Produce new spectrum and new costume from fresh ideas, stars from the sky are shining brightly over the barren ground; not an exotic thought from the painter, but the extraordinary light of the alien art.
Zhang Guiming’s theme seems only to be the lotus and the pond, but he dose not become of symbolization like Cui Zifan, he attaches a high degree of abstraction. No matter they are lotus leaves or water birds, or swimming fishes, they all be cut from plane. Zhang separates green, pink-green, yellow, earth-yellow, earth-blue and earth-red, and fills them in the different blocks in the plane, showing the gorgeous colors that do not really exist in the images themselves. The lotus petiole and the branches of the lotus are cut in plane in a blank sheet, in order to echo the separated colored blocks. The whole painting is a composition of lines that weaved by pen from the cursive hand, and the colored blocks. Exactly, it is between the hot and cold abstract art, paying no attention to that whether it is of the flowers and birds’ images.
Zhang Guiming is a typical individual case to put the abstraction to the extreme in the flower-bird painting. His typicality acts as a linking part from Pan Tianshou to the jumping of Cui Zifan to lead to path of pure abstract art……
Compared with Miro, the lines of Zhang Guiming has a sense of oriental calligraphy. Just those meaningful lines ensure that Zhang Guiming’s works would never fall into the situation of plane decoration. Zhang Guiming’s paintings do not like those of Kandinsky or Miro’s "Point, Line and Plane”. The lines and colored blocks in Zhang Guiming’s works do not point to the abstract constitute of a plane, but the connotations of traditional Chinese poems or Xiao ling of the Song dynasty. Of course, the perspective and starting point of Zhang Guiming is of modernity, this is a modern interpretation of the Xiao Ling of the Song dynasty. The modern perspective makes us see more clearly the serene and peaceful environment that had been depicted over and over again by the ancient people: lotus pond, birds, silent night and white china.
I personally prefer the bold and unrestrained lines of Zhang Guiming. And if according to the experience of “the meaning of the books gets more and more deeply in the body with the passing of each day”, so that we can do is to look forward the mature spicy realm that Zhang Guiming gradually build with each passing day.