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2016.11.18 Fri - 2016.12.30 Fri
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Zhu Yiyong: The Realm of the Heart
[Press Release]

Galerie du Monde
Press Preview: Thursday, 17 November 2016, 3-5 pm
Opening reception: Thursday, 17 November 2016, 6 – 8:30 pm
Exhibition dates: 18 November – 30 December 2016
Venue: 108 Ruttonjee Centre, 11 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong

Galerie du Monde takes great pleasure in presenting The Realm of the Heart, a solo exhibition of new work by Zhu Yiyong (b. 1957, Chongqing). This exhibition will mark a relationship of over two decades between the artist and the gallery, who first presented his work in 1995. Alongside new paintings that the artist has completed during these two years, the entire space will be transformed with the artist painting the gallery walls for a week prior to the exhibition opening, creating a site specific work in response to the curation of his works in the exhibition space.

This exhibition will showcase more than ten new paintings created in 2016 from Zhu’s series ‘The Realm of the Heart’. This new work is a continuation of a change of practice that occurred almost a decade ago following a serious illness experienced by the artist. In 2008, Zhu felt drawn by a sense that there was an unprecedented crisis of human existence brought about by the destruction of the natural world. This existential realisation saw Zhu shift his focus from expressing the humanistic claim in his work to connecting it with a concern for nature in his painting. Zhu shifted his focus to nature so as to gain a deeper experience of the environment of today’s society.

Some of the paintings on display will be portraits in oil on canvas with landscape backgrounds, with several stunning pencil portraits and the others are landscape paintings. The landscapes are familiar; traffic jams or skyscrapers, but Zhu has a unique ability to use delicate brushstrokes and suggestive grey colours to render a haunting and truthful depiction of the real living environment of the urban Chinese cities, struck by intense pollution while the use of light and a refined, realistic technique gives a sense of dust over each image. The artist achieves this by applying a thin layer of paint over the finished work before creating texture and building up more layers of paint, the effect of which is an emulation of dust. Through the use of light treatments, the artist is able to highlight the gradual change of different layers.

A week before the exhibition opens, Zhu Yiyong will transform the interior of Galerie du Monde by painting the walls of the exhibition space, in addition to the works already hanging on the walls. The resulting site-specific painting will be destroyed once the exhibition has ended.

Zhu Yiyong received critical acclaim early on in his career for his ‘Rustic Realistic painting’ a field in which he is a leading artist. His portraits of rural life in China and delicate use of colour to construct a social commentary became the cornerstone of his work, with his series ‘Memories of China’, featuring Chinese holding up a cat’s cradle in the shape of a red star, winning him critical acclaim in recent years.

While contemporary artists increasingly feel drawn towards a growing art market, Zhu remains true to his personal experience and his personal experience only, as he observes the physical environment of the society he finds himself in, using an avant-garde approach to critique economic growth, sprawling urban society in China, and the destruction of the natural environment.

‘We are extremely proud to host Zhu Yiyong’s fourth solo exhibition at Galerie du Monde this November, signifying our entry into a third decade of work with this critically important artist. Alongside the many new powerful works on display, we are especially excited to see the new piece Zhu will create as he paints directly onto our gallery walls. We feel blessed to have witnessed the development of Zhu’s career over the last twenty years and look forward to further collaborations as he continues to challenge and poignantly explore the impact human behavior has on the destruction of the natural environment.’

- Fred Scholle, Founder & Chairman, Galerie du Monde



About Zhu Yiyong
Zhu Yiyong (b. 1957, Chongqing) studied at the Oil Painting Department of the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. His monumental painting, Father and Son, was selected for an exhibition of works by Sichuan Young Artists. He then participated in the Second Chinese National Youths Art Exhibition where he received a bronze medal, before placing in The Sichuan Youths Art Exhibition at the Sichuan Museum of Art in 1980. In 1981, Zhu Yiyong became a Professor at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute where he still holds a position as an esteemed academic. The artist has exhibited internationally with recent solo exhibitions at Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong (2014 & 2012), Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong Kong (2011) and 798 Avant Garde Gallery, New York (2008).

About Galerie du Monde
Founded in Hong Kong in 1974, Galerie du Monde has been specializing in modern and contemporary works by internationally established Chinese artists for over 40 years. The gallery also nurtures and promotes emerging talent, presenting a varied programme of solo and group exhibitions with a strong focus on works of art on canvas, paper, sculpture, photography and new media. To celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2014, Galerie du Monde introduced the GDM Projects series to strengthen the gallery’s support to a wider group of artists from different nationalities, providing them the opportunity to exhibit outside of their own countries.