Zhou Li

Zhou Li, White Shadow - Lines No.5, 2017, mixed media on canvas, 160 cm x 160 cm / 63 x 63 in

Zhou Li, Red No.3, 2017, mixed media on canvas, 200 cm x 300 cm, 78.7 x 118.1 in

Zhou Li, Lines, 2017, mixed media on canvas, 200 x 300 cm / 78.7 x 118.1 in

Zhou Li, Lines: Pink No 2, 2016, mixed media on canvas, 160 x 130 cm / 63 x 51.2 in  

Zhou Li, Lines: white shadows No.4, 2016, mixed media on canvas, 200 x 200 cm / 78.7 x 78.7 in

Zhou Li, Lines: white shadows No.3, 2016, mixed media on canvas, 200 x 200 cm / 78.7 x 78.7 in 

Zhou Li, Lines: pink No.1, 2016, mixed media on canvas, 160 x 130 cm / 63 x 51.2 in 

b. 1969, Hunan, China


Zhou Li creates paintings, sculptures, installations and public art using mixed media, including oil paint, washes of ink, charcoal and cotton cloth. Her lyrical abstract paintings capture her acute sensory observations of the world: lightness and shadow, solidity and dissolution, the sense of being. Building upon the history of European painting and the central tenets of traditional Chinese art (Qiyun, or atmosphere; brush stroke; colour and structural arrangement), Zhou Li harnesses both traditions to develop a distinct painterly language. Her free-flowing charcoal lines intersect with circles of paint in a gauzy, gossamer palette; these delicate, layered forms appear to float in space and follow a complex compositional arrangement that extends beyond the surface of the painting. Her paintings looks towards nature as a starting point, particularly the mountainous terrains of Southern China, but are imbued with a sense of much more: every brush stroke on the canvas is driven by her persistent query and pursuit of being.


Zhou Li was born in 1969 in Hunan and lives and works in Shenzhen. Recent solo exhibitions include The Ring of Life, Hive Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing and Shadow of the Wind, Yuz Museum, Shanghai (both 2017). Recent group exhibitions include The world is yours, as well as ours, White Cube Mason's Yard, London (2016); Too Loud a Solitude, Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (both 2016), From West to East, 56th Venice Biennale (2015) and Catch, OCAT Center for Contemporary Art, Shenzhen (2013). 

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Park, Guangzhou & Hong Kong

Co-organised with Holly's Gallery

Park is an exhibition across two venues in Guangzhou and Hong Kong.


Holly's Gallery, Guangzhou, 15 March – 16 April


G/F, 218 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, 20–25 March


Artists: Liam Gillick, Callum Innes, Merlin James, Liu Ke, Isabel Nolan, Sean Scully, Liliane Tomasko, Zhou Li