Zhu Wei: New Pictures of the Strikingly Bizarre

April 13 V 23, 2005

Plum Blossoms Gallery, Hong Kong

Plum Blossoms Gallery is pleased to present New Pictures of the Strikingly Bizarre, a solo exhibition of vividly colored prints by Beijing-based Chinese artist Zhu Wei. The prints are made during his artist-in-residence program at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute (STPI) in 2004. 

Zhu Wei was invited as the first artist from China to participate in this program. When he was staying at STPI for 8 weeks collaborating with professional printers and papermakers, he took the opportunity to utilize printing techniques including woodcut, etching, lithograph and screenprint on handmade STPI paper to produce 13 different brightly colored prints.

Providing the series of prints with a title from Chinese classical literature (G_ Erke Paian Jingqi), Zhu Wei further explores his familiar subject matter of common people and their lives in contemporary China. Images of peasant workers, figures from his previous ink painting series, such as the Festival series and the Heavenly Maiden Scattering Flowers series; as well as his records of the SARS event are depicted in the prints. It shows the artist's concerns of the society and the sentiments of common people.





Born in Beijing, 1966, Zhu Wei began studying art when he was young. He joined the People's Liberation Army in 1982 and graduated from the PLA Art College in 1989. A few years later, his division was decommissioned. Then he attended the Beijing Film Academy. Upon graduation in 1993, he started his own art studio. His work has been shown and widely collected in Europe, the US, and Asia.

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