Emotions and Landscapes: An Exhibit on the Paintings of Yihong Zhou

June 24 – August 11

Our next exhibition features Yihong Zhou, a contemporary Chinese painter whose primary focus is portraiture.  Classically trained, Zhou studied at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, earning his Bachelor of Arts from the Faculty of Oil Painting in 1983.  Rejecting the portraiture trends set by his contemporaries, Zhou sought to follow his own path in creating his own unique style.  Rather than confining himself within the bounds of any single technique, Zhou instead gained inspiration from his subjects and their settings, allowing them to dictate his brushwork.  The result is work replete with expressive strokes that truly capture the essence of the moment.  Accordingly, his portraits provide a glimpse into the daily life of Chinese citizens from the last few decades, portraying moments of time captured expertly in the fast-paced and ever-changing environment of modern day China.