A Chinese artist working in the United States, Guo Zhen is steeped in the Chinese ink painting tradition having taught at the Chinese Painting Department of the China Academy of Art since the 1980s. Since settling in New York in 1986, Guo Zhen has participated frequently in exhibitions. A Child’s View from 1984 testifies to Guo’s new style of ink painting from earlier in his career. The painting focuses on a girl in a red shirt seated quietly in a crowd. Next to her is a goat, and next to it a mysterious object from which several lines emanate. Although executed in the ink medium, this painting does not depict the traditional subjects of landscapes, birds, and flowers, but rather a quotidian street scene. The men in the foreground are wearing generic black pants, but their fashionable shoes evoke China’s opening after the economic reform. A Child’s View thus embodies a historical consciousness. In recent years, Guo Zhen has been invited many times to exhibit works in China, including in the “Ink as Model” group exhibition at the Sanchuan Modern Art Museum organised by the renowned curator Gao Minglu. 


Contemporary Asian Art

6 October 2013 | HONG KONG