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b. 1954, China

Zhu Jinshi Biography

Working in Berlin in the 1980s and influenced by German Expressionism, Zhu began his lifelong commitment to the language of pure abstract form. His involvement with abstract expressionism was not simply a desire to emulate Western antecedents, but to invest that art form with characteristics that are specific to Chinese traditions of free brush (xie yi) and ink painting. Zhu’s paintings are a visceral means of expression and whilst being embodied with preoccupations of his own culture the works take on a physical presence of their own. 

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'Zhu Jinshi is one of China’s leading contemporary artists. His highly distinctive approach was apparent from the early 1980s, when he made his first abstract paintings…His paintings assert themselves on their own terms, but they are not simply inert. Colour, light, texture and atmosphere are vital elements that animate these extraordinary works, informing them with the mysterious aura of life'—Paul Moorhouse, former curator at Tate Britain and now Senior Curator at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Selected exhibitions include: 28 Chinese, Asian Art Museum, San Fransisco (2015); Zhu Jinshi: Simplicity, Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore (2014); Thick Paint: Jean Fautrier, Franz West, Zhu Jinshi, Luxembourg & Dayan Gallery, New York (2014); Where Does It All Begin? Contemporary Abstract Art in Asia and the West, Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore (2014); Zhu Jinshi: The Reality of PaintPearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong (2013); Gravity to Balance ViolenceBlum & Poe, Los Angeles (2012); Power and Territory, Arario Gallery, Beijing (2008); Orient/Ation, 4th International Istanbul Biennial in Turkey (1995); Fang, DAAD gallery, Berlin (1990); The 1st Xing Xing (Stars Group) Exhibition, Gallery, Beihai Park, Beijing (1979). His works have been collected internationally by notable public and private collections, including Wall Museum, Beijing, and Vancouver Art Gallery.

Jinshi was awarded the Artists-in-Berlin Residency Program scholarship, at the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), 1988. He also held an Architecture Department lectureship at Berlin Technical University in Germany in 1994 and the Artist residency at the Banff Center, Canada, in 1998. 

Jinshi lives and works in Beijing.

Zhu Jinshi Featured Artworks

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Window Tiger by Zhu Jinshi contemporary artwork
Zhu JinshiWindow Tiger, 2018Oil on canvas
180 x 160 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery
Abstract Rubbish 1 and 2 by Zhu Jinshi contemporary artwork
Zhu JinshiAbstract Rubbish 1 and 2, 2014Oil on canvas
160 x 140 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries Contact Gallery
Martial Arts Training by Zhu Jinshi contemporary artwork
Zhu JinshiMartial Arts Training, 2014Oil on canvas
160 x 140 cm
Almine Rech Contact Gallery
Black Jungle 黑色丛林 by Zhu Jinshi contemporary artwork
Zhu JinshiBlack Jungle 黑色丛林, 1983Oil on canvas
85 x 67 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries Contact Gallery
Mid-summer 1 by Zhu Jinshi contemporary artwork
Zhu JinshiMid-summer 1, 2013Oil on canvas
70 7/8 x 63 inches
Blum & Poe Contact Gallery
Sun at Feijia Village by Zhu Jinshi contemporary artwork
Zhu JinshiSun at Feijia Village, 2010Oil on canvas
120 x 160 cm
Almine Rech Contact Gallery
Accident Making 1 by Zhu Jinshi contemporary artwork
Zhu JinshiAccident Making 1, 2007Oil on canvas
39 3/8 x 47 1/4 inches
Blum & Poe Contact Gallery
Venus Encroaching on the Sun by Zhu Jinshi contemporary artwork
Zhu JinshiVenus Encroaching on the SunOil on canvas
100 x 80 cm
Not for sale
Duddell's

Zhu Jinshi Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group exhibition, What You See Is What You See at Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore
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1–31 March 2019 Group exhibition What You See Is What You See Pearl Lam Galleries, Dempsey Hill, SingaporeDempsey Hill, Singapore
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Painting and Existence at Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong
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15 February–16 March 2019 Group Exhibition Painting and Existence Tang Contemporary Art, Hong KongHong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Ron Gorchov, Michael Staniak, Zhu Jinshi, Vis-à-Vis at Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong
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19 September–2 November 2018 Ron Gorchov, Michael Staniak, Zhu Jinshi Vis-à-Vis Pearl Lam Galleries, Pedder St, Hong KongPedder Street, Hong Kong

Zhu Jinshi Represented By

Blum & Poe contemporary art gallery in Tokyo, Japan Blum & Poe Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo
Pearl Lam Galleries contemporary art gallery in Pedder Street, Hong Kong Pearl Lam Galleries Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai
Tang Contemporary Art contemporary art gallery in Beijing, China Tang Contemporary Art Hong Kong, Beijing, Bangkok

Zhu Jinshi In Ocula Magazine

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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The Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum Ocula Feature The Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum By Sam Gaskin, Shanghai

Having been largely left to the weeds for the past five years, the former Shanghai World Expo 2010 site is finally being redeveloped. In the forest of scaffolding and cranes, one of the first finished projects is the China Minsheng Banking Corporation’s second art museum, the Shanghai 21 st Century Minsheng Art Museum. The M21, as...

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Zhu Jinshi In Related Press

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'Presence of Whiteness': Chinese artist Zhu Jinshi at Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore Related Press 'Presence of Whiteness': Chinese artist Zhu Jinshi at Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore 14 March 2017, Art Radar Journal

Running until 30 April 2017, the dual-space exhibition includes a series of over 20 coloured paintings created between 2012 and 2016 at Dempsey Hill, as well as painting, installation and text works spanning 50 years of Zhu Jinshi's career at the Gillman Barracks.

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Zhu Jinshi at Blum & Poe, New York Related Press Zhu Jinshi at Blum & Poe, New York 6 April 2016, Art in America

Zhu Jinshi’s first solo exhibition in New York showcased three decades of the artist’s paintings in two separate but complementary styles. His 'allover' works cover the canvas completely with paint up to six inches thick. His liu bai works, in comparison, balance the heavy application of paint with areas intentionally left...

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Historical sorting and academic research: 'The Research Exhibition of Abstract Art in China' opened at Today Art Museum Related Press Historical sorting and academic research: 'The Research Exhibition of Abstract Art in China' opened at Today Art Museum 3 February 2016, Cafa Art Info

In the developing context of Western art, the use of Renaissance to express the spiritual pursuit of “humans”, the painting logic then expresses the true objective and narrative was gradually created, along with the high development of industrial civilization, the abstract art that is less narrative and of much spiritual expression...

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6 Colorful Works by Chinese Artist Zhu Jinshi Related Press 6 Colorful Works by Chinese Artist Zhu Jinshi

Your first up-close encounter with the abstractions of Chinese artist Zhu Jinshi can be something of a shock. The paint, caked on as thick as cement, is vigorously pushed, pulled, and scraped across enormous canvases, producing kaleidoscopic surfaces that look a bit like an asphalt highway buckled by an earthquake. “The works don’t just...

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