Zhang Linhai 张林海 (b.1963)

Born in Shanghai in 1963, Zhang Linhai grew up in Shexian County of Hebei Province and graduated from Print department of Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts in 1990. His artworks participated in international exhibitions for many times among which there are shows held in main cities of Europe from 2002 to 2004. He had participated in Chinese contemporary art touring exhibitions held in Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, Italy, Ludwig Museum of Hungary, MKM Museum of Germany, Portland City Hall Art Gallery, La Lionja of Spain and others, as well as domestic shows held in Today Art Museum, Shanghai Art Museum, etc.

Zhang Linhai absorbed elements from Surrealistic art in his painting and starting from Realism, he went on an Imagery Realism way similar to Chinese classical poems. Linhai was majored print at school so he draws oil painting in a similar way of print making which has large area of pure and strong color tone. Once we talk about Linhai, we can never avoid talking about his illness disabled body and a twisted life full of fantasy. If we use words to conclude Zhang Linhai’s life and art experiences, the three words——disaster, salvation, miracle——will appear repeatedly. These words tangle together and unceasingly develop each other mutually. A people who might have lived a normal life depicted the fighting picture between Buddha and monster, agony and happiness through time. Maybe it’s quite difficult to understand Linhai, because he put all his questioning of life, pondering of fate, experiencing of pain and pleasure into mysterious perplexity and self-liberation; his expression is fairly obscure and personalized, yet he is never as slippery in his artistic quality as many others who could only reply and treat with problems with problem.

张林海1963年生于上海,生长于河北涉县,1990毕业于天津美术学院版画系。他的作品前后多次参加国际展览,其中包括2002年至2004年在欧洲主要城市,如意大利罗马当代艺术博物馆、匈牙利路德维格博物馆、德国MKM博物馆、波兰市政厅美术馆、西班牙La Lionja等举行的中国当代艺术巡回展。国内展览如在今日美术馆、上海美术馆等。

张林海的画,吸收超现实主义的因素,从写实主义出发,走上一种类似中国古典诗词的意象写实主义。林海学版画出身,油画象版画的处理方式,大面积的色调单纯和强烈。谈到林海,绕不开他的疾病致残和因此而扭曲奇幻的人生。如果把林海的生活和艺术历程梳理成可以概括的言辞,那么三个词会反复出现:灾难、救赎、奇迹。这些词纠缠在一起,彼为此生,无休无尽。在一个本可以平凡生活的人身上,靠时间勒刻出佛与魔、痛苦与幸福狂热漫长的争斗画面。读懂林海也许很不容易,因为他对人生的诘问,包括对命运的思考,对人生痛苦与快乐的体验,都付诸于神秘的迷茫和自我解脱,他表达的很隐晦也很个人化,但他又不具备油滑的艺术特质,可以像很多人一样只用问题来回答和对待问题。

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