Zhang Xue, Something Related with Spontaneous Expression and Presentation
Source:Artintern Author:Feng Shi Date: 2014-02-24 Size:
While reading the recent works by Zhang Xue, one may find out that realism in his paintings has been gradually replaced by abstract means of expression that is growing stronger and stronger...


While reading the recent works by Zhang Xue, one may find out that realism in his paintings has been gradually replaced by abstract means of expression that is growing stronger and stronger. In his Mountain Flower series made in 2012, Zhang Xue extracted the shape of the mountain flowers but put particular emphasis on the brushwork, and he even omitted the use of colors resulting in monochrome in the picture, whereby purely intentional contents save as the main body of the painting and specific images are deliberately avoided in an effort to concentrate his strength on the expression that he himself feels like. In his Story of Things series newly made in 2013, he erased the figurative forms deliberately and completely step by step. Upon reading the original works of Story of Things, which depict on one same object in a set of three frames though, one feels hardly able to identify the uniformity of the object. The artist tries intentionally to show the extracting process of the specific image in order to get his ideas of creation into shape just like working on anatomy; and he also attempts to guide the viewer to have a deeper spiritual exchange with his works. Upon reading his Story of Things set of paintings, one can see Zhang Xue is more and more skillful in the use of abstract brushwork. What’s worth mentioning is that the artist is able to maintain colors in the painting richer but also brief: the dull, original monochrome destroyed by brilliant contrasting colors. No doubt, Zhang Xue is more at home with the abstract way of expression with high proficiency. When appreciating his Story of Things, we can even ignore the object itself but rather get a touch of the artist’s train of thought on creation.

In recent years, more and more artists on the rack have begun making abstract oil paintings. Despite the fact that most collectors in China’s art market habitually tend to collect realistic oil paintings, but in my eyes, it’s a matter-of-course that the Chinese oil painting will tend to be anti-realistic and it has its historical and cultural roots although the contemporary Chinese have been influenced by the global culture from the West and their lifestyle has gradually gone western. But the millennium-old Chinese traditional culture is still deeply rooted in the people’s life ideas and ethos, we have not become more rational or strict in our range of self emotions due to many years of modernization, as the sensibility and freedom in the traditional culture still cause collective resonance among the folks. This is the foundation upon which the enjoyable spirit in Chinese tradition rests.

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