‘Victor Zhang: Chinese Heritage – Heysen of Australia’
16 April – 7 May 2017
Official opening Sunday 23 April at 2.00pm by the Acting Consul-General Mr Yuncai Mei.
Where: RSASA Gallery, Level 1, Institute Building, Cnr North Tce & Kintore Ave, Adelaide 5000
Gallery Hours: Mon – Friday 10.30 – 4.30pm, Sat & Sun 1 – 4pm. Closed Public Holidays.
Ph: (08) 8232 0450
Victor Zhang (b.1933)
Victor Zhang is an important international artist emerging from the “Class of 54” at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing. After thirty prolific years of painting in China and master of the “Tianchi” style he migrated to Adelaide with his wife and five daughters. Victor’s former classmates and teachers include the international respected and recoginized Zhan Jianjun, Zhang Wei, Xu Shuzhi, Liu Xilin and Abdukerim Nasirdin.
Victory Zhang has participated in major exhibitions and international seminars in art spaces as diverse as the Asian Masters Gallery, Kular Lumpur, Malaysia, Tian Fu Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan, to the Art Gallery of the Central Academy of the Fine Arts, Beijing, China and the Adelaide Town Hall.
Mr. Zhang’s art has been collected by well recognized Chinese institutes such as Beijing Paramount (Zhi Gao) Art Gallery, the Beijing Military Museum of China, the Xinjiang Artists Association, the Chinese Painting Institute of Xinjiang as well as individual collectors, investors and enthusiasts. Mr. Zhang’s oil painting “The Autumn in the Great wall” was displayed in the Beijing Paramount Art Gallery to promote the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games by displaying one hundred paintings reflecting the Great Wall.
Many of Mr. Zhang’s pieces have been acquired by corporate and private collectors in China, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, UK and his paintings in water colors and oil landscapes have been auctioned, collected and exhibited in Australia.
Mr. Zhang’s paintings show his love of nature; he uses a broad colourful palette on many different size canvasses. He first exhibited with fellow artists at the Royal South Australian Society of Arts(RSASA) Gallery and became a Fellow in 1993.
A major exhibition featuring his work executed on Silk Road in China was presented there in 1997, along with paintings of Venice by Stephen Trebilcock. His wonderful works of gum trees and the Flinders Ranges show a love of the Australian landscape. Mr. Zhang also exhibits at Zi Gallery, Wayville.
In 2015, Mr. Zhang’s daughter, Irena Zhang, donated a very generous first prize for the second Biennial RSASA Portrait Prize Exhibition held in the Society’s ‘historic’ Gallery, in honour of her father. This was extremely well received by the South Australian visual arts community,