<ul><li>“ A series of my paintings is based on dreams that I had as a child of many many jellyfish floating in the sky, some of which fell to the ground on parachutes and became mushrooms. These dreams had a strong impact on me, and I remember them vividly. Somehow I feel that it is easier to focus on dreams than reality. In one particular painting, there is a boy crying because he keeps things within him, is easily sad, and he refuses to face reality. ” </li></ul>Artist Statement
<ul><li>> 1983-Present </li></ul><ul><li>>Born in Shanxi Province in northern China </li></ul><ul><li>>¾ Chinese and ¼ Japanese </li></ul><ul><li>>Graduated from the art department of Shanxi University in 2006. </li></ul><ul><li>>Participated in solo exhibitions and several group exhibitions. </li></ul><ul><li>>His paintings have attracted attention to exhibitions in New York, Germany and Shangai. </li></ul><ul><li>>He was selected as one of the top 3 Chinese Contemporary Artists (out of 1300 entries) </li></ul><ul><li>>He pursued other mediums such as photography, video-making and music, which enhanced the creativity of his work. He also experimented with graphic design for its ‘wild learning objectives. </li></ul><ul><li>>Zhou Fan does not tend to follow any artistic “ism.” The subjects of his paintings are composed of “what appears interesting and beautiful to me.” </li></ul>
<ul><li>Zhou Fan’s main inspiration comes from the memories of his childhood. One of his main priorities is to make his work attractive to his audience. To him, a lot of the influence on his work comes from paintings in the Qing dynasty where there is a combination of flowers and birds that creates a certain atmosphere within the artwork. Some of his inspiration also comes from effects of society where he is and the culture. Also, Zhou’s variety in his paintings reflect a combination of many influences such as historical, modern, Eastern and Western that is coming into one’s life at different angles. Zhou likes to combine the impossible, and while it looks beautiful within the paintings, the results can be confusing and chaotic-seeming. Rather than working from a final design, Zhou Fan revels in the creative process, allowing the character of the art work as it develops over time to determine its visual outcome. </li></ul>
<ul><li>In some of Zhou’s works, society’s effects make a major impact towards the outcomes of his paintings. Zhou is quite sensitive to the fact the people can be cruel and destructive and he can see the effect China’s societal changes are having on people and society as a whole. Certain paintings are showing a commentary on society and how ironic it can be at times. </li></ul>“ Akin to J.D. Salinger’s classic novel Catcher in the Rye, Zhou Fan’s paintings pose questions about Chinese youth’s dissatisfaction with, and alienation from modern society, using art as a means to self-introspection and euphoria.”
“ In Zhou Fan’s newest series, often tentacles of the jellyfish are dangling down from the women’s headwear, and in one painting the tentacles are reaching down, holding up an object in front of a woman, like a carrot held on a stick in front of a donkey. The various, twisted tentacles could be said to represent the complications of life and how twists and entanglements of even small things can tie people down. But also, they are simply the result of wearing a hat made of jellyfish! Zhou Fan likes to combine the impossible, and while it looks beautiful within the paintings, the results can be confusing and chaotic-seeming.”
Zhou Fan has been very inspired by his childhood. He has always had a strong fascination for jellyfish. His series, “Love of Jellyfish” are paintings based on his dreams that he had as a young boy of many jellyfish floating in the sky and then would fall down to the ground and become mushrooms. These Dreams had a strong impact on him and he remembers them vividly.
“ In another series of paintings, Zhou Fan paints a fat boy, with many moles and a big tire-ring of fat around his neck. The series is titled: “Teacher, I won’t do it again”. The fat boy is crying, and he has a band-aid on his finger, which has clearly been bleeding. In some of the paintings in the series, the boy has a candy in his hand; presumably, the boy has been eating too much candy and the teacher scolded him, so he is crying. This subject-matter, too, harks back to Zhou Fan’s childhood, when he had a very fat classmate in school who could not stop eating candies. Zhou was sympathetic towards the boy and felt bad when teachers were harsh to his fat classmate. Even Zhou’s classmates were mean to the boy and picked on him a lot.”-Article
<ul><li>In this painting there is a figure with a lot of objects on the figure’s head. It is a very colorful painting and it has combined patterns and textures. The background is flat color showing most of the focus on the figure in the slight center of the painting. </li></ul>
<ul><li>The overall painting has a simple composition. It focuses on the women in the center. It shows texture throughout the material covering her head. The form of the body and the objects on the women is very interesting and has an off balance unity but creates a bizarre harmony of the colors, patterns and shapes. </li></ul>
My interpretation of this painting is the women is feeling a kind of heavy burden. The objects on her head seem to be taking over her and now she is not able to control what she is doing or thinking. Since Zhou is affected by the effects of society, this image could reflect how this girl’s perspective how she is affected by society.
<ul><li>Overall, I think this piece has a unique, interesting composition. Even though it is a pretty simple subject, the details of his brushstrokes and patterns covering her head is very impressive. This painting catches my eye and makes me wonder what she is thinking and feeling. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Where is Zhou Fan from? </li></ul><ul><li>-Japan </li></ul><ul><li>-South Korea </li></ul><ul><li>-China </li></ul><ul><li>-United States </li></ul>What year was he born? -1970 -1965 -1980 -1983 Where does Zhou Fan’s main inspiration come from? -Family albums -Childhood -Movies -Books What is Zhou’s paintings known for? -Size -Dark colors -Elongated Figures -Bright Colors