Victor Zhang: Chinese Heritage – Heysen of Australia
16 April – 7 May 2017
The Royal SA Society of Arts Inc. Gallery. President Rev Vikki Waller & Director Bev Bills, OAM welcome you to the opening of the Victor Zhang Chinese Heritage -Heysen of Australia
To be opened 2.00pm Sunday 23rd April by Acting Consul-General Mr. Yuncai Mei
An exhibition of artworks by RSASA Fellow Chinese Artist of China & Australia
Royal SA Society of Arts Inc. Gallery
Level 1, Institute Building,
Cnr North Tce & Kintore Ave
16th April-7th May 2017
Weekends 1.00pm -4.00pm.
Closed Public Holidays
Ph: (08) 8232 0450
Victor Zhang is an adventurer, lover of nature, beauty and an important international artist who graduated from the “Class of 1954”, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing. Victor was enrolled at China’s premiere University studying sketching and oil painting from 1951-1954. There, he added to his natural ability working under the direction of renown artists.
On graduation in 1953, he received his Bachelor Degree with Honours and then journeyed to North West China; Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Province, a region with numerous Eurasian and ethnic groups joining the Office of Fine Arts Bureau of Culture. Victor lived there for thirty years marrying, raising five daughters and becoming a leading figure in Xinjiang, along with national and Beijing art circles.
Victor served as an Art Editor at the Xinjiang and Pictorial Magazine from 1957 to 1962, and from 1962 was also the Art Editor of the Xinjiang Daily Newspaper. From 1962 to 1983, he worked as an art editor in the Xinjiang Pictorial and Xinjiang Studio of Art. His art can be divided into two periods, the first of which includes his paintings which span thirty years in Central Asia. The second part includes the paintings following his immigration to Australia from Urumqi in 1983 to Adelaide. Zhang found himself impacted by enormous differences in local culture; language, political climate, distance and travel times. The family soon adapted and became a part of the local art and business community.
Victor went on to become a Fellow of the RSASA and participated in major exhibitions and international seminars. In 1987 he received a “Highly Commended” prize in The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. Many of his art pieces have been acquired by corporate and private collections in China, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and United Kingdom with many being auctioned and exhibited in Australia. He is a master of working in both watercolours and oils and his work “The Autumn in the Great Wall” was displayed in the Beijing Paramount Art Gallery to promote the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
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.