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Blossom Series

Blossom Series
dated and signed '2006 Zhou Chunya’, signed in Chinese (lower right)
oil on canvas
120 x 150 cm. (47 1/4 x 59 in.)
Painted in 2006
Acquired directly from the artist
Anon. sale, Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 5 April 2013, Lot 877
Acquired directly from the above by the present owner
Private Collection, Asia

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Lot Essay

"My paintings of dogs, blossoms and rocks, express of my most ardent affection, as they reflect on my passions in life." — Zhou Chunya

As an artist liberal in style and free in spirit, Zhou Chunya has cultivated his repertoire with a deft convergence of Chinese literati painting and European neo-expressionism. Zhou Chunya's adeptness in artistic innovation, had long since attested to his status as one of the most preeminent artists working in China today.

The iconic series Chinese Scholar Rock, Green Hei Gen II and Blossom Series (Lot 262-264) have unanimously carried with his impressionistic turn, upon Zhou Chunya's return to China in the 90s, the intention to dedicate his art to his identity and sentimental ties. Experimental in its use of texture, the Mountain Rocks series produces of a visual language disparate to the Chinese calligraphy; the artist's cultural precept is materialized with the adoption of dry brush technique, in a style enhanced by western expressionism. From 1990, Zhou Chunya had begun to portray his German wolfhound; the paintings of his loyal pet, realistic in depiction at first, have gradually evolved into the iconic, hyper-realistic Green Dog. Proud and fierce, the unyielding presence of Green Hei Gen II subjugates the canvas, affixed within an obliterated background of calligraphic strokes, at once, brilliant colours integrated through the artist's unique use of brushwork. The land of blossoms has long appeared in traditional Chinese culture as a reference to the utopian state. To Zhou Chunya, the white flowers blushing from within are marked by self-restraint and reticence, given to the subtle tenderness reserved by the Chinese's attitude towards love and romance. Under a blue sky, the blooming florets are postured with the artist's pure and exuberant nature, as a means of considering the insistency of all earthly pursuits. Luscious green bushes tinted with petals in lurid red, tell of the human desire for the wild and flirtatious enchantment, to excite a sensational experience fully liberated in the realm of contemporary art.

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