Zhang Guiming is known as an outstanding artist in China’s painting today, which is attributed not only to his unique painting, but more to his unique personality.
Some people think he is difficult while others think otherwise.
A silent person would be deemed to be considerate. People hope they can be considerate when dealing with things, but they are afraid that others act so, or even more considerate than they do. For example, as a leader, if he was a bit uncertain about something, a clever way for him is to be silent. At least, others can never puzzle out his intention. Zhang Guiming is such a man of few words.
However, what behind the silent and depth, hides a childish heart of Zhang Guiming.
Those who can not discover Zhang Guiming’s childish heart, will never understand his painting.
I have ever read a few analytic articles about his painting art, it seems those who get involved in more theories about the arts, they will get further steps from the real artists.
As a 5-year-old child, my son was fond of leafing through a number of paint pictures, where printed a lot of famous paintings from the genre of Shanghai artists. When he turned to the page of Zhang Guiming, suddenly, he pointed it and shouted excitedly, “I like it best !”
Of course, my little son liked drawing at that time, but he was never taught by me or others. After he went to the kindergarten, I felt helpless to set his spirit free from the complement control of current education system. Since then, I began to lose my interest in his compelled paintings while he didn’t love so much towards drawing as he did before. But, his previous painting ever got the some similar talents as Zhang Guiming before he received formal education.
When some knowledgeable adults argued about the merits of Zhang Guiming’s paintings, child’s heart may already made interlinked with his great works.
Without any private contacts, Zhang Guiming shows appreciation to the painting master, WuGuanzhong who also appericiates Zhang Guiming .
Actually, they have something in common. When the public say, “Those of the ethnic, those of the world”, Wu firmly believe that the conception of ethnic origin will gradually fade with the time, applauded by Zhang Guiming.
Too much ‘class hatred and nation grudge’ mixed in art works will impose extra political burdens on artists. During those unforgettable passing days, the traditional thought is not strange for us, what strange is the way of thinking, which has such a strong life and convert political slogans into an academic terms, with a disguised form of art criticism.
People tend to easily regard their parochialism as their favorite.
For Artistic creation, it doesn’t matter whether it is traditional or innovative. How can you mean it traditional or innovative under those international situation , coincidences. Those suitable survive, that’s it.People will never escape from their own experience. When residents of this world do not feel unfamiliar with each other any more, how can an artist not be influenced by the world unless he is blind? What comes into his eyesight will never be erased from his mind.
It is better for everybody to draw according to his own experiences. Return painting to painting, which is just the charm of Zhang’s painting lies.
Painting, seems to be something that anyone can do. However, if anyone wants to become famous, he must owe real wisdom, unprecedented courage and strong will.
Since ancient times, Chinese painting has changed a lot. The leader of every change has to withstand much criticism. Artists would prefer to suffer poverty, but contempt is unbearable to them. Once you come up with some new ideas, you have to bear the people's disdain: “This guy paints nothing but trashes!”
Mainstream, often is the byname of mediocrity.
Perhaps, the nature of mainstream is not of mediocrity. When becoming a mainstream after going through all kinds of trials, it will decorate into a mediocrity scene of “Birds Pay Homage to the King”.
Zhang Guiming’s painting will never step into the central of mainstream and never become a yardstick to measure other’s achievement. That is because Zhang Guiming’s paintings can only be completed by himself, just as Qi Baishi’s painting, which cannot be imitated. If only someone would like to try, there’s no doubt the learner will face the failure of learner rather than Qi Baishi.
Therefore, Zhang Guiming has always kept his free mind, childish appetite and stubborn heart, keeping far away from the mainstream.
All that is the core value of his paintings.