Ocula MagazineContentsView All
Featured ContentView All
Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

Read More
Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

Read More
The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

Read More

Michael Chow, A.K.A. Yinghua, was born in Shanghai China 1939. Son of the famed master of Beijing Opera, Zhou Xinfang, Yinghua was born into a family of theater. At the age of 13, he traveled to England to study art and architecture at St Martins School of Art and the Hammersmith School of Art and Building (now Chelsea School of Art), respectively.

After a decade as a young painter, Yinghua found that neither he nor the world was quite ready to share in his gifts and so took a short hiatus to collect his thoughts. Nearly half a century later in 2011, Yinghua returned to his true passion, with the enthusiasm of his youth and the wisdom of his age.

In June 2012, lightning struck in the form of pure silver. Precious metal tiles simultaneously stretched, welded, painted and sculpted create 3 dimensional paintings that shift and change at every angle. His mixed media pieces, where precious metal is juxtaposed with trash, forces the viewer to reassess preconceptions about what is precious and what is thrown away. For Yinghua, the act of painting is an internal desire to channel the chaos and harmony of nature in order to achieve clarity. It only took a moment and a lifetime.

Featured Artworks

Pink Target by Michael (Zhou Yinghua) Chow contemporary artwork Michael (Zhou Yinghua) ChowPink Target Mixed Media: household paint with precious metals and trash
94.6 x 69.2 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries
Baby Series 5 by Michael (Zhou Yinghua) Chow contemporary artwork Michael (Zhou Yinghua) ChowBaby Series 5 Mixed Media: household paint with precious metals and trash
61 x 50.8 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries

Represented By

In Ocula Magazine

If Pigs Could Fly: A Report From Art Stage Singapore Ocula Report If Pigs Could Fly: A Report From Art Stage Singapore 28 Jan 2014 : Sherman Sam for Ocula

No art fair is complete without an inflatable, in this case a bright pink, flying pig (well actually this one doesn’t fly, but not every one can do a Pink Floyd). This larger-than-life work, Love Me (2013) by Jeong-Hwa Choi at the Vannessa Qwang Gallery, inflates then deflates slightly at a gentle pace, bringing one gallerist to remark...

Read More
Michael Chow Ocula Conversation Michael Chow Artist and Restaurateur, Los Angeles

Michael Chow, aka, Zhou Yinghua, was born in 1939 into a theatrical family in Shanghai. His father was Zhou Xinfang, the grandmaster of Beijing Opera. When he was 13, Zhou Yinghua was sent to London, England and there, he became known as Michael Chow. He studied arts and architecture, and showed in numerous shows and galleries in London,...

Read More

In Related Press

Michael Chow Returns To Art After 50 Years Related Press Michael Chow Returns To Art After 50 Years Nick Clark for The Independent / 27 February 2014 : 28 February 2014

Michael Chow, the celebrated restaurateur, has returned to his “true” passion of making art after what he described as a “50 year sabbatical”.Following a successful career in hospitality, with Mr Chow restaurants in London and across America, he will display work in London this week for the first time since he was in his...

Read More

Sign up to be notified when new artworks and exhibitions by Michael (Zhou Yinghua) Chow are added to Ocula.

WeChat

Scan the QR Code via WeChat to follow Ocula's official account.

iCal GoogleYahooOutlook