Artist Statement - Stephen Zhang's Art

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

I choose the specific subject to paint—be it a forest or a person—not only based on its appearance, but also its spirit and the story. The process of my figurative painting is a process of character study and emotional development. Each time I apply a stroke to the painting, I add another angle to the story, or another layer of emotion. My goal is that when a painting is finished, it not only pleases the eyes, but it also stimulates the mind and awakens the emotion. Regarding the medium, I have a special connection with watercolor, since it bridges Eastern and Western artistic traditions. When I paint, I take advantage of contradictions inherent in the medium—between complexity and simplicity, controlling and letting-go, external and internal, permanent and temporary. My painting always starts with something that moves me, and then it begins to find its own paths. Therefore, each of my work is a result of unique discovery, non-linear evolution, and spontaneous happenings. To fully explore this organic process, I choose to paint in larger-scale format.


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