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.
Zhang Haiying's series of work "Anti-Vice" is based on Internet photographs of young women caught up in the Chinese government's efforts to purge the city of prostitution and pornography. The artist creates his artworks by using photographic images with subtle painterly manipulations to enhance mass media aesthetics to translate his message. His artworks have been collected by the Saatchi Gallery.
Fu Yiyao is a Chinese visual artist. Many works by the artist have been sold at auction, including 'Literati' sold at Poly International Auction Co. 'Chinese Contemporary Ink Paintings II' in 2012 for $184,124.
Shi Qi's work is characterised by vigorous brush strokes, dense ink and strong colours spontaneously applied in a free, expressionist manner. His paintings are not completely abstract, however. Beautiful ladies, warriors or Buddhist images hide amongst the unfettered brush strokes and patterns of colour, just visible, giving a dreamlike effect and a feeling of mystery.
Aukse sees photography as more like a part of her soul and her camera is an extension of her heart and her voice. A lot of Aukse's inspiration comes from a reflection of her experiences. The best way to describe her style would be 'West Meets East' as it sums up where she has come from and where she is now.
Shortly after moving to China, Aukse's work has been recognized and appeared on pages of some of the biggest magazines in China. These include Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan and Cosmobride.
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