Playtime No. 9 - Papercards (游戏之九 - 纸牌)
Oil on Canvas, 140 x 105 cm
About the artwork
In Papercards, we see children engaged in a game of cards, with gestural displays of triumph and expressions of sadness and defeat captured in the same frame. A dual display of emotions in his pieces is the artist’s trademark. He also tends to showcase a combination of animals and natural elements. In choosing his themes and selecting subject matter for his work, Zhang Jianlong emphasizes uniquely Chinese elements, drawing upon Chinese philosophy while enriching his methods of artistic expression by incorporating techniques reminiscent of traditional Chinese folk arts.
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.Go to Zhang Jian Long's profile ›