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WorldPlay: New Paintings by Tang Zhigang 《世像:唐志岡新作》

Exhibition details

Opening / Event Date:
9 June, 2015
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Closing / End Date:
11 July, 2015
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Artist’s Reception
Tuesday, 9 June 2015, 6 to 8pm



Exhibition Period
9 June – 11 July 2015




唐志岡個展《世像:唐志岡新作》訂於2015年6月9日(週二)晚上6時在畢打行漢雅軒開幕。相隔十年,漢雅軒為唐志岡再次在香港推出個展,展示藝術家積累多年的思考,及風格和內容的蛻變 。



《世像》系列是唐志岡過去三年的最新作品,將在本次漢雅軒個展中首度亮相。 小孩形象再次出現,但無論從繪畫語言或內容都發生了劇變。與過往的《兒童會議》系列相比,唐志岡的《世像》系列更關注繪畫內在的語言表達。他放棄了造型的精準寫實,筆觸變得自由奔放,色調柔和細膩。小孩不再是刻意經營的符號,而變得飄渺,猶如夢境及記憶中的形象,又像偶然在腦中海浮現的一段詩詞旋律,滲透著強烈而真實的情感。


WorldPlay: New Paintings by Tang Zhigang

Hanart TZ Gallery is pleased to present Tang Zhigang’s new solo exhibition WorldPlay: New Paintings by Tang Zhigang, marking this eminent Yunnan-based painter’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong in almost a decade.

A gifted painter since childhood, Tang Zhigang (b. 1959) grew up in a military family in Yunnan Province, spending several years of his childhood living in the shadow of the Kunyang Labour Farm where his mother was a warden. Tang joined the PLA army directly after graduating from high school; as a career soldier he continued to paint and became known for his expressionistic and bluntly honest portraits of a soldier’s life. In 1979 his battalion was among the forces sent to Vietnam for combat action in the Sino-Vietnamese conflict. In the late 1980s Tang entered the oil painting department of the PLA Art Academy in Beijing and began to explore a new language of visual iconography, drawn from personal and collective experience, of the chaos of everyday life lived within an overarching framework of military ideology and political controls. By the late 1990s Tang had created his iconic Children in Meeting series, masterfully painted and ostensibly humorous scenarios of children dressed up as adult soldiers and political leaders and acting out the serious business of closed-door meetings and political conferences.

In 2008, at the height of his popularity and success as an artist, Tang largely withdrew from public life and entered a period of introspection and experimentation, focusing both on his teaching at the Yunnan Art Institute and on developing a deeper understanding of his own life experiences, particularly his childhood in Yunnan. In his WorldPlay series being presented at Hanart TZ Gallery, Tang is showing for the first time his new paintings created over the last three years: in many of these works Tang continues to use child-like figures as avatars, but he has undertaken a dramatic change in both his painting language and content: rather than the control and precision of his Children in Meeting series, in the new works Tang’s brushwork is freer and the colours more muted. The main change has been in the internal narrative of the works: rather than stylized iconographic figures in formally arranged settings, the children (and other figures) in these works appear to have emerged fluidly and directly from Tang’s own dreams or memories, like snatches of once-remembered songs or lines from a poem, infused with an intensely emotional honesty.


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