Q + A: Lihong Zhang

THE GENTLE BRUSHSTROKES AND RECURRING COLOURS FOUND IN LIHONG ZHANG’S ARTWORKS ARE A MODERN ODE TO MONET.

How would you describe your practice?

My works have a sensitivity to colour and light – they bring a fresh interpretation to the impressionist oeuvre. Each work has a strong, personal character through colour and brushstroke. Through my work I express deep calm and joy from my heart and bring it to the viewers.

What is your studio like?

My studio is in Melbourne. One room is my creative space with four easels, while another section is my showroom, and I have a room for making tea and meeting my friends. I also have another studio in Beijing. It’s a loft with two levels – upstairs is for painting, while downstairs is to hang my finished works and hold salons with arts lovers.

When did you first fall in love with art?

I fell in love with art in 2013. I really like Claude Monet’s works. I decided to get involved with artist studios in Beijing that focussed on oil painting and studied for one year. I learnt to paint with oils by first copying the work of Monet and other Impressionist painters.

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