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Zhang Fuming

"I express my visual language through the medium of printmaking, predominantly woodcut, for its intrusive intensity and bold, expressive qualities. In my work, I am influenced by social-commentary typed narratives. Tapping into my roots as a Chinese Singaporean, I commonly depict motifs common in its culture."

Biography

  • Born in 1989, Singapore

  • Graduated with Diploma in Fine Arts (Printmaking) in LASALLE College of the Arts in 2011

  • Young Talent Programme Solo Exhibition Prize Award winner and presented his debut solo exhibition in ION Art Gallery in September 2015

Solo Exhibitions

2016 Poised for Success: Woodcut Series by Zhang Fuming, AC43 Gallery, Singapore

2015 The Quest; The Exquisite Rice Bowl, ION Art Gallery, Singapore; Affordable Art Fair Young Talent Programme Winner’s Solo Exhibition

Group Exhibitions

2018 You Don’t Need 100 Editions, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Praxis Space & Project Space, Singapore

2017 Cliftons Art Prize Finalist Show Cliftons Venues Singapore

2017 The Singapore Story, American Club Singapore, Singapore

2017 Buku Mini 2, Ace House Collective, Jogjakarta, Indoneasia

2017 Singapore Printmaking Festival Millenial Walk; Singapore Art Week 2017, Singapore

2016 Inauguration Showcase, AC43 Gallery, Singapore

2016 The Great Egg-Venture, Sentosa-Harbourfront Precinct, Singapore - Public Art Programme

2016 The 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Art Week, Xiamen, China

2015 Presence and Distances, Flaneur Gallery, Singapore

2015 NMHxFlaneur, New Majestic Hotel, Singapore

2014 Young Talent Programme, Affordable Art Fair, Singapore; Young Talent Programme ‘14

2014 Art of Giving, Scotts Square, Singapore

2014 One Canvas One Cause, Canvas Singapore, Singapore

2014 DAYDREAMS + NIGHTMARES, The Substation Gallery, Singapore; Singapore Night Festival ‘14

2014 Seni Mini, Micasa Sucasa, Singapore

In Singapore, Zhang Fuming is possibly the only printmaker of his generation who chooses to harness the direct, efficient means of black-white woodcut narratives in expressing critical social messages, reprising the role of social realism in the application of woodblock prints. Fuming’s heavy, expressive use of blacks and whites takes after the technique of influential German printmaker, Kathe Kollwitz who relies on bold, economical usage of blacks and whites to dramatise scenes of vulnerability, toil and destitution. Fuming’s utilisation of large woodblocks, combined with an immersive black-white engagement – usually achieved through both rubbing and printing – heightens the stark emotional quality of his images and generates for his narratives a sense of weight and melancholy.