17 Mar - 24 Apr 2021 Peng Yong
From Each Moment
|Featured artist||Peng Yong|
Each moment is the universe. Peng Yong (b.1984), a highly talented artist and a practicing Buddhist, has been recently exploring this Zen view of time. This exhibition is Peng Yong’s second solo exhibition with Vermilion Art following his successful debut in Australia in 2016. This latest series features over 20 paintings he completed in 2020 and 2021.
Peng has been reflecting on the ever-evolving relationship between ourselves and the times we live in, especially since early 2020. The effects of simple and mindful repetition can be powerful. Carrying on with the concept of ‘repetition and generation’ in his previous Urban series, Peng’s new work is made up of successive and overlaying brushstrokes and colour blocks.
Mark Rothko said, “The people who weep before my pictures are having the same religious experience I had when I painted them.” The slow and steady brushstrokes in Peng’s work mindfully record these passing moments, for himself, and for us all.
“Peng Yong’s paintings are orchestrated colour fields, with harmonies that range across the lyrical, through the spell-binding and magnetic.”
Peng Yong: Quest for the spiritual
Having graduated in printmaking at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing in 2014, Peng Yong (born 1984 in Shaoyang, Hunan) spent time in Paris as an artist-in-residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts, before taking up teaching at the Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts where he continues to develop his own work.
His first exhibition at Vermilion in 2016, entitled ‘Urban Imprint’, comprised etchings of subtle colouring on seductively textured paper that he had made himself. His own sumptuous paper is important to him but his move to painting has been partly to minimize the technical side of his creating and the time it required. The compositions of his etchings in the ‘Urban Imprint’ series are irregularly patterned grids that capture in nuanced and graded colours the variegated surfaces of city skyscrapers, the repetitious rhythms of supporting structures and the reflectivity of glass. The grids elevate the quotidian city ‘wallscapes’ to icons of meditative engagement, taking the viewer on delightful journeys of the aesthetically sensuous into a timeless, spatially undefined realm. In 2017 Peng Yong held a solo show of the ‘Urban Imprint’ series at the New Sino-French University Museum in Lyon, France, while his ‘City Rhythm’, 2018, at Vermilion demonstrates his continuing absorption with the patterns and tonal qualities of urban surfaces.