Zhang CHunhe--General Art Consultant of the Institute and the Creator of Mordern Dongba Painting

The Introduction of ZhangChunhe

the General Art Consultant of Baisha Naxi Embroidery Institute

Born in Lijiang of the Naxi tribe, Yunnan province,in 1958 and graduated from the Fine Art Department of Beijing’s Central Academy of National Minorities in 1987.He always has been devoted to the study of modern Dongba-style painting and is one of the most representative pioneers in the modern Dongba style  painting. Currently working as a production designer at the August 1st Film Studio in Beijing,while serving as a member of China Artists Association, Director of China Murals Association,Vice-Chairman of the Association for the Promotion of Dongba Art&Culture in Beijing,Vice-Chairman of the lnternational Society of Naxi Studies.Zhang is also a member of the Murals Committee of the Architectural Society of China.

Exhibitions&Awards

1987: solo exhibition in Beijing.1990: organisedan art exhibition inJapan.1992: The 1st Contemporary Art Exhibition,lsrael and s soloexhibition in Beijing.1993: took part in exhibition at the Embassy of Mexico, Beijingand inGermany.1994: joined exhibition at the Embassy of Romania in Beijing, and inGermany.1998: exhibited in Beijing and won the Best Workaward for The Temple of Dongba at the National Mural Grand Exhibition.1999:twomurals selected for the National Mural Grand Exhibition.2000:entered Shangri-Lafor The 9th National Art Exhibition and a solo exhibition inSingapore.2004:Soldiers Marching across Yunnan:Celebration chosen to enter the 10th National Art Exhibition.

Publications

Had published a series of personalcatalogues such as Contemporary Dongba Paintings of Zhang Chun He and A Collectionof Zhang Chun He’s Works etc.

Collections

Around 100 works acquired by China NationalMuseum of Fine Art,the Beijing lnternational Yiyuan Art Museum,the Museum ofEthnology at the University of Zurich in Switzerland,and the Art Gallery at theUniversity of Alabama in America,Chinese as well as overseas commercial organisationsand private art collectors.

“The works of translation carried out bythe Dongba Culture Research lnstitute,in a state of urgency, are not justattempts at“literaryrescue”,but also “pictograph rescue”,since the use of pictographs is fast disappearing.

Dongba pictography is reborn in the worksof a few modem Naxi painters who are incoorporating them in the composition oftheir paintings.These painters,who are mostly scholars as well,have a deep knowledge of Dongba pictograph. Their artistic styles are quite different but they all take Dongbapictographs as a source of inspiration. Modern Dongba painting is interestingfor its artistic value, and more importantly for its cultural transmission role.It is almost the last lively form of Dongba pictography, and represents theassimilation of religious principles into the area of art. And this is how these Naxi artists are reacting to the rapid disappearance of their culture.”

—Ms Juliette Debon,

                French Scholar  zhu

Autobiography

I was born in a small Naxi village located at the foot of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Lijiang, with great passion and mission feels, I came to Beijing alone and finally find my own creative area. In my creative process, I am always been intoxicated in the free style to express my inner truly feelings through my modern Dongba paintings.With deeply breathing the life-force of nature, I try to look closely to the ancient Dongba culture and its unique characters. Just feel  like a listener between the contemporaries and ancients. I took the road of creating modern Dongba paintings without hesitation.

Every time i mmerse fully to the creative process, it ls like entering into a sort of visionary state of mind, which transcends the ordinary, every day world. In this state, I can literally feel the soul of our people's venerable ancestors touching me, triggering a chain reaction of creative inspirations inside me. In my work, I want to visually express the unending Karmic riggles of human life:birth and death, reality and illusion, good and evil. I attempt to merge my inner world into the vast universe to better express the union and nature and mankind, the continuous dialogue.

Long time ag our Naxi forefathers created the mysterious art to Dongba paintings as a way of articulating specific religious beliefs. I however paint because I like to express my creative spirit and as a way to invite the viewer into my inner world.

                                                                   --------------Zhang Chunhe

                                                                                             March, 1999

Oil Painting of Zhang Chunhe






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