About The Art
Using traditional techniques from Chinese calligraphy and watercolor painting, I use this piece to explore the intersection of east and western painting methods. My aggressive brushstrokes are inspired by my background in traditional Chinese pieces paired with western techniques I have honed as an artist in the U.S. This pa portrait carries a solemn, yet stoic expression almost nonchalantly peering in the viewer’s direction. The young woman is full of independence, optimism, eagerness, perhaps a glimmer of naiveté.
About the Artist
As his career and technique evolved from China to the U.S., Zhang Shaoyuan’s latest contemporary collection is a mirror of a true artist seeking to capture the singular complexities of life through portraits. Zhang began his career as an artist at the age of 17. As a volunteer for the Red Guard, he was sent to the countryside for eight years of re-education.
When he wasn’t toiling away in the rice fields or mine shafts, he created monoprints by carving on blocks of bamboo. Inspired by his environment, Zhang produced Cultural Revolution propaganda art, glorifying unified labor and depicting the unfussy and solitary life of farmers.
Under Deng Xiaoping in the 1980s, China underwent dramatic economic and social changes and Chinese art began to flourish beyond propaganda. In the late 1980s, as budding contemporary artists began to emerge in China, Zhang moved to the U.S. to study western techniques. The artist’s time in Utah also led Zhang to periods of isolation in the southern Utah wilderness, where he spent countless hours painting while exploring the region’s desolate red rock canyons. His artwork today mirrors a profound tranquility and deep self-reflection that is his own stemming from the hardships experienced in the fields of China and as an impoverished immigrant student working as a janitor and living alone in the U.S.
Additional Print information
Our prints are museum quality prints, that use 100% archival rag paper and archival inks, resulting in beautiful prints with rich and vivid colors. All of our prints include a minimum border of 1" for easy framing. Photographs are printed on a thick, white, matte paper.
The dimensions listed are for the paper size and not the image itself, to give you a better understanding of how much space the print will take up when you hang it on your wall.
Our prints are professionally framed with wood mouldings, archival UV plexi-glass, and come ready to hang on your wall with a hanging wire. Prints can be framed with a 2.75" white mat, or without.
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All of our art, regardless of whether it is framed or not, ships within 7-10 business days. Unframed prints ship in tubes, and framed prints and canvases in boxes, providing extra protection and safe delivery.
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