Zee Stone

"Summer in the City"

- Foo Yong Kong, Hoang Hai Anh and Wu Yang

17 July - 31 August 2003

This summer Zee Stone Gallery is proud to present a variety of recent work by three new artists: Malaysian artist Foo Yong Kong (b. 1948) creates vibrant abstract paintings in acrylic paint. Mainland Chinese artist Wu Yang (b. 1970) displays his recent development of subtly textured still-lifes in Chinese ink and colour. Vietnamese artist Hoang Hai Anh (b. 1970) shows an enjoyment of oil paint in his expressive nudes.

Many of Foo Yong Kong's paintings are inspired by his love of nature, in particular the natural beauty of his native Malaysia. Powerful brush strokes in Chinese ink evoke the density of the forests; around them, in contrast, bright colours suggest the tropical rainforest illuminated by sunlight. The calligraphic strokes originate in his training in classical Chinese painting; while his free-flowing, vibrant colours in acrylic paint are more reminiscent of Western Abstract Expressionism.

Known for his elegant beauties portrayed against the peaceful gardens or pavilions of Jiangnan, Wu Yang is now achieving the same perfectly balanced compositions and colour harmonies in elegant still lifes. Born in Hangzhou in 1970, Wu Yang studied traditional Chinese painting at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. Wu Yang's latest works represent a synthesis of Western and Oriental influences. While his simple, fluent lines are reminiscent of Matisse and his composition often shows a Cubist influence, the inspiration of the paintings is Chinese.

Hoang Hai Anh is a respected painter in Vietnamese academic painting circles. He studied at the prestigious Hanoi Fine Arts University from 1993 to 1998 and is now a leading figure in the “2 + 3” art group which, like the “Gang of Five” in the 1990s, represents some of the best young artists in Vietnam. Hoang Hai Anh’s nudes are painted with passion in strong colours and vigorous brush strokes of thick paint. His style has a raw intensity, rejecting the decorative and instead using art as a powerful expressive medium.