Meng Zhou
Artist / Filmmaker

At the heart of Meng Zhou’s work is a conversation between tradition and modernity. Through painting, sculpture and installation he attempts to merge and to transform classical Chinese symbolism and imagery using Western styles and techniques. His artistic project draws on poetic analogies of Chinese cultural history and myth that help to narrate his work.

Although his work may seem figurative in parts his subjects are always borne out of fiction, composites drawn from a combination of dreamscapes, collected images and anatomical research. Through his paintings Meng is interested specifically in the oscillation between figuration and abstract gesture and drawing out the specific moment when comprehensible figures or forms immerge from amorphous mass.

Meng’s cinematic oeuvre runs parallel to his painting and sculpture. The material immediacy of the camera allows his work to document and explore single incidents and narrates stories that hover between disconcerting dreams and reality.

Exhibitions include Whitechapel Gallery, London, St Art Space Bund 22, Shanghai, Chelsea Arts Club, London, National Open Art, London, Florence Biennale, Royal College of Art, London, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, UK, National Open Art, Mercer’s Hall, London, Barbican Center, London, MMX Gallery, London, with selected screenings including Global Film Festival Awards, Los Angeles, Calcutta International Cult Film Festival, India, Palena Film Festival, Italy, SIFF / Switzerland International Film Festival, Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Award, Benicia Film Festival, Animation Day in Cannes, Los Angeles CineFest, Berlin Flash Film Festival, Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival, Los Angeles.

Meng Zhou
Artist / Filmmaker

At the heart of Meng Zhou’s work is a conversation between tradition and modernity. Through painting, sculpture and installation he attempts to merge and to transform classical Chinese symbolism and imagery using Western styles and techniques. His artistic project draws on poetic analogies of Chinese cultural history and myth that help to narrate his work.

Although his work may seem figurative in parts his subjects are always borne out of fiction, composites drawn from a combination of dreamscapes, collected images and anatomical research. Through his paintings Meng is interested specifically in the oscillation between figuration and abstract gesture and drawing out the specific moment when comprehensible figures or forms immerge from amorphous mass.

Meng’s cinematic oeuvre runs parallel to his painting and sculpture. The material immediacy of the camera allows his work to document and explore single incidents and narrates stories that hover between disconcerting dreams and reality.

Exhibitions include Whitechapel Gallery, London, St Art Space Bund 22, Shanghai, Chelsea Arts Club, London, National Open Art, London, Florence Biennale, Royal College of Art, London, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, UK, National Open Art, Mercer’s Hall, London, Barbican Center, London, MMX Gallery, London, with selected screenings including Global Film Festival Awards, Los Angeles, Calcutta International Cult Film Festival, India, Palena Film Festival, Italy, SIFF / Switzerland International Film Festival, Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Award, Benicia Film Festival, Animation Day in Cannes, Los Angeles CineFest, Berlin Flash Film Festival, Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival, Los Angeles.

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