Smell the roses

Zhuang Hong Yi puts the city in bloom with his lat­est boun­ti­ful col­lec­tion

Time Out Dubai - - ART & CULTURE - Edited by Emma Pear­son time­out­dubai.com/cul­ture

WAN­DER INTO THE grey ur­ban space at Opera Gallery and pre­pare to be daz­zled by a mas­sive burst of colour that awaits.

For nes­tled among the blank walls, shiny floors and in­dus­trial lights of the Opera Gallery lies a scene that will trans­port you far from the city and thrust you into the midst of bloom­ing gar­den.

Chi­nese artist Zhuang Hong Yi brings his stun­ning col­lec­tion to the gallery from Wed­nes­day De­cem­ber 5 un­til Wed­nes­day De­cem­ber 19, and we can’t wait to spend a fort­night in the wild out­doors.

The artist’s con­tem­po­rary style de­picts a 3D flower mo­tif, and his lat­est col­lec­tion uses rice pa­per, acrylic, ink and var­nish to cre­ate an oa­sis of roses, irises and tulips that look so real you can al­most smell them.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is Zhuang’s first solo ven­ture in Dubai, with his works ex­ud­ing a spec­tac­u­lar amount of beauty, so­phis­ti­ca­tion and per­fec­tion, shift­ing the ur­ban ex­hi­bi­tion space into a mes­meris­ing cel­e­bra­tion of life.

The dy­namic ar­ray of colours dif­fer from ev­ery view­ing point, and a clear Chi­nese in­flu­ence is de­picted through his choice of spe­cific colours, themes, shapes and even ma­te­ri­als – with rice pa­per play­ing a key role in the art­works.

Zhang, who is from Sichuan, China, is cur­rently based be­tween his Rot­ter­dam and Bei­jing stu­dios.

The artist has achieved in­ter­na­tional ac­claim for his bold, sculp­tural paint­ings that have fea­tured in more than 30 solo ex­hi­bi­tions and many sig­nif­i­cant group shows at venues world­wide, in­clud­ing the Found Mu­seum in Bei­jing, China, the Groninger Mu­seum in the Nether­lands and in Venice, Italy on the 55th Venice Bi­en­nale of 2013.

We can’t wait to be led mer­rily down the gar­den path.

→ Free. Wed Dec 5-Wed Dec 19. Opera Gallery, Gate Vil­lage 3, DIFC, www.oper­a­gallery.com (04 323 0909).

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