White Space Art Asia | Traces of Innocence

White Space Presents: Traces of Innocence

White Space Art Asia is proud to present ‘Traces of Innocence’, a collection from Henan native and artist, Zhang Wen.  

A collection nostalgic for the years gone past, Zhang’s works are an immortalisation of the ephemerality of youth. Dotted with playful figures that dance across vast landscapes, her oeuvre celebrates the simplicity of childhood. Her characters explore rivers, seas, and rousing mountain valleys, drawing us to a time unadulterated by the complexities of adulthood. Adolescence, the centrepiece of Zhang’s works, is nurtured in the heart of nature.

Quiet Time

50 x 37.5 cm

Chinese Ink on Paper

2015

Making a Point

53.5 x 37.5 cm

Chinese Ink on Paper

2015

Finding Treasures

50 x 38 cm

Chinese Ink on Paper

2014

Bodies of water are a common motif throughout Zhang’s works, where rivers and waterfalls are places of repose, recreation, and exploration. The most notable quality that these sites share, however, is their role as a sanctuary for Zhang’s characters to live to their heart’s content. These places are where mankind and nature can co-exist in blissful harmony. With water’s association with cleansing and purity, it is only apt that it is so prevalent in a collection that dreams of childhood innocence.

A Meeting by Moonlight

49 x 37 cm

Chinese Ink on Paper

2019

Water Days #1

49 x 47 cm

Chinese Ink on Paper

2016

Water Days #2

49 x 49 cm

Chinese Ink on Paper

2016

Water Days #3

49 x 50 cm

Chinese Ink on Paper

2016

Free Spirited

32 x 55.5 cm

Chinese Ink on Paper

2018

And beyond these bodies of water lies an expanse of far-away skies and boundless mountains. The far-flung distance between the often solitary figures and the sweeping landscape parallels the coming-of-age journey that everyone experiences as they age. Standing at the precipice of the vast unknown, with their heads tilted upwards, Zhang paints a relationship of the adolescent at the cusp of adulthood.

 Navigating the Valley

79 x 49.5 cm

Chinese Ink on Paper

2019

Flight of Fancy #1

37 x 50 cm

Chinese Ink on Paper

2018

Flight of Fancy #2

36.5 x 49 cm

Chinese Ink on Paper

2018

Flight of Fancy #3

36.5 x 49.5 cm

Chinese Ink on Paper

2018

The Sweet Scent of Freedom

28 x 40 cm

Chinese Ink on Paper

2018

A glimpse at Zhang’s oeuvre and one can experience the utopic essence of growing up- one that immaculately balances leisure and learning, and guided by the natural tools that the earth has gifted us.

Peaches

150 x 200 cm

Chinese Ink on Paper

2015

The Colour of the Wind

50 x 250 cm

Chinese Ink on Paper

2015

Snow Moon

100 x 66.5 cm

Chinese Ink on Paper

2016

In the Company of Stars

72 x 55 cm

Chinese Ink on Paper

2015

Consulting the Winds 

29 x 42.5 cm

Chinese Ink on Paper

2019

Blush of Springtime

25 x 38 cm

Chinese Ink on Paper

2018

The Solitary Fisherman

100 x 51 cm

Chinese Ink on Paper

2019

An Unfettered Soul

41 x 29 cm

Chinese Ink on Paper

2019

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