Landscape painter and designer Jack Zhoujie has cast his nets wide, devising theatrical sets, costumes, large public wall paintings and amusement parks. It is easy to see the influence of these pursuits in the otherworldly or paradismic settings of many of his landscapes. His pathways leading to unknown locations, and pastoral vistas completely empty of human or animal life seem like appropriate environments for the unfolding of fantastic tales.
Zhoujie states that he works to express oriental mystery with his use of light and color. He combines the artistic conception of Chinese poetry with the western tradition of oil painting. While his phenomenal technique, often pointillism could not be further from the loose minimalism of traditional sumi painting, it possesses a similar quiet harmony.
Jack Zhoujie’s painstaking attention to detail and subtle variations in color would impress even the most fastidious critic. A highland landscape, which another painter might depict as monochrome, is revealed by Zhoujie to be flecked with an immense range of tonalities. When he paints a forest floor carpeted with autumn debris not a single feature is omitted. One wonders if the man ever sleeps.
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