11 MAR – 17 APR 2017
Flower Fields and Landscapes sees the return of Chinese contemporary artist Zhuang Hong Yi to REDSEA Gallery. This new solo exhibition further explores Zhuang’s popular flower bed creations, meticulously crafted from pieces of painted rice paper, bent and folded into tiny buds. For the first time in Singapore, we will also be showcasing a selection of sculptural pieces from his five elements series, as well as a body of new mixed media works, further exploring the realms of his trademark flower oeuvre. Combining his Chinese background with a Western aesthetic, Zhuang’s works bear the influence of his past as well as his present, a harmonious and captivating combination of two very different but complimentary worlds.
The flower motif continues to dominate and permeate the works of Zhuang Hong Yi. Meditations oncolour, nature and form, all traditional Chinese aesthetics, the works consist of delicate pieces of painted rice paper, carefully folded and manipulated into hundreds of tiny buds to create highly seductive and tactile pieces. Seen for the first time in Singapore, this new exhibition will also showcase a collection of five sculptures that are yet another nod to his cultural heritage, representing the traditional five elements: metal, wood, water, earth and fire.
Previously unseen canvas works, where the influence of Impressionism can be easily recognised, will also be on display. These pieces feature heavy and highly expressive impasto strokes, where colours fuse together and seep over a collage of unfolded rice paper flowers, giving the works a three-dimensional quality. This rich tapestry of colour and form is further enhanced by the
distinctive wooden frames, which each feature six buckets of five litres of paint, taking approximately eight months to dry. These impressive and highly textured works draw the viewer in, immersing one into a world of vibrant colours and elaborate compositions. This change of direction is yet another example of how the artist is continuously pushing boundaries and venturing into new creative realms.
Zhuang Hong Yi’s exhibition Flower Fields and Landscapes will open to the public on Saturday 11 March 2017 and will run through until Monday 17 April 2017. There will also be a VIP Preview with the artist in attendance on Friday 10 March. All works will be available for sale and a selection will also be available to view online at www.redseagallery.com.