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Jack Zhou

Artist's Biography

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Born in 1965 and raised on the outskirts of the city of Beijing, China. Having spent his childhood surrounded by scenes of nature, filled with mountains and streams, Jack began his exploits in art when he was 18. By the time he was 22, he attended the Beijing Normal (Union) University to study design. After graduating, Jack was inducted into The Beijing Society of Artists, and had a collection of his work on permanent display in The Fine Art Museum of Beijing. In 2002, Jack decided to move to Canada and discover the unique landscapes of Northern Ontario.
From Muskoka to Algonquin Park, like a child chasing after a firefly, he chases the constantly changing environment. But instead of a jar and a net, Jack arms himself with brush and canvas, endeavouring to catch the organic shapes around him by encapsulating them on canvas with meticulously, almost 
pointillistic attention, covering the canvas with tiny brush strokes to translate how he sees the world as the light fades into the horizon.

 

Artist Statement

Painting landscapes on canvas is a creative process which allows me, first of all, to express my passionate love for nature; secondly, to reproduce my precise observation of its seasonal changes; and thirdly, to search for harmony between human beings and the 
natural world.
I paint solid rocks, vast prairies, tranquil lakes, gurgling streams and so on. To me nature not only possesses a mesmerizing power, but also restlessly changes itself and everything.
In my composition, I depict nature in action and movement. By combining dot, line, and space carefully with black, white, and grey shades, I want to compose the organic shapeand status of nature, so that my paintings can give the audience a profound visual 
experience.
When applying colour, I reinforce the absorbing capacity of the canvas by emphasizing my personal emotions. I contrast warm colour with cold and cool colour, and heavy brushes with light touches; sometimes, I pay meticulous attentions to the details.
Overall, I hope to achieve a modern Eastern sensitivity on canvas, which includes asubjectively and decoratively created artistic momentum of landscape paintings.

Selected Group Exhibitions


2012 “Queen West Art Crawl”, Toronto, Ontario.
2012 Barns Art Market, Toronto, Ontario.
2011 The McMichael 21st Annual Autumn Art Sale, Kleinburg, Ontario.
2011 “4 Views” Paula White Diamond Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario.
2011 “Queen West Art Crawl”, Toronto, Ontario.
2011 Barns Art Market, Toronto, Ontario.
2010 “Queen West Art Crawl”, Toronto, Ontario.
2010 “One of a Kind Show”, Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario.
2010 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, Ontario.
2010 The Artist Project Toronto, Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario.
2009 Christmas Gala Showcase, ArtTrax Gallery, Port Credit, Mississauga, Ontario.
2009 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, Ontario.
2009 “From a Detailed Point of View”, Stephen Lowe Art Gallery, Calgary, Alberta.
2009 “Georgian Bay Revisited”, Canadian Fine Art Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
2008 Beaux-Arts Open Juried Show, Brampton, Ontario.
2008 “inside Art Show”, Metro Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario.
2007 “Credit Village Marina Art Show”, Mississauga, Ontario.
2007 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, Ontario.
2007 “Queen West Art Crawl”, Toronto, Ontario.
2007 “One of a Kind Show”, Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario.
2007 “ Impact 2007”, Neilson Park Creative Centre, Toronto, Ontario.
2007 “Landscape – The Lasting Inspiration”, Praxis Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
2007 “inside Art Show”, Metro Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario.
2007 “42nd Annual Art in The Park, Oakville, Ontario.
2007 “Life in The Form of Spring”, Masterpiece Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
2007 “Canadian Artists Without Boarders”, Varley Art Gallery, Markham, Ontario.
2006 “One of a Kind Show”, Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario.
2006 “Queen West Art Crawl”, Toronto, Ontario.
2006 The McMichael 16th Annual Autumn Art Sale, Kleinburg, Ontario.
2006 “4 Artist Impressions”, Willow Gallery of Fine Arts, Toronto, Ontario.
2006 Waterloo Art Festival, Waterloo, Ontario.
2006 “Credit Village Marina Art Show”, Mississauga, Ontario.
2006 Auburn Gallery of Fine Art, Gravenhurst, Ontario.
2006 Deleon White Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
2006 “inside Art Show”, Metro Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario.
2006 The Cabbagetown Art & Craft Show, Toronto, Ontario.
2005 “Art Naturally”, Scarborough, Ontario.
2005 “Summer Selections”, Gallery C, Raleigh, North Carolina.
2005 The Cabbagetown Art & Craft Show, Toronto, Ontario.
2005 “Queen West Art Crawl”, Toronto, Ontario
2005 “One of a Kind Show”, Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario.
2004 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, Ontario.
2004 “Queen West Art Crawl”, Toronto, Ontario
2004 “One of a Kind Show”, Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario.
2003 Toronto International Art Fair, Metro Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario.
2002 Toronto International Art Fair, Metro Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario.
2001 First Global Chinese Art Exhibition, Beijing, China.
2000 “Nine-Person Show”, Beijing Capital Mansion, Beijing, China.
1995 “Two-Person Show”, Beijing WenCaiGe Art Gallery, Beijing, China.

Solo Exhibitions


2012 Auburn Gallery of Fine Art, Gravenhurst, Ontario.
2010 Auburn Gallery of Fine Art, Gravenhurst, Ontario.
2009 “Pretty Indeed”, Deleon White Gallery, Toronto.
2007 “Original Oil Landscapes”, ArtTrax, Port Credit, Mississauga.
2007 “Sense of Place” Auburn Gallery of Fine Art, Gravenhurst, Ontario.
2005 Toronto Office of Ray Berndston/Lovas Stanley, Toronto, Ontario.
2004 “Nature’s Impressions”, Willow Gallery of Fine Arts, Toronto, Ontario.
2004 “Blissful Weeds”, Art Beatus Gallery, Hong Kong, China.
2002 “Wilderness Landscape”, Deleon White Gallery, Toronto.
1998 Lee Gallery and Cafe, Beijing, China.
1997 Yunfeng Gallery of Fine Arts, Beijing, China.
1994 The 8th China Fine Arts Exhibition, Beijing.
1993 The China Youth Oil Painting Exhibition, Beijing, China.
1992 The 2nd China Annual Oil Painting Exhibition, Beijing, China
1992 Logicians Oil Painting Exhibition, Taiwan, China.
1991 The 1st National and Professional Oil Painting Exhibition, Beijing, China.

Awards and Honours


2007 Juror’s Award, “Impact 2007”, Neilson Park Creative Centre, Toronto, Ontario.
2007 First Prize “Landscape-The Lasting Inspiration”, Praxis Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
2006 Exhibition Assistance Grant – Ontario Arts Council
2002 Member of Ontario Society of Artists, Canada.
2002 Member of Visual Arts Ontario, Canada.
1995 The Golden Prize at The China Landscape Oil Painting Exhibition, Beijing, China.
1993 Member of Beijing Society of Artists, China.
1991 The Bronze Prize at The China Landscape Oil Painting Exhibition, Beijing, China.


 

Education

1991 Bachelor of Fashion Design, Beijing Union University