Zhou Li creates paintings, sculptures, installations and public art using mixed media, including oil paint, washes of ink, charcoal and cotton cloth. Her lyrical abstract paintings capture her acute sensory observations of the world: lightness and shadow, solidity and dissolution, the sense of being. Building upon the history of European painting and the central tenets of traditional Chinese art (Qiyun, or atmosphere; brush stroke; colour and structural arrangement), Zhou Li harnesses both traditions to develop a distinct painterly language. Her free-flowing charcoal lines intersect with circles of paint in a gauzy, gossamer palette; these delicate, layered forms appear to float in space and follow a complex compositional arrangement that extends beyond the surface of the painting. Her paintings looks towards nature as a starting point, particularly the mountainous terrains of Southern China, but are imbued with a sense of much more: every brush stroke on the canvas is driven by her persistent query and pursuit of being.Read More
Zhou Li was born in 1969 in Hunan and lives and works in Shenzhen. Recent solo exhibitions include The Ring of Life, Hive Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing and Shadow of the Wind, Yuz Museum, Shanghai (both 2017). Recent group exhibitions include: The world is yours, as well as ours, White Cube Mason's Yard, London (2016); Too Loud a Solitude, Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (both 2016), From West to East, 56th Venice Biennale (2015) and Catch, OCAT Center for Contemporary Art, Shenzhen (2013).
Text courtesy Kerlin Gallery.
Seton said he was proud to show alongside other artists from the region, 'where all the most exciting art is being made now'.
Nominees for the US $30,000 prize hail from 18 countries across Asia and the Pacific.