Chinese artist Tingqun Zhang reflects on his international success and artistic inspirations

Written by on May 26, 2023

Knelt over bright cherry hardwood, 42-year-old Tingqun Zhang unfolded a 20-foot canvas over his living room floor.

Slightly frayed edges frame the abstract piece while streaks of yellow, orange and green acrylic paint compromise for space in the foreground. Blots of blue submit to black and gray, and a curious pink peeked through occasionally. 

“Others think it is quite simple at first glance,” he said.

Every day, Zhang invites old friends over to drink tea at his house. The activity helps him stay connected with his native China, he said . . .

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