Zhou Fan

Shanghai, China

Zhou Fan is well known for his astonishingly detailed drawings and paintings that depict fantastical nature scenes. Often working without drafts, plans or pre-set ideas, Zhou Fan’s large works take from 8 months to 3 years to finish. Dreams, memory, hallucinations, and fantasy have all been the thread and substance of Zhou Fan’s practice throughout the last decade. His previous series of artworks brought his audiences into a realm of imagination with out-of-this-world scenes and a sumptuous and unusual color palette.

In his 2015 solo exhibition "Mute", roadways, strong, artificial colors and illusory landscapes wavered between reality and fantasy, the foremost visual features in these previous works which took a look at life's journey from a neutral almost nihilistic perspective. Meditating on the relationship between that which is manmade and things of natural world, between the city and the wild, these works were the artist's attempt at making sense of the intricate eco system we inhabit. Captured in this group of work, the artist takes his audiences on an illusory and adventurous “road trip” where we know no beginning or ending.

Over the past two years, Zhou Fan has shifted his interest onto different subjects of investigation, moving from the external landscape to an internal geography, both physical and psychological. Looking back at his artistic practice for over a decade, Zhou Fan's visual language has also become more abstract, with less figurative construction and subject, yet still embracing the vibrant palette and exquisite detail for which his work is fast becoming widely known and well admired as his career moves toward mid-career.


Curtain No.13, 14, 15
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Gardens with Mandala Pt1
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Gardens with Mandala Pt2
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Pollen 13
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Pollen 9, 10, 11, 12
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an enormous and slow-moving being
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Insomnia
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Tomorrow
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Phobia 0005
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Phobia 0014
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Phobia 0009
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Phobia 0007
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Phobia 0004
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Phobia 0003
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Phobia 0001
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Letter to the Sea Anemone
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Landscape 00:01
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Forest 4
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Forests 1
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Forests 7 II
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Forest 7 I
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Toad 1
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A Recluse
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Chickadee 2
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Chickadee 1
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Swallow
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Mountain 3:20 am, 5:10 am, 4:20 am, 1:03 am
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Mountain 0003 10:16 am
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Landscape 17:30
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Landscape 13:40
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Landscape 00:43
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Landscape 00:27
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Moutain 0004
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Mountain 0003
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Mountain 0002
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Landscape 00:02
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Landscape 05:18
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Landscape 21:08
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Landscape 21:50
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Landscape 20:19
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Rainbow Highway
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Landscape 01:50
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Landscape 01:39
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Curtain 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8
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Ocean 1/3, 2/3, 3/3
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Phobia 0002, 0005
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Landscape 23:15
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Little Boy pt 1
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Phobia 0001
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You Can Hear the Sound of Cicadas at Night
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Elephant
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Candy Mountain
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BORN

1983 in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province

EDUCATION

2006
BFA, Art College, Shanxi University, China

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019
Pollen, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai

2017
Phobia, OCAT, Xi'an
Melt, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai

2015
Zhou Fan: Mute, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai

2013
Zhou Fan Solo Exhibition, Art Beijing, Beijing

2012
Zhou Fan Solo Exhibition, NUOART, Beijing

2010
Dreamcatcher in the Rye - Zhou Fan Solo Exhibition, Art Scene Warehouse, Shanghai

2008
Zhou Fan Solo Exhibition, Art Scene China, Shanghai

2004
ITCHY Solo Exhibition, Shanxi University, Taiyuan

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019
Out of Ink, Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey (forthcoming)

2018
Paint the Web Pink, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai

2017
New Space Soft Opening Exhibition, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai
10 Years of Love, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai

2016
Fireflowers, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai
Ulysses' Gaze - The Return of Painterliness and Soulful Contemplation, Ginkgo Art Center, Beijing

2015
Bites Back, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai

2014
Dreaming in Color, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai

2009
Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, Canada
Three - Two - One Art Exhibition, Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai
Highlights of the Chinese Art Prize 2005 - 2008, Art Scene Warehouse, Shanghai
The White Exhibition 2 - Group Exhibition of Emerging Chinese Contemporary Artists, Art Scene Warehouse, Shanghai
Get Real!, Art Scene Warehouse, Shanghai
Group Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Art, Dubai

2008
Art Cologne, Cologne, Germany
The White Exhibition - Contemporary Emerging Chinese Art Exhibition, Art Scene Warehouse, Shanghai

2007
Top 20 Artists’ Exhibition, Chinese Art Prize 2007, Honorable Mention Award, Art Scene Warehouse, Shanghai
Art Beijing, Beijing
1981 Design and Art, Zendai MOMA, Shanghai

2006
Here Comes the Christmas, Zendai MOMA, Shanghai

ART PROJECTS

2017
Made in CNY, Apple Inc.
Candy Mountain Music Festival, An'ren, Sichuan Province

2009
Météo Music Festival, Mulhouse, France