Through a dynamic language of abstraction, Zhang’s oil paintings convey a visceral engagement with the surrounding natural environment while evoking the depth of human emotions. With a calligraphic execution, his bold and gestural brushstrokes demonstrate a unique physicality and spontaneity, which resonate with early influences of Abstract Expressionism and the Automatistes Movement. The luscious colors and rich textures dictate each composition by accentuating its inherent physicality, and in doing so, add a sculptural quality to the painting.
Every artist has their artistic inspirations rooted in the Masters. For Zhang, the Automoatistes and Abstract Expressionists are close to his beginnings. Other inspirations include Helen Frakenthaler, Chaim Soutine, and Egon Schiele
Recent feature in PhotoEd Magazine’s Female Photography Issue
Jennifer Kostuik is please to be selected as a jury member for the 2022 Minimalist Photography Awards.
The Minimalist Photography Awards is a non profit association, powered by black & white Minimalism magazine and funded by Milad Safabakhsh. It aims to recognize, reward and expose talented photographers all around the world and introduce them to the professional photography industry.