Archive for June 8, 2012

Artists working with the face and figure……Zhou Jinhua

A clip showing the artist preparing for a gallery show.

The artist was born in Deyang, China in 1978.

Attended college at the Sichuan Institute of Fine Arts in Chongking, China. Now lives and works in Beijing and Chongking, China.

On line and land based galleries:   White Rabbit Gallery in   Chippendale in New South Wales, Australia.    http://www.whiterabbitcollection.org/artists/zhou-jinhua/

When I think of this artist I think of the large groups of people, a large mass involved in a unique situation.  The artist mixes realism with imagination and spectacular vantage points.  If ever there was an artist who painted scenes from a birds eye view, HERE HE IS.

I enjoy his vantage point and sometimes the viewer can even experience a feeling of falling. Comic book artists in general do a great deal of drawing the figure from unique view points, but this artist is as good as it gets for painting in this manner with oils and acrylics.  The artist is also great at making his compositions and the people in them flow in one direction, the viewers eye is always asking questions.

The subject might be enjoying a great day on a beach, but in the painting’s reality it is only a bathtub.  Zhou Jinhua is also great at making the viewer smile and laugh.

An artlink address for the artist :  http://www.artlinkart.com/en/artist/overview/426atyt

high price range: acrylics $20,000

low price range: $8,000 oils

The artist loves to mix two of his favorite mediums, photography ( for the aerial shots) and ancient Chinese calligraphy to give his works tremendous flow and movement. As a young boy when he received his first camera he immediately went out climbing to the tops of roofs, bridges,  and trees just to take pictures. Paints very large canvases.

Looking deeper into the artist’s work lets analyze the people.  Each is painted individually, not as a group. Many are going there own separate paths and sometimes even characters that are standing next to each other have shadows going in different directions.

A direct quote from the artist for his use of the bird’s eye view,” The bird’s eye view I use for my pictures is not a position of power for me- I need distance from the event in order to understand whats happening there.”

Drawing groups of people and making them interesting is one of the toughest tasks you can have as an artist. Some pointers. Start in the background and use greys for clothes in the distance, in the foreground use some complimentary colors.  Some great painters of groups include the Italian artist Giotto.  My favorite modern day painter of groups would be Joseph Zbukvic.

Try an aerial view work today!

Inhale, Exhale, CREATE!

D