Size: 33"W x 18"H x 0.01"D
Year Created: 2016
Art has been with Shao Yuan Zhang for the majority of his extraordinary, and at times difficult, life journey. Raised in communist China, Zhang was sent to the countryside as a teenager where he worked in the rice fields and created Cultural Revolution propaganda art for the communist party. He immigrated to the U.S. in the 1980s to attend art school. Today, Zhang depicts the vast landscape of southern Utah with a surreal, otherworldly vision. His simplified forms accentuate the stark, isolated feeling of the grand canyons, yet there is a great sense of possibility in these landscapes. Up close, the work has an outstanding amount of detail. Zhang illustrates the rock formations with many delicate lines and luminous colors to capture how the light transforms the rock faces. Through the combination of subject matter and technique, Zhang incorporates both the East and West in his work.
Hello there. I am a Utah-based Chinese born contemporary realism artist and art professor at the University of Utah. Connect with me on Twitter, Insta or check out my website for updates on my latest paintings! Visit: shaoyuanzhang.com