The bicycle has nearly 200 years of history. Since it's invention in 1817, the bicycle became the leading fashion trend of the aristocratic class, but it ultimately returned to the average person's daily life.
Those born in the 50's or 60's in China will remember that having a bicycle was a very glorious thing. Having a bicycle to ride was a source of confidence for young people. Due to this, the bicycle has become the primary subject in Zhang Peng Ye's works.
This series of work is called 'Travel'. It was completed in 2009 and it is an expression of Zhang Peng Ye's best wishes to all the people riding bicycles to continue to pursue their dreams and their ideal of living in the city. These paintings capture the mindset of the everyday struggle yet depicts that within this harsh social reality, there is always hope in moving forward towards one's goals.
Zhang Peng Ye's work has been exhibited at the International Art Expo in New York, multiple exhibitions across China and is currently on digital display at the Saatchi Gallery.
Artist Hu Chang Hui is interested in depicting the relationship and tensions between man and nature through illustrative styled oil paintings. "I prefer to tell stories from the animal's point of view because humans often think that we are at the centre of the world of the world despite the fact that all life is created equal", explains Hu Chang Hui. His art reflects the Chinese philosophy of the "Unity of Man and Nature" and its belief that man must follow the law of the universe, to respect and protect the natural, to have an insight into the truth that harmony can produce all things. Among his best known works are the 'Beautiful World' and 'Animal' series where animals and humans are painted against the backdrop of unique landscapes to reflect the coexisting relationship of all life. These works are painted on medium to large sized canvases. One of Hu Chang Hui's artistic goals is to create more societal awareness towards how humans should treat our environment.
An admirer of David Hockney, Hu Chang Hui's recent exhibitions have featured portrait paintings of his friends in relaxed casual settings. He justifies such a choice in subjects by stating that he will only create portraits of humans that he truly understands. Hu Chang Hui is currently based at the Beijing Song- Zhuang Art Village, his works have been exhibited at the China National Convention Center, Beijing 798 Art Zone, and exhibitions across China.
Hu Chang Hui's 'Peony Pavilion' (first painting to the right) will be featured in the 2017 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition.
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