“Just Joking”  Zhou Yilun Solo Exhibition

19th April – 18th May 2008

Andrew James Art is please to introduce the second solo exhibition by Zhou Yilun in Shanghai.  The exhibition will be at Andrew James Art, 39 Maoming Bei Lu, Shanghai, in a period colonial mansion which retains many original features whilst showcasing contemporary in the 300 sqm space.  The exhibition runs from the 19th April – 18th May, open Tuesday to Sunday 11am-7pm.

Zhou Yilun is a Hangzhou based artist and graduated from HangzhouChinaArtAcademy in 2006.

There are two things I quickly realized about the artist, the word “shocking” springs to mind.

One he is a cool and funky individual with his Mohawk haircut, piercing and tattoos. He seems to lead a carefree life enjoying all the fun a young man can have in today’s society.  His warehouse studio/apartment strewn with paintings, discarded paint tubes, drum kits, mountain bikes, large sound system and a little cute cat!

The other thing I quickly noticed is that he has a real eye for art and is shockingly good.  He has the ability to paint very classically and by the book but also the ability to be a free spirit and buck current trends.  His paintings have a sense of freshness and youthfulness which is to be admired but also the maturity of a skilled hand. He is a driven young man who lives and breathes art and creativity but at the same time seems to have a punk, almost Banksy feel to his work.  His friends call him “Pen Pen” which is Chinese to spray paint.