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Zhu Lan : Paintings

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‘Untitled # 53′
Ink, acrylic on rice paper
70 1/2″ x 19″
2008
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‘Untitled # 49′
Ink, acrylic on rice paper
70 1/2″ x 19″
2008
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‘Untitled # 50′
Ink, acrylic on rice paper
70 1/2″ x 19″
2008
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‘Untitled # 52′
Ink, acrylic on rice paper
70 1/2″ x 19″
2008
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‘Untitled # 47′
Ink, acrylic on rice paper
70 1/2″ x 19″
2008
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‘Untitled # 46′
Ink, acrylic on rice paper
70 1/2″ x 19″
2008
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Zhu Lan’s most recent body of work combines her trademark explorations of abstraction and surface texture with an innovative new splash of colour. Previously, her work focused on varying degrees of black and white expressionistic marks, which are now accompanied by a bold and striking use of red. Building on the traditions of techniques learned through the study of painting in China and Japan,

Zhu Lan’s latest paintings fuse her trademark rhythmic tranquility with an almost violent and passionate streak. The result is something elegantly experimental, as she merges serenity and fury. In discussing her work, Zhu Lan has compared the act of painting to a personal spiritual exploration of the senses. With the new inclusion of red, this exploration takes on a new meaning to the viewer, as the bold colour can signify excitement, passion and perhaps more.

On a more formal level, the red blobs and slashes recall early Modernist painting and bring to mind Western conventions, which mixed with Asian influences, create works that are true to Zhu Lan’s mixed roots. In 2006, Zhu Lan stated that her aim was to continue to merge her international sources of inspiration and to create work that reflects her Canadian influences and the artistic legacies of her adopted homeland. This most recent series of paintings is a testament to that desire, as she has moved on to a new level of expression, all hinging on this new and bold use of the colour red. [Extract]

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