Senior Artist of the People’s Republic of China to hold private view in British Museum

Senior Artist of the People’s Republic of China, Zhang Huafeng is holding a private view of 30 of his works at the Clore Centre for Education in the British Museum on Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 June 2017.

Zhang Huafeng is both a prolific and prestigious Chinese artist, integrating a Baoshi style of Chinese impressionism with heavy inks and gold dye and an academic who has organised numerous national exhibitions and programmes including the sending of 10 Chinese works of art to space in China’s fourth manned spacecraft – Shenzhou 10. 

The private viewing reception, held on Tuesday 13 June from 6.30 pm, will enjoy a welcome from of the Chinese Embassy, as well as insights of the Asian art scene in the UK from Virginia Sykes-Wright Executive Director of Asian Art in London and an overview of the growth in interest in Chinese art in the west from Lazarus Halstead, Head of Asian Art at Chiswick Auctions.

Zhang Huafeng, who is also dedicated to researching the history and theory of calligraphy of Chinese art, and is Deputy Editor of Chinese National Painting and Calligraphy will also provide a painting performance. 

The evening will conclude with a networking reception. 

The artist is also dedicated to the promotion of arts in China and to supporting young artists and as such holds other posts in China including Vice Chairman of the Association of Chinese Young Artists and Master of Fine Arts of Renmin University of China, Secretary-General of Chinese Arts Association; Vice-chairman of China Connoisseur and Collector of Penmanship and Painting Association and Dean of Zhongci (Beijing) International Academy of Paintings and Calligraphy. 

On exhibiting in London, Zhang Huafeng said:

“I am very much looking forward to having my works shown at a private event in London, meeting members of the British art world who are interested in Chinese art and listening to their feedback. 

My art is inspired by traditional Chinese techniques, the philosophy of Ming Dynasty painter and scholar Dong Qichang who believed that painting should provide an outlet of emotional expression rather than just an imitation of the subject. This differs from traditional Western art which, on the whole, is more naturalistic. This private event will ultimately provide a stronger connection and exchange of artistic ideas between West and East. ”

Virginia Sykes-Wright, Executive Director of Asian Art in London said: “We have seen a tangible growth in both interest and sales of contemporary Chinese art in London over the past few years, and it is encouraging that the Chinese Government is supporting a vibrant new artistic culture. I look forward to meeting Zhang Huafeng and discovering his body of work.”

Lazarus Halstead, Head of Asian Arts at Chiswick Auctions said: ““London has been engaging increasingly with classical, modern and contemporary ink paintings in recent years, and contemporary ink art is emerging as an area in particular to watch. Mr Zhang Huafeng’s exhibition is important in creating an artistic dialogue between East and West and I look forward to learning more about his work.”

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