L.L. Contemporary is pleased to present a solo exhibition ‘Colliding’ by Zhenghui Lan. This is Lan’s first exhibition at L.L. Contemporary and will show case eleven of the artist’s newest works created while in New York. These works are Lan’s exploration of using Western acrylic paints on rice paper, with the aim of achieving the same effect as with traditional Chinese ink, thereby breaking free from the constraints of Eastern materials and bringing Western painting media into contemporary Chinese ink art.
Zhenghui Lan was born in Sichuan in 1959 and graduated from the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts in 1987. He currently works and lives in Beijing and New York. His ink style is known as “heavy ink”, with large masses of ink reflecting his immense spiritual energy. Lan’s contemporary ink paintings have very distinct personal characteristics, including energetic brushstrokes, the random effects produced by the collision of brush, ink, and paper, and extremely large dimensions, all of which create a strong visual impact. His works not only reflect contemporary elements but also have a strong connection to Chinese culture, such as calligraphy and landscape painting. Zhenghui Lan has held exhibitions in various locations around the world, including the 3rd China-Italy Biennale, the 56th Venice Biennale, the National Art Museum of China in Beijing, the Salotto Gallery in Basel, Switzerland, and the Canadian Fine Arts Gallery in Toronto. His work has been collected by many organizations and art museums, including the Rubell Family in the United States, the British Consulate-General in Guangzhou, the German Consulate-General in Guangzhou, the National Art Museum of China, the Guangdong Museum of Art, and the University of South Florida in Tampa.