I have been searching the unique ink painting talents of middle ages in the mainland for almost two years, and I have seen and made friends with a lot of painters. Today, when I have a considerable degree and understanding of today, more and more people in different occasions would ask me the question that which painter in the mainland circle of ink paintins is the most promising one, and I will not be ashamed to name proudly Zhang Guiming-the vice president of Shanghai Chinese Ink painting Institute as the first candidate. Among the large numbers of completive Ink painting talents, Zhang Guiming who marked by me as the leading figure of new Shanghai style is the one most likely to become the last master of the 20th century in China, and he has already led us towards the art gate of China of 21th century. of the 21st century Chinese art door .
The form of flowers and birds are no longer deliberately added to the characters, which is another breakthrough. Because he has already grasped grammar, and musical beauty. The pure flower-bird paintings of the 1990s, which can be know from its name as very conventional jump, actually I think the revolution in Zhang Guiming’s painting can no longer be categorized in the flower-bird paintings, because the revolution belongs to the revolution of the language of the entire Chinese paintings rather than the revolution of Chinese flower-bird paintings. First, in the composition, some fold hints that the physical space has been replaced by the psychological space, totally a musical space full of lines and colors. Second, in modeling, such as lotus leaves, flowers, pomegranates, etc. all so fresh to surprise us. Third, lines are either intangible or elegant, either gentle or energetic, all are more comfortable.
Zhang Guiming’s style and artistic conception do not belong to the large-scale heavy music but to the light music. But they belong to the quick and bright light music rather than the slow and melodious light music. Those who prefer light music need not to be of “formalism”, but those of “formalism” must tend to light music. But this does not mean bad, just as to seek the beauty of form do not necessarily mean vulgar, and light music do not equal to frivolous ... ... Brisk, bright, cheerful – the main elements that compose this style of Zhang Guiming’s painting is relationship between ink and color, among ink lines are the bright cheerful small pieces of colors. Appreciating Zhang Guiming’s paintings, I often think of the happy xylophone.