Love Eternal 天长地久, 2005
Ink on Paper, 124 x 124 cm
USD 15,000 – 21,400
About the artwork
The purpose of Tong's works is a criticism to the change of the inner mind of people. Like the eye of a human, his works continuously explore the characteristics of different female and the other. He acts like anthropologist in entering into the social space where many other painters do not see. He re-organizes the social images. His works define the social space. His paintings show not only the difference in identity, but also criticize how people are differentiated by society. The painter needs to release his subjectiveness, but needs also to take part in the social space of the other. From this he can feel directly the anxiety and pressure of the other indifferent social situation. Therefore, Tong's works express the anxiety of people under social space and daily living.
About the artist
Tong Zhengang was born in Xinjiang, China in 1959. He studied at the China PLA Art Academy and the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing. His works were selected to be exhibited numerous times at the Moualot Lithoprint Factory and the Lithograph Museum in Paris. He also had solo exhibitions in the Barcelona Contemporary Museum of Art, Spain and in Hong Kong, and the American Embassy in Beijing.
Tong expresses his feelings and understanding of the value and meaning of everyday life by depicting the female in the appearance of portraits, or by placing females together with males in the same environment, so as to establish an interactive relationship between his personal view and the objective view of the male. In Tong's works there is the attainment of an ultimate goal of artistic creation: freedom from issues of harmony in aesthetics, the conversion of art directly into the spirit of human life, and from that into art. The purpose of Tong's works is to serve as criticism, in order to change of the inner mindsets of people.