Zhou Yilun - 周軼倫
July 17th - August 23rd
Gallery Hours: Monday to Saturday 10:30am to 7:00pm or by appointment
Art Statements is delighted to announce the first solo exhibition by upcoming Chinese artist Zhou Yilun in Hong Kong. In his first exhibition with the gallery, a selection of his new paintings and drawings/collages will be presented.
Born 1983 in Hangzhou, where he currently lives and works. Zhou is a graduate of the prestigious oil painting department of China Academy of Art. His humorous yet insightful portrayals of contemporary societies symbolise human desires in the nature of the wild life survival instincts, revealing a modern world that has gone wayward.
Drawing his initial concepts and subjects from materials found in magazines and newspapers, Zhou frequently utilises traditional Chinese mystical figures, stories, idioms and phrases, in the context of China’s overtly materialised and competitive society after 80’s economics reform, to colour and project the unfolding of this ironically poignant and bizarre phenomena.
Zhou’s amusing yet critical metaphor is evidently pronounced with the depiction of a pig eating a tiger in the painting, Eat It!, an literal interpretation/visual translation of an old Chinese idiom that read: ‘One’s pretending to be a pig in order to eat a tiger’, which in spirit mirrors the meaning of ‘Beware of a wolf in sheep’s clothing’. His play on words and visual elements serves as a timely criticism of our winner-takes-all culture.
Zhou has been collected by several important private collections and he has had a number of solo exhibitions in both Shanghai and Beijing. He has also participated in group exhibitions at the He Xaing Ning Art Museum in China and the Mannheimer Kunstverein in Germany in 2006 and 2007 respectively.
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