The Cross Cultural Influences of Chinese and Indigenous Art

Zhou Xiaoping has created a unique artistic style, incorporating his training in traditional Chinese classic painting with his experiences of indigenous Australia - its landscape, people and art - generating a new aesthetic and telling his story through his cross-cultural paintings. The exhibition is showing at Lauraine Diggins Fine Art (3 March - 21 April) & can be previewed at www.diggins.com.au

Art Exhibition previously on at Lauraine Diggins Fine Art in Melbourne precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Saturday 03 March 2018 to Saturday 21 April 2018
Launch Saturday 03 March 2018, 2pm

Back to Back Portrait of Jimmy and Xiaoping, 1998 image Reggie Uluru, 2015 image Green  2016 image Blue and White Bottle Vase with designs by Johnny Bulunbulun, 2010 image The Source of Life, 2010 image Cultural Introduction I, 2017 image Father and Son 2008 image

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“Zhou Xiaoping – The Cross-Cultural Influences of Chinese and Indigenous Art” explores the paintings and ceramics of this fascinating artist whose artistic practice is informed by the intertwining of Chinese and Western perspectives and his connection with Australian indigenous art and culture. Arriving in Australia in 1988, Zhou travelled extensively throughout Arnhem Land and the Kimberley, inspired by the landscape, its people and their art, which had a profound impact on his own art. The friendships he established led to collaborations with significant Aboriginal artists, Jimmy Pike and Johnny Bulunbulun. This exhibition explores the development of Zhou’s art over the past decade and is accompanied by a colour illustrated catalogue with essay by Professor Alison Inglis, School of Culture and Communications, The University of Melbourne. The exhibition is showing at Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, 5 Malakoff Street North Caulfield from Sat 3 March – Sat 21 April 2018 (Tues- Fri 10am – 6pm, Sat 1pm – 5pm) Tel 61 3 9509 9855 link
Zhou’s paintings are, in some sense, abstract, entrenched in the tradition of Chinese calligraphy with its fluidity of line and his use of symbols, such as the concentric circle or waterlily motif, are redolent with meaning, which has parallels to Australian indigenous art, where symbols contain specific information and power.
As well as developing his unique style, Xiaoping continually experiments with different techniques, using ink and acrylic on rice paper, laid on canvas and then repainted to create a whorl of colour and a multi-layered texture, complementing the layering of perspective, meaning and narrative in his paintings which seem to traverse culture and time.
Recently, Zhou has been touring the exhibition Dialogues with the Dreaming throughout China in 2017. His collaboration with Johnny Bulunbulun led to the exhibition Trepang, China & Story of Macassan-Aboriginal Trade at the Capital Museum, Beijing and the Melbourne Museum in 2011, and at the Australian Embassy in Paris in 2014. His earlier collaboration with Jimmy Pike resulted in the first exhibition of Aboriginal artwork in China in 1996. Zhou was awarded the People’s Choice at the Salon des Refuses in 1999 and is the subject of an award-winning film, Ochre and Ink (2012).
Zhou’s latest paintings probe the many layered cross-overs that exist and influence each other as he continues his exploration of the themes of culture, identity and exchange.


5 Malakoff Street North Caulfield VIC 3161