Journey to the East—Zhang Jingli Solo Exhibition
It is the first time that the artist publicizes the works of art presenting about 20 brilliant oil paintings produced in recent years. And Fang Zhiling, a representative of the young generation of art critic and curator, is invited to curate this show. The work presents the image of Monkey King. This traditional Chinese element reveals the painter’s sincere, serious emotion and concerns about the weakening of Chinese culture spirit.
Born in 1970 in Nanyang, Henan, Zhang Jingli received his graduate diploma from Print-making Department of China Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2000. Based on his true emotional experience, Zhang creates his works to express his deep confusion on the essence of human nature, concerns about the pain of life and daily emotions. Before 2008, he was a sober social observer, using vivid metaphorical description to imply noisy, mixed, formidable vitality of Chinese life in his works, showing serious concerns on increasingly out-of-control society. From 2008, he began to change his painting style by adding a well-known Chinese character Monkey King. Declared himself the “Great Sage Equal of Heaven”, Monkey King is a lively, rebel hero who slays demons and searches for justice. The character can be seen everywhere in Zhang’s works. The artist depicts Monkey King with supernatural powers and 72 transformation skills, in the background full of imagination and vision, creating unparalleled visual tension, and bringing viewers unlimited imagination. However, through the seemingly lighthearted, satirical pictures, the sensitive artist hopes that in the context of today’s rapidly-developed society and excessive acceptance of foreign culture, the character deeply-rooted in Chinese culture will re-evoke the self-consciousness on survival and the reflection on environment.
Besides the first one-man-show in Asia Art Center for the latest painting the artist produced in the recent two years, Zhang is invited to attend the exhibition of Orient Museum in Lisbon, Portugal. Zhang Jingli was wrapped up in aesthetic study for two years, and strived to make his artistic creation more flexible and mature. Now, the holding of his exhibition in China and Europe will re-arouse the unlimited imagination of both Asians and Westerners on Chinese mythical hero – Monkey King.