Review: Christopher George
Radiant - magical - sensual - tactile and evocative.
These new works from artist Zhuang Hong Yi bring together a modern view of the impressionist, with the skills of a Chinese craftsman and the emotions of the Western masters.
The opening event was the begining of this 2 part gallery show that starts at the St James’s gallery SW1, then will move to the new home of HOFA gallery on Maddox St.
A personal relationship in the presence of the works is essential to appreciate the three-dimensional nature and colours. The ability of the works to seemingly breath, watch and listen to the viewer, while the change in colour and appearance is remarkable as you move across it’s structure.
Originally from China but now based in Holland, Zhuang Hong Yi spoke with 55factory:
“I had a feeling when I was making these works that I wanted people to touch them. I usually use a brush to produce my works, but now I use my hands to make them. There is a dialogue from nature and from my emotions.
I spend different parts of the day on these; morning, afternoon, evening, and the light dose change. This was a very important point for me to relay in the finished pieces.
For me I chose the idea of the flowerer, which is a traditional Chinese symbol that has been used for over 2000 years. The rose lotus being that symbolic flowerer in China, but I am using the tulip, which is a Western symbol”
The exhibition is showing on 2 locations.
19th to 25th March in their St James’s gallery,
26th March until the 8th April 58 Maddox Street