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b. 1965, China

Zhang Enli Biography

Writings on Zhang Enli’s work often focus on his subtle depictions of humanity and solitude. His early works revolve around the unavoidable transformation of the way of life, disturbance and the suffocating pressure that ensues, often threatening displacement. He sites dislocation as a primary condition of life, using it as a constructive backbone for a narrative praxis. Tales of permanent loss and subsequent retrieval are returned to the social and public realms to be tested for their potential to define contemporary conditions in the metropolis. Zhang Enli creates both a comforting and uncomfortable consciousness of presence. He illuminates the underside of society and his bold and unpretentious brushstrokes often reveal the grotesquerie of contemporary civilization. He portrays details from ordinary objects that are often neglected or downplayed in conventional painting. His brushstrokes come close to traditional Chinese ink painting where every stroke on the canvas articulates parts that are significant to the whole.

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Zhang Enli's mode of engagement entails photographically documenting his close environment. He then employs the photographs’ claim on the real to develop his observation of his surroundings, though in a more intuitive and fragmented manner on the canvas. The circuitous route by which Zhang Enli comes to the image is typical of a methodology based on the experience of memory. It is not the repeated image that is central to each painting, but rather the process of reflecting on the events and objects that led him to it. Accordingly, in his paintings of trees, only fragments are revealed to the spectator. As in his other work, these paintings come across as 'un-finished' because they are semi-transparent and leave some of the white canvas exposed. This can be understood as the emergence of reality in the sphere of art, or, perhaps, vice versa.

Zhang Enli was born in Jilin province in 1965. He graduated from Wuxi Technical University, Arts and Design Institute in 1989 and is currently living in Shanghai, China. Recent solo exhibitions include: Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Somerset (2015); Hauser & Wirth, London (2014); K11 Art Foundation Pop- Up Space, Hong Kong (2014); Shanghai Night Club, Shanghai (2014); Museo d’Arte contemporanea di Villa Croce, Genova (2013); ICA, London (2013); Hauser & Wirth, Zurich (2012); Shanghai Art Museum (2011); Hauser & Wirth, New York (2011); Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2010); Hauser & Wirth, London (2010); Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland (2009); Ikon Museum of Art, Birmingham, U.K. (2009); ShanghART H-Space (2008).

Recently group exhibitions include: Comfort, ShanghART Beijing, Beijing (2015); Jing Shen. The Act of Painting in Contemporary China, PAC Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan (2015); My House Is Your House, SPSI Art Museum, Shanghai (2015); Garden Splendors, Jinji Lake Art Museum, Suzhou, China (2015); Paper, ShanghART Singapore, Singapore (2015); The System of Objects, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2015); China 8. Contemporary Art from China at the Rhine and Ruhr, Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany (2015); 28 Chinese, San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio TX (2015); Nobody Knows Where, Zhang Enli and Christopher Doyle, Aurora Museum, Shanghai (2015); Don’t Shoot the Painter – UBS Art Collection, Villa Reale’s Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan (2015); Blow-UP—Chinese New Painting at Post Financial Crisis Era, Changjiang Museum of Contemporary Art, Changjiang (2015); Die Beiläufigkeit der Dinge (The Incidental Nature of Things), Overbeck-Gesellschaft, Lübeck, Germany (2015); Unscrolled: Reframing Tradition in Chinese Contemporary Art, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver (2014); Yokohama Triennale 2014, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan (2014); Aura of Poetry, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai (2014); Hans van Dijk: 5000 Names, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art / Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China / Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2014); Myth/History: Yuz Collection of Contemporary Art, Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China (2014); Metropolis: Reflections on the Modern City, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham (2013); Kochi-Muziris Biennial, India (2012); On Contemporary Era – The First Chinese Oil Painting Biennial, The National Art Museum of China, Beijing (2012); The Seventh Shenzhen Sculpture Biennial – Accidental Message: Art is Not a System, OCAT Shenzhen, Shenzhen, China (2012); The 6th Curitiba Biennial, Brazil (2011); Gwangju Biennale (2010); The 7th Shanghai Biennale (2008); Royal Academy of Arts, London (2007); Infinite Painting, Contemporary Painting and Global Realism, Villa Manin- Centre for Contemporary Art Passariano, Italy (2006).

Zhang Enli Featured Artworks

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A Traveller by Zhang Enli contemporary artwork
Zhang EnliA Traveller, 2019Oil on canvas
80.3 x 61 cm
Xavier Hufkens Enquire about this work
The Professor by Zhang Enli contemporary artwork
Zhang EnliThe Professor, 2019Oil on canvas
220 x 180 x 4 cm
Hauser & Wirth Enquire about this work
A Little Girl by Zhang Enli contemporary artwork
Zhang EnliA Little Girl, 2018Oil on canvas
170 x 150 cm
ShanghART Enquire about this work
The Parrot's Wings by Zhang Enli contemporary artwork
Zhang EnliThe Parrot's Wings, 2017Oil on canvas
200 x 180 cm
Hauser & Wirth Enquire about this work
Dustbin 垃圾箱 by Zhang Enli contemporary artwork
Zhang EnliDustbin 垃圾箱, 2006Oil on canvas
146 x 114 cm
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Installation view by Zhang Enli contemporary artwork
Zhang EnliInstallation viewOil on canvas

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The Broken Plastic Sheets by Zhang Enli contemporary artwork
Zhang EnliThe Broken Plastic Sheets, 2015Oil on canvas
180 x 160 cm
ShanghART Enquire about this work
The Light Bulb (1) by Zhang Enli contemporary artwork
Zhang EnliThe Light Bulb (1), 2008Aluminium
26 x 26 x 42 cm
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Zhang Enli Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Zhang Enli, New Paintings at Hauser & Wirth, Zurich
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17 January–29 February 2020 Zhang Enli New Paintings Hauser & Wirth, Zürich
Contemporary art exhibition, Zhang Enli, Zhang Enli at Xavier Hufkens, Brussels
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6 September–19 October 2019 Zhang Enli Xavier Hufkens, 6 rue St-Georges, Brussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Zhang Enli, Zhang Enli at Xavier Hufkens, Brussels
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6 September–19 October 2019 Zhang Enli Xavier Hufkens, 107 rue St-Georges, Brussels

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The Lowdown: shows to see during Armory Week Ocula Report The Lowdown: shows to see during Armory Week By Robert Ayers, New York

Seasoned visitors to New York City's Armory Show (8–11 March 2018) know that the fair is really just the weekend-long cherry on top of the splendid sundae that is the New York art scene and all it has to offer. With so much else to see, here's the lowdown on some of the city's current standout shows. Songs for Sabotage New Museum 13...

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Gregor Muir, Princess Alia Al-Senussi and Abdullah AlTurki Ocula Conversation Gregor Muir, Princess Alia Al-Senussi and Abdullah AlTurki By Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

Duddell’s, the restaurant and bar which has also become one of Hong Kong’s most important art spaces, recently collaborated with London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) to present the exhibition, Duddell’s Presents: ICA Off-Site: Hong Kongese . The exhibition, which opened earlier this year to coincide with Art...

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Art Basel Week Ocula Report Art Basel Week By Robin Peckham, Hong Kong

It is a funny thing to return as a visitor to a city one once called home: not so long ago I was a de facto host for the descending hordes during ArtHK and later Art Basel Hong Kong, but this year, for the first time, I am seeing it all through the eyes of an art tourist. As a city and as an art event, Hong Kong has always been a tightly wound...

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Zhang Enli Ocula Conversation Zhang Enli

On the occasion of Zhang Enli’s current project at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London (showing to 22 December 2013), in which the artist produced a space painting within the ICA Theatre, Ocula correspondent Stephanie Bailey caught up with Zhang Enli to ask a few questions about his practice as an artist using the ICA project as a...

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Zhang Enli In Related Press

Decking the halls: Asian gallery highlights at ABHK 16 Related Press Decking the halls: Asian gallery highlights at ABHK 16 23 March 2016, Randian

For those not always in their midst in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore or elsewhere in Asia, Art Basel Hong Kong is an annual chance to visit galleries whose programs don’t always reach beyond the region. Magician Space (booth 1C27), whose Beijing location has just doubled in size, will show nine artists with a slant towards...

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The Idea Of 'Home' Explored At Ucca, Beijing Related Press The Idea Of 'Home' Explored At Ucca, Beijing 9 December 2014, Darryl Jingwen Wee fro Blouin ArtInfo / 2 December 2014

In the last exhibition to occupy the Great Hall in 2014, the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) collaborates with esteemed furniture-retailer RedStar Macalline to present groundbreaking work from twelve international artists that redefine the notion of “home” while exploring themes of dwelling and existence. The...

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Interview: Adrian Cheng On Zhang Enli Related Press Interview: Adrian Cheng On Zhang Enli 26 May 2014, Darryl Wee for Artinfo / 19 May 2014

Confident, charming and dapper in a salmon pink blazer and chinos, Adrian Cheng weaves dexterously through the milling crowd in the VIP lounge at Art Basel Hong Kong to greet me before sitting down to explain the genesis of his latest curated art project — Chinese painter Zhang Enli’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong,“Space...

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Zhang Enli In Video & Audio

Zhang Enli: Exhibition Walkthrough with the Artist Related Video & Audio Zhang Enli: Exhibition Walkthrough with the Artist 24 September 2019, Xavier Hufkens

Zhang Enli walks us through his exhibition at Xavier Hufkens, Brussels (6 September–19 October 2019).

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Zhang Enli: Exhibition Walkthrough with the Artist Related Video & Audio Zhang Enli: Exhibition Walkthrough with the Artist 24 September 2019, Xavier Hufkens

Xavier Hufkens is delighted to announce the representation of leading Chinese artist Zhang Enli (b. 1965) and his inaugural exhibition with the gallery. In this presentation, the varied facets of the artist's erudite and lyrical practice are brought to the fore in a thoughtful and representative selection of works spanning both gallery spaces.

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Zhang Enli. Colourful Tower, The Bridge 8, Shanghai, 2017 Related Video & Audio Zhang Enli. Colourful Tower, The Bridge 8, Shanghai, 2017 15 January 2018, Hauser & Wirth

Zhang Enli talks about his three-dimensional painting Colourful Tower , at Bridge 8, Shanghai, in November 2017. Influenced traditional Chinese brush painting, Zhang’s unique approach to abstraction explores the deceptively poetic aspects of everyday contemporary life.

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