Innocence at the intersection of the Pathetique - Guo Zhen's painting
By Gao Minglu, 2003
Guo Zhen unites the sense of social responsibility and the deep traditional heritage of the Chinese painter. Guo Zhen, as early as the 1980s, was the teacher of the Chinese Painting Department of China Academy of Art, and also has more than 20 years’ experience in the United States. This international arts environment brings new inspiration and visions to Guo Zhen’s works. In her art, Guo expresses true human nature as seen by a female artist: her figure painting is a symphony of personal experience and social criticism. When she conveys her personal experiences of bitterness, sorrow, and tears as both a woman and a painter, deep social issues are made clear. On the other hand, Guo Zhen’s paintings in traditional Chinese manner, especially flowers, fully demonstrate natural beauty and harmony. Her strong impressionistic style and novel composition presents us with the pure essence of the natural world. The world of Guo Zhen’s art is that place where innocence and sorrow collide.