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Space Painting, the first ever solo exhibition in Hong Kong of Chinese contemporary artist Zhang Enli has opened today, curated by Adrian Cheng at the K11 Art Foundation Pop Up Space as the city gears up for Art Basel Hong Kong. Located in the city’s financial district, the exhibition showcases the artist’s recent works exploring spatial creativity, as well as a unique installation reflecting the artist’s emotional response to the Hong Kong cityscape. Adrian Cheng, the Exhibition Curator, is the Founder and Chairman of the K11 Art Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation created to advance the development of the Chinese contemporary art movement and introduce it to a broader audience both at home and abroad.

Space Painting, the first ever solo exhibition in Hong Kong of Chinese contemporary artist Zhang Enli has opened today, curated by Adrian Cheng at the K11 Art Foundation Pop Up Space as the city gears up for Art Basel Hong Kong. Located in the city’s financial district, the exhibition showcases the artist’s recent works exploring spatial creativity, as well as a unique installation reflecting the artist’s emotional response to the Hong Kong cityscape. Adrian Cheng, the Exhibition Curator, is the Founder and Chairman of the K11 Art Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation created to advance the development of the Chinese contemporary art movement and introduce it to a broader audience both at home and abroad.

In addition to this special installation, the exhibition also includes two of Zhang Enli’s recent paintings – ‘Space’ and ‘Container’ – featuring the artist’s signature iconography, made famous for using everyday objects and spaces as main subject matters to impart new life to the world of the mundane. While ‘Space’ is one of Zhang’s latest works, ‘Container’ is an earlier painting completed in 2002 – the year the artist moved to a new studio. According to Zhang, subjects in his paintings reflect the changes in his creative path and more generally in everyone’s life, bringing new insights as our surrounding environments evolve. Much like our own bodies, art works too can “breathe” and need to be refreshed once their original purpose is fulfilled.

Adrian Cheng, Curator of the exhibition, commented: “Zhang’s works really touch people’s hearts, as he is a master at turning ordinary objects from our daily lives into creative themes that successfully connect his art with his audience. In recent years, his still life paintings have reflected a certain understanding and sensitivity to his surroundings in almost abstract forms. We are honoured to introduce his latest body of work in his first solo exhibition in Hong Kong. Space painting is a direct connection and communication between his old and new artworks, but more significantly for Hong Kong, it is his personal response to the concept of space in our small but vibrant city.

The theme of “Space Painting” is a body of work started by Zhang Enli in 2010, where walls, floors, cardboard boxes or cartons become the artist’s canvas, providing observers with a renewed sense of the space that surrounds them. Influenced by ancient Chinese frescoes, Zhang Enli draws from his training in Chinese ink-and-brush techniques to create immersive environments that combine elements of his urban surroundings as well as more personal reflections of his childhood experiences.