang Hong Yi can best be described as a Chinese, contemporary artist who has impressed audiences in different countries by his unique style in his many pieces of modern art. His works represent beauty, sophistication and a high level of perfection with a clear presence of Chinese influence represented in his use of colors, themes, shapes and materials that touch the heart.

One can recognize features from his Chinese background which, at the same time, are gracefully combined with strong Western allure is undoubtedly the result of his upbringing and education in China and the international ‘European’ experience and inspiration he has gained since 1990, when he moved to the Netherlands; where he eventually settled with his wife Luluo, also an artist. Even after many years of residence in Europe, Zhuang still holds his studio in Beijing, China, where he returns a couple of times a year to work, collect new materials and to get inspiration.

Since moving to Western Europe in the early nineties Zhuang Hong Yi ‘s style has continuously developed. His work exists in many different forms and shapes, but also in a variety of materials and sizes. Zhuang Hong Yi has made paintings with ink, mixed traditional Chinese materials like acrylic and oil paint and rice paper. Zhuang’s paintings are very often characterized by a daring and surprising mix of bright colors. He also creates sculptures and art objects in wood, porcelain and metals, amongst others.

In his different pieces of art, of which several of his paintings can be considered 3-dimensional, he brings elements from his Chinese background together with Western impressionist elements which has resulted in an impressive and beautiful collection created over the past 21 years.

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OPERA GALLERY HONG KONG 

W Place, 52 Wyndham Street, Central

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Founded by Gilles Dyan in Paris in 1994 and now internationally established with offices in Paris, London, Geneva, Monaco, New York, Miami, Aspen, Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul, Beirut and Dubai, Opera Gallery is one of the leading dealers in modern and contemporary art with museums as well as private clients worldwide.
Offering artworks of high quality, the gallery has a reputation for excellence, integrity and discretion that it continues to earn by providing a high level of service to understandably demanding clients.
Opera Gallery will assess quality and authenticity, evaluate, exhibit, care for, buy and sell art principally for the benefit of the collector.  
 

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