Zhang Jian Long

坦克大战 War of Tanks
Bronze, 42 x 21 x 22 cm

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About the artwork

Clutching a videogame controller and rapt with enjoyment, the little boy shown in this piece is an embodiment of the childhood of the 90s. ‘War of Tanks’ is a reference to one of the first video games that were available on now-obsolete 16 bit consoles-; the pioneers that first began the technological advent into the virtual experience mania that has overtaken children today. As a tribute to his own childhood and his generation’, Zhang Jian Long showcases not only the cultural tweaks of his age, but the wonder so resplendent in simple pleasures when pursued from a child’s perspective.

About the artist

In 1982, Zhang Jian Long was born in Lanzhou, Gansu Province, and graduated from the Fine Arts Department of Nanyang Normal University, Henan Province, in 2004. His graduation art piece was published in the 2003 Annual Works of China Fine Arts Academies and he has since exhibited extensively in China. Zhang's paintings attempt to look through a child’s eyes, depicting an ideal world of innocence and joy. Free from the confines of modern society, Zhang's works show us the human spirit's full, unbridled potential while also shedding light on the constraints of modern society and 'adult' life.

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