Zhou Yilun

1983 · China

Artist biography

Zhou Yilun is an established mid-career artist, who was born and brought up in China, like other celebrated artists such as Dodo Jin Ming, Gu Xiao Ping, Liu Chunbing, Ni Haifeng, and Hao Shiming. Zhou Yilun was born in 1983.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Zhou Yilun is represented and exhibited by Nicodim Gallery | Los Angeles in the United States. Zhou Yilun most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Beijing Commune in China with the exhibition Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again. The exhibition was open from 28 May 2019 until 09 July 2019. Zhou Yilun's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; I love being new wave (06 September 2019 - 29 November 2019) at Star Gallery in China and Greasy Spoon (17 September 2019 - 25 October 2019) at Ota Fine Arts | Shanghai in China. Zhou Yilun's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again and took place at Beijing Commune in China from the 28 May 2019 to 09 July 2019.

Historical Context of China

China has always been a rather enigmatic figure in the eyes of the West, unique in its cultural and political structures and quite restricted in essence, but nonetheless representative of an incredibly sophisticated and creatively lush culture. China remains a pioneer in technology and technical innovation, in the respective fields of the arts and sciences, and an astonishing number of innovations have been forged by Chinese artisans. This includes true porcelain, with kaolin as the key ingredient, which was developed in the early 1300s. It is not until 1722 that the Meissen factory in Germany discovered the fundamental elements of the recipe, thus enabling Europe to produce porcelain of the same technical qualities. Some outstanding Chinese artists, whose work can be considered modernist in a an international and western framework of artistic movements, include Sanyu and Zao Wou-Ki.

Further Biographical Context for Zhou Yilun

Born in 1983, Zhou Yilun's creative work was primarily influenced by the 1990s. Art in the 1990s was defined at the beginning of the decade by a group of artists in the United Kingdom that came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists. They were a diverse group of artists, affiliated loosely by their age, nationality, and their association with Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art in London, alongside being favoured by super collector of the time Charles Saatchi. The most successful artist of the group is Damien Hirst, who was also an early organiser of group activities. Other artists included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Wood. Much of their work became famous for shock tactics and the sensationalism of both material and message. They also became known for their use of throwaway materials, wild-living, and an attitude that was simultaneously counter-culture rebellion but also entrepreneurial. They achieved a large amount of media coverage and dominated British art during the 1990s. Their international shows in the mid-1990s included the now legendary ‘Sensation'. A proliferation of trends characterised the decade, including the highly derisive sculpture of Maurizio Cattelan, and highly sensitive advancements of conceptualism as shown in the work of artists like Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

Zhou Yilun

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