Zhang Zipiao - 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale Hong Kong Tuesday, June 21, 2022 | Phillips

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    “You paint what aligns the most with what you want to express. Isn’t this self-portrait in a way?”
    — Zhang Zipiao


    After graduating from the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015, Zhang Zipiao has followed in the footsteps of her father, an artist. Born in Beijing in 1993, the young artist considers herself well-versed in the various trends of social media— it is her deep interest in internet culture and her unique perception of online trends that entice her to create. Zhang’s pictorial language is both visually and emotionally arresting, rendering everyday subjects from food and nature to decorative items in stunning palettes and overwhelming compositions. Behind a vibrant and playful facade, however, lies broiling undercurrents of tension and violence that are unfortunately typical of modern society.


    Tiger Skin Tapestry is an exemplary work that showcases Zhang’s distinct perceptiveness and sensitivity towards the surrounding world. As visually potent as it is unnerving, the painting features a tiger’s bare ribs, bent and fleshless. Wrapped around it is its sleek hide, coated in a regal yellow hue that does little to conceal the grotesque imagery underneath. What’s left of the tiger’s torso is irregular and broken, resembling crawling bugs’ legs rather than a set of bones, and the deep, blood-red shades that tint the upper part of the work serves as a grim reminder of the brutal, inhumane process that yields the depicted animal skin. Simultaneously unexpected and disturbing, the present work displays Zhang’s affinity for imbuing a dark emotional depth into her initially delightful paintings.


    Zhang Zipiao painting in her studio
    Image Courtesy of Salon 94


    Currently living and working in Beijing, Zhang Zipiao’s works are regularly shown in both solo and group exhibitions.  Zhang Zipiao | Heart of Anchor at Salon 94, New York (8 September - 9 October 2021) marks the artist’s debut solo exhibition in the United States, and other recent solo exhibitions include Blooming, White Space, Beijing (18 July – 6 September 2020); Cutthroat Kitchen, Mine Project Gallery, Hong Kong (27 March – 27 April 2019); and The Ultimate Moist!, White Space, Beijing (12 May – 20 June 2018). Zhang was featured on the list of Forbes’ “30 Under 30 Asia”, and “2019 Best of the Best” in the annual young artist category by Robb Report in 2019.

    • Provenance

      White Space, Beijing
      Acquired from the above by the present owner


Tiger Skin Tapestry

signed and dated 'Zhang Zipiao [in Chinese] 2018' on the reverse
oil on canvas
175 x 140 cm. (68 7/8 x 55 1/8 in.)
Painted in 2018.

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HK$250,000 - 450,000 

Sold for HK$567,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 21 June 2022