Zhang Hong Xun

individual
Life Dates:
b. 1957
Nationality:
Chinese
Artist Biography:
Bio: Zhang Hong Xun first began print making in 1979, and in 1981 worked as the art editor of the periodical "Reclamation Daily" in Jiamusi in Northeast China. He graduated from the Beijing National University's Fine Art Department in China as a print maker and painter, and is currently the director of the Great Northern Wilderness Printmaking Institute in China, and also serves as the deputy vice chairman of the Great Northern Wilderness Fine Art Artists' Association. Quotes: “Art creation is a beautiful life. Life and creation are just like form and shadow- they cannot be separated. I believe that a noble character is the basis of art creation. It is my goal to translate my love of humankind, of life, and the world into my work. It is my wish, and the purpose of my existence, to share my work with the people who love me and the people I love, and to bring them happiness.” “I am a very introverted person but I really want to pursue freedom in my own mind. If reality is restrictive at least I can pursue freedom in thought. I want my prints to reflect what I feel in my heart. I want my art to be intuitive, not a simple depiction of reality. When I say intuitive, I mean thought not restricted by actual reality. It is subjective and imaginative, inviting people to participate in a similar act of imagination.” “A lot of figures in my art have never existed in the world; they exist in the heaven [tian shang].” “With the lost block technique I can do art creation a lost faster. I can finish a lost block print in half the tine it takes to do a multiple block print (which normally takes at least one month). Also, the lost block technique gives me a lot of freedom. I begin with a draft but by the end of the process I am always surprised. I like the freedom and I like changes in my creation. With the usual multiple block prints the end result is just like your sketch.” Artist Bio: Zhang Hong Xun first started doing printmaking in 1979, and in 1981 worked as the art editor of the periodical Reclamation Daily in Jiamusi in Northeast China. He graduated from the Beijing National University Fine Art Department as a printmaker and painter and is currently the director of the Great Northern Wilderness Printmakng Institute, and deputy vice chairman of the Great Northern Wilderness Fine Art Artists' Association. Many of Zhang Hong Xun's prints are created using the “lost block” technique. The artist prints the entire edition color by color, removing elements of the block after each printing so that by the time the edition is finished little is left of the block. This technique requires mastery over the technical process while allowing a degree of spontaneity in the finished work. Beauty is largely a function of the imagination for artists like Zhang Hong Xun; it exists not in reality but in the artists' imagination. In both his paintings and prints, Zhang's work is informed less by the representational than by the imaginative. Subtle, complex use of color, detail, and line transform the figural in prints like “The Rhythm of Autumn” and “Autumn Sound”, while Zhang's expressionistic paintings make nature the place of a personal, imaginative mythology.With their powerful, free brush strokes and bold use of black ink and color the paintings suggest a profound love of nature and a sense of beauty that comes from the artist's passion for life.