I love Zhang Guiming’s paintings. It is loose, queer, riding the line of fantasy and colors. Either a bird, a flower or the character of the background can bring us into a atmosphere of motion in stagnation and stagnation in motion.
Like memories of the dream: specious, indescribable, not stick, but form its own realm .
Such as in childhood: in a quiet night, listening to people talk about “Ghost Story” of Pu Songling. So magical and so full of local flavor.
These are all I felt in recent years, rather than in the past. Because it goes beyond the customary I appreciate in the past.
Artistic innovation can not be separated from the achievement of the personality. The so called “personality” not only has the creation based on .the general background but also has the unique creation that made by oneself solely. Zhang Guiming’s early works pursues the former personality, but his late works represents the latter personality. Undoubtedly, the former personality’s style is more likely to be accepted by most painters, but the latter one is unique, more rare and bright, and more likely to meet the requirements of the time of cultural diversity.
Exploration starts with the plane as the center. The painter completely gets rid of the pursuit of depth, and places the images in two-dimensional space. The images themselves such as vases, flowers, birds, leaves, fruits, etc., there is no sense of three-dimensional volume. The traditional flower-bird paintings are close to complanation, but after all, they also maintain a certain degree of depth and volume. Zhang Guiming’s plane composition is different from the 20th century’s realist paintings, and also different from the ancient paintings. Its form and shape are close to the pictures but also different from the pictures—their key difference lies the lacking of a law of the permutation and combination of images in Zhang’s painting (not the two parties consecutive, but four parties consecutive). This characteristic offers the painter the freedom about the composition as well as the probability of reproducing the natural relationship between images, but also conducive to the audience to open the corresponding association of the space.