Artist
Zihan Liang Dongguan, China

Zihan Liang is currently pursuing her degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. As a student, she has experienced a shift in her approach to painting, migrating from a representational style to a more abstract, conceptual frame of mind. Inspired by what she examines and experiences within her metropolitan surroundings, Zihan’s work is a combination of architectural subject matter and an abstract expressionist style. The energetic brushwork, color, and sense of discovery provide a strong sense of emotion in the work. The paintings have a raw enthusiasm combined with a sense of conflict that only a young artist’s work can channel. They capture the critical, defining point of transformation in an artist’s oeuvre, in the midst of experimentation and search for one’s aesthetic individuality. Zihan starts a painting by depicting a place that is significant to her, and then relies on her her memory and intuition to capture an atmospheric quality. As she puts it, “these spaces, forms and objects do not stand purely on their own, but are coated by my judgments.”

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    About The Artist

    Zihan Liang is currently pursuing her degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. As a student, she has experienced a shift in her approach to painting, migrating from a representational style to a more abstract, conceptual frame of mind. Inspired by what she examines and experiences within her metropolitan surroundings, Zihan’s work is a combination of architectural subject matter and an abstract expressionist style. The energetic brushwork, color, and sense of discovery provide a strong sense of emotion in the work. The paintings have a raw enthusiasm combined with a sense of conflict that only a young artist’s work can channel. They capture the critical, defining point of transformation in an artist’s oeuvre, in the midst of experimentation and search for one’s aesthetic individuality. Zihan starts a painting by depicting a place that is significant to her, and then relies on her her memory and intuition to capture an atmospheric quality. As she puts it, “these spaces, forms and objects do not stand purely on their own, but are coated by my judgments.”

    Artist Statement

    I want to offer an experience of passing by. It means travelling in the grey zone between “here” and “there”—between the very present and the recent past. The effort to capture something that has just passed, the insecurity of forgetting and the joy of remembering all fuse into a visual message that I want to deliver to the viewers. I am inspired by the beautiful ambiguity of this in-between location. When putting this experience into form, it becomes abstract shape of color in an imagined environment in a painting. The shapes are moving, coming into larger forms and disintegrating. They embody the passing of time—a psychological space that invites the viewer at the present moment to enter and engage.

    Look at a painting for me is like meeting a person. I believe in the integrity of a painting; each of it has its own story to tell. At the same time I hope my paintings are inviting because they are anonymous. They would embrace whomever that approaches. They would respond to whomever that are willing to read.

    Artist Background

    School of the Art Institute of Chicago
    Bachelor of Arts, 2018

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    S at UGallery 6/12/2019 | 3:23 PM

    Thank you for your inquiry about Zihan's work! You've made a lovely choice! Since the piece is on paper, I would recommend framing it under glass or plexiglass. Most frame shops offer a Museum Glass option which has incredible clarity and great UV protection. If you are worried about potential glare coming from glass or plexi, the Museum Glass option could be a good choice. I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you have any questions! -Samantha at UGallery

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    SH interiors 6/11/2019 | 6:14 PM

    Hi. Do you recommend this be framed under glass, or could it be floated without glass? Thanks, Stephanie

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