||Instructor of Fine Art, Beijing Jing Hai College|
|1983-1993||Instructor of Fine Art, Beijing Chongwen Youth Science Center|
|1964-1982||Instructor of Fine Art, Beijing Guang Ming School|
||Sentimental Journeys, Art Beatus
Gallery, Hong Kong, China
Spirit of a City, Art Beatus (Vancouver), Vancouver,
of One Hundred Rivers, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden,
Vancouver, B.C. Canada, Co-organized by Canadian Society
of Asian Arts, Asia Foundation of Canada and Dr. Sun
Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. Curator Yue Zhang
was interviewed by CBC Radio.
|2009||Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, Florida, U.S.A.|
|2008||Lighthouse Center for the Arts, Tequesta, Florida, U.S.A|
|2007||Randy Batista Gallery (former Media Image Gallery), Gainesville, Florida, U.S.A.|
|2006||Focus Gallery, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, U.S.A.|
|1984||Oil painting Zhuo Wei Zu Fu Shi de Gu Niang was included in Chong Wen Worker’s Club Art Exhibition, Beijing, China|
|1976||Chinese ink painting Cang Ying was included in Chon Wen Qu Art Exhibition, Beijing, China|
||Gallery Artists Group Show ・ Spring 2019,
Art Beatus Gallery, Hong Kong
||Small Is Good, Art Beatus Gallery, Hong
||Watercolour Painting Should Not Wane
was selected by exhibition Crossing Boundaries,
co-organized by Federation of Canadian Artists and Chinese
Canadian Artists Federation of Vancouver, Chinese Cultural
Centre Museum, Vancouver B.C. Canada
||The 16th Annual Exhibition and Juried Awards 2010, Chinese Canadian Artists Federation in Vancouver, Chinese Cultural Centre, Vancouver, B.C. Canada|
|Watercolor Painting Winter Sunshine
won the 1st Prize of the Western Style Category
|Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, Florida, U.S.A.|
||Da Qian Gallery, Beijing, China
||The First Prize, 16th Annual Exhibition and Juried Awards 2010, Chinese Canadian Artists Federation in Vancouver, Vancouver, B.C. Canada|
||Art Designer of Youth Programs, Beijing TV Station|
||Book Design The Culture of Chinese Furniture, Hebei Art Press|
||Art Director of Beijing Fu Yu Hang Real Estate Trading Center|
|1999||Graphic Designer of Beijing Putt-Putt Golf|
|1993-1997||Art Designer, Sailing Ltd., State Bureau of Building Materials Industry|
|1992||Co-developer of Acrylic resin decorative glass, Tong Ji University, Shanghai|
|1987||Furniture Designer, Beijing Shi Jing Shan Furniture Factory|
|1995||Illustrator Er Tong Mei Shu III (Children’s Art III) People’s Art Press, Beijing|
|1992||Illustrator Qiao Shou Miao Gong (Clever Hands Crafts) Henan Art Press|
|1989||Illustrator E Mei Shi San Jian, Hai Feng Publishing Co., Ltd. Hong Kong|
|1989||Illustrator Wa Wa Tan Qin (Children Learn to Play Piano) Beijing Athletic Institute Press, Beijing|
collected by Chinese, Korean, American and Canadian
Nancy Sanders, Gainesville, FL, U.S.A
Randy Batista, Gainesville, FL, U.S.A.
Tom Caswell, Gainesville, FL, U.S.A.
Peter and Ruth Sheng, Gainesville, FL, U.S.A.
Woo-sung Yoon, Miami, FL, U.S.A.
Teresa Yick, Honolulu, HI, U.S.A.
Yim Tse, Vancouver, BC, U.S.A.
Sam Wu, Burnaby, BC, U.S.A.
Anonymous Collector, California, U.S.A.
The Spirit of the City - Beijing Hutongs
Although I grew up in old Beijing, and embraced its rich traditions, I did not fully recognize its complex history, culture and art as a young child. And later, my busy life took me to places outside of the magnificent and exquisite architecture of the ancient capital city.
With today’s massive political and economic changes, the ever-increasing pace of urbanization, and the recent overhaul of the city in preparation for the 2008 Olympic Games, the old city gates, old city walls, hutongs, and residential courtyards that bear so much historical, cultural, artistic values are vanishing from our sight. Only then had I realized what our nation is losing…the spirit of a place and the soul of its people.
The grandiose and highly ordered layout of imperial Beijing and the vernacular fabric of a city built upon a thousand years of history are wonders of human culture. The hutongs of Beijing (networks of small alleyways that lead to courtyard houses) give witness to the city’s evolution, and are like a living museum that holds the clues to an enduring way of life.
Beijing quadrangle courtyards are the most elaborate examples of Chinese vernacular dwelling. Their ethnological character and variations of style, along with their delicate but powerful decorative elements, are of significant historic value and cultural meaning.
Beijing’s royal palaces and temples represent a pinnacle of achievement in Oriental architecture. And the totality of Beijing’s architecture is not only defined by the intensely layered physical occupancy of geometric spaces, but through the spirit, and the scenery of the soul, of a whole nation. It is this scenery that touches our heart deep down.
Human minds are connected, and we all marvel at the architecture of the Parthenon, the Egyptian pyramids, the Arc de Triomphe, Ankor Wat, and Taj Mahal. The old cityscape of Beijing is also appreciated by people all over the world. As early as the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, foreign photographers and writers recorded the vibrant life of Beijing’s hutongs, now vanishing, and leaving behind only fragments of this once continuous whole.
It is true that what is gone later becomes
the most precious. While I cannot prevent its loss, I
use my brushes to hold onto the fragments and memories
of old Beijing. Through this work, I am carrying out a
personal mission to advocate the preservation of
Beijing’s culture and the continuity of our history.
- Weizhi Zhang