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Zhou Xiaoping

  

Zhou Xiaoping, born in China and trained as a traditional Chinese brush painter before first visiting Australia in 1988. Since then he now lives in Melbourne and regularly spends weeks, often months in Northern Australia, living with communities in Arnhem Land, in the Kimberleys and elsewhere.  In Aboriginal Art he discovered a culture older than his own that meant something unique to the person or people who painted it.  Inspired by this Zhou considered his own classical training in China where he had learnt from a great master, and learnt to thoroughly copy his own delicate style and technique....


Biography

Zhou Xiaoping, born in China and trained as a traditional Chinese brush painter before first visiting Australia in 1988. Since then he now lives in Melbourne and regularly spends weeks, often months in Northern Australia, living with communities in Arnhem Land, in the Kimberleys and elsewhere.  In Aboriginal Art he discovered a culture older than his own that meant something unique to the person or people who painted it.  Inspired by this Zhou considered his own classical training in China where he had learnt from a great master, and learnt to thoroughly copy his own delicate style and technique.  Realising that something inside him had always fought against this narrow following for the master’s style, he wanted his art to be something more expressive of his individual self, yet embedded in a rich cultural tradition.

Now Xiaoping is an established Australian artist whose works is a marker in time, he was at the beginning of the great cultural fusion and continues sharing cultural influences with newcomers.

Zhou has exhibited extensively since 1988.  Selected solo exhibitions include Trepang: China and the Story of Macassan-Aboriginal Trade, Melbourne Museum, 2011, From China to Arnhem Land and Beyond, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery and Galerie Dauphin, Singapore, 2002, Through the Eyes of Two Cultures, National Gallery of China, Beijing, One Land-Two Views, Bendigo Art Gallery, 1997.   Key group exhibitions have been held at SPAN Gallery, Melbourne, Chinese Museum, Melbourne, 24 Hour Art, Darwin, and the National Gallery of Victoria.  Zhou has been collected by the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Golden Dragon museum, Bendigo, Museum of Australian Chinese History, Maningrida CEC and the Kerry Stokes Collection.


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