Media: Oil/Pastel/Sumi Style: Transism
I land my brush with the force of a giant rock splashing into the ocean. I am not looking for a beautiful painting, but to express Life itself.
Painting is just like a stacking of passions. Painting is a method of striping myself naked and facing the truth of my inner emotion.
I invite the viewer to experience through my paintings the joy of being alive right at this moment.
I don’t know what else I can do but paint.
Originally from Shanghai, China, Yuming Zhu began to study under the painting masters at his early age. Later he started to write poems and joined college poetry society. In 1991, Yuming earned his MA from Sonoma State University in US.
Yuming blends the styles of the East and West, poetry and life phenomenon into his art. Capturing the light and darkness of the European masters while combining the familiar and textured brush strokes found in Sumi watercolors, Yuming likes to leave white spaces as background painting and emphasis on Spiritual Charming in his painting. “Sometimes I don’t know I am painting or writing a poem.” “When people ask me, what I paint, I say I paint Music.”
Yuming describes his style as “Trans-ism”. It is emotive Transformation of Lyrical Impression and Idealistic Expression. “Through my art, I am trying to portray, be more accurate, to question and search the truth of our spiritual and earthly world by creation a poetic language of emotional expression.”
He held several solo and group exhibitions in the States. He also teaches at Bellevue College and is an active member in several artists’ associations in the area.
Yuming had been selected as 50 Emerging artists by Art Business Magazine.
He was invited to demo Chinese painting for the tape “Five Thoughts of Asian Art” by Seattle Art Museum and KCTS channel 9. He was invited as an artist participating in the movie series “The Man In The High Castle” which be nominated as the best production for EMMA.
1994 聚众，一起创立华州中华美术家协会。1996， 任会长。
2016 至今 受凡香岛艺术中心之邀，表演2 米巨笔。作品被中心收藏。
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Yuming Zhu-Show ends 4/29
This is Sound Gallery, a review of the visual arts in the KSER broadcast area with Mike Mallory. The current art show at the Solovei Art Gallery, entitled “Vision Passion” is devoted to the paintings of Yuming Zhu.
Zhu, originally from Shanghai, China, is accomplished in the style and technique of traditional Sumi Painting on silk and rice paper with ink or Chinese watercolor. He has taught many classes and workshops around the Puget Sound area on thee topics. Zhu is also adept at calligraphy and he often adds Chinese characters to paintings in this style.
This show contains a few of Zhu’s paintings in this Eastern style. “Go-Green” depicts radishes and calligraphy. “Singing Silently” depicts a floral scene with bold and expressive color: red blossoms surrounded by leaves in a turquoise blue.
Most of the paintings on display are oil paintings. Zhu sometimes refers to his art as Lyrical Impressionism. This label gets at the Zhu’s underlying aesthetic struggle. The predominate subject matter in this show is the musician in the act of performance. Most commonly he shows us women with cellos. Zhu also refers to his work cryptically as “Tans-ism”. His work bridges East and East, and with these images he is also attempting to translate music, an auditory experience into two-dimensional artwork, a visual experience.
Zhu works with bold color and strong, often-indistinct shapes as he searches for a painting that shows us how music sounds. Borrowing from his Sumi paintings, the brushwork in his oil paintings is deliberate and intentional. I want Zhu to succeed. As I stand in the center of the gallery space I attempt to listen to rather than look upon the paintings. What I “hear” is something akin to an orchestra warming up, rather than a melody, individual, rather than congruent. Perhaps this is because his women with their cellos are usually depicted alone. Perhaps the song is something deeper than the music; the deeper voice of the figure and the cello is just Zhu’s way of reminding us how beautiful that voice can be.
The painting, which had the greatest impact on me, was an oil painting he calls “Red Passionato”. This oil painting is one of the series of women playing cellos. The figure of the woman, composed in reds and blacks merges with the shape of the cello, which is arranged in golds and oranges. The woman and the cello are hopelessly commingled. The woman’s black hair flies of to the side as if carried on the notes of music. Yet in the center of the image the hand of the woman on the cello’s fingerboard, that part of her which rightfully should be filled with momentum and activity is gracefully poised and still.
While I cannot say that I have come away from this show with an understanding of the relationship between two-dimensional art and sound. I can say that this show allowed me to listen to paintings in a new and rewarding way.
“Vision Passion-Paintins by Yuming Zhu” is located at the Solovei Art Gallery at 2804 Grand Ave. in Everett Washington. The gallery is open from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. This exhibition ends on April 29th, 2009, if you want to catch this show you will have to act quickly.
This has been Sound Gallery with Mike Mallory on KSER radio 90.7 FM.
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