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Zhou Xiaoping The Cross-Cultural Influences of Chinese and Indigenous Art

BY Lauriane Diggins Fine Art | 27-Feb-2018
Zhou Xiaoping has created a unique artistic style by incorporating his training in traditional Chinese classic painting with his experiences of indigenous Australia - its landscape, people and art - generating a new aesthetic and telling his story through his cross-cultural paintings. The exhibition at Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, featuring painting and ceramics, explores the development of his art over the past decade. Showing 3 March - 21 April 2018 at 5 Malakoff Street North Caulfield. Preview the exhibition on our website and download the catalogue with essay by Professor Alison Inglis. @LauraineDigginsFineArt @lauraine_diggins_fine_art
Venue: Lauraine Diggins Fine Art
Address: 5 Malakoff Street North Caulfield VIC 3161 AUSTRALIA
Date: 3 March - 21 April 2018
Time: Tues - Fri 10am - 6pm, Sat 1pm - 5pm
Ticket: Free admission
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ZHOU XIAOPING Back to Back : Portrait of jimmy and Xiaoping 1998 synthetic polymer on rice paper laid down on canvas, 207 x 154 cm
Arriving in Australia in 1988, Zhou has travelled extensively throughout Arnhem Land and the Kimberley, where the landscape, its people and their art had a profound impact on his own artistic practice. Through the friendships he made, Zhou has collaborated with significant indigenous artists, Jimmy Pike and Johnny Bulunbulun.

Zhou's paintings are, in some sense, abstract, entrenched in the tradition of Chinese calligraphy with its fluidity of line and his use of symbols, such as the concentric circle and waterlily motif, are redolent with meaning, which has parallels to Australian indigenous art, where symbols contain specific information and power.

As well as developing his unique style, Zhou continually experiments with different techniques, using ink and acrylic on rice paper, laid on canvas and then repainted to create a whorl of colour and a multi-layered texture, complementing the layering of perspective, meaning and narrative in his paintings which seem to traverse culture and time.

Recently, Zhou has toured the exhibition Dialogues with the Dreaming - the Art of Zhou Xiaoping in Australia, throughout China in 2017. His collaboration with Johnny Bulunbulun led to the exhibition Trepang, China & the Story of Macassar-Aboriginal Trade at the Capital Museum, Beijing and the Melbourne Museum in 2011, and at the Australian Embassy in Paris in 2014. His earlier collaboration with Jimmy Pike resulted in the first exhibition of Aboriginal artwork in China in 1996. He was awarded the People's Choice Award at the Salon des Refuses held alongside the Archibald Prize for portraiture in 1999 and was the subject of an award-winning film, Ochre and Ink (2012).

The exhibition Zhou Xiaoping The Cross-Cultural Influences of Chinese and Indigenous Art at Lauraine Diggins Fine Art (showing 3 March - 21 April 2018) features paintings and ceramics including collaborative works and Zhou's most recent paintings where he continues to explore the intertwined strands of cross-cultural influence, as his Chinese and Western understandings connect with Australian indigenous art and culture.

A catalogue with essay by Professor Alison Inglis is available to download through our website www.diggins.com.au

Gallery Hours: Tues - Fri 10am - 6pm, Sat 1pm - 5pm Tel 61 3 9509 9855 ausart@diggins.com.au