Smell the roses: Zhuang Hong Yi puts the city in bloom

We can’t wait to be led merrily down the garden path by this new Opera Gallery exhibition

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Wander into the grey urban space at Opera Gallery and prepare to be dazzled by a massive burst of colour that awaits.

For nestled among the blank walls, shiny floors and industrial lights of the Opera Gallery lies a scene that will transport you far from the city and thrust you into the midst of blooming garden.

Chinese artist Zhuang Hong Yi brings his stunning collection to the gallery from Wednesday December 5 until Wednesday December 19, and we can’t wait to spend a fortnight in the wild outdoors.

The artist’s contemporary style depicts a 3D flower motif, and his latest collection uses rice paper, acrylic, ink and varnish to create an oasis of roses, irises and tulips that look so real you can almost smell them.

The exhibition is Zhuang’s first solo venture in Dubai, with his works exuding a spectacular amount of beauty, sophistication and perfection, shifting the urban exhibition space into a mesmerising celebration of life.

The dynamic array of colours differ from every viewing point, and a clear Chinese influence is depicted through his choice of specific colours, themes, shapes and even materials – with rice paper playing a key role in the artworks.

Zhang, who is from Sichuan, China, is currently based between his Rotterdam and Beijing studios.

The artist has achieved international acclaim for his bold, sculptural paintings that have featured in more than 30 solo exhibitions and many significant group shows at venues worldwide, including the Found Museum in Beijing, China, the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands and in Venice, Italy on the 55th Venice Biennale of 2013.

We can’t wait to be led merrily down the garden path.
O Free. Wed Dec 5-Wed Dec 19. Opera Gallery, Gate Village 3, DIFC, www.operagallery.com (04 323 0909).

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