Introducing...Laober Zhu

In the first in a series of posts in which we will be unveiling the artists featured in our forthcoming second collection of limited edition art prints, meet Chinese painter Laober Zhu. We will be offering four prints of the artist's work in our new collection, which will be launched on 11 September 2014.

Working predominantly with watercolour, Laober Zhu is from a long line of painters. He creates compositions that are full of light and atmosphere, painting on location to capture the mood and story of a place. There is a quickness and fluidity to his brushstroke, with forms emerging from delicate washes of colour.

The artist’s choice of watercolour as a medium was influenced by his own father’s work and he sees it as a unique medium that allows him to approach nature more closely in his art.

His paintings are not only depictions of landscapes or people, but also scenes of daily life; rather than being silent pictures, the artist sees his paintings as vivid stories recorded using a visual language.

Since moving to Dubai, Laober Zhu has captured scenes well known to residents of the UAE, from JBR The Walk, to the beaches of Umm al Quwain, to the ubiquitous construction sites found across Dubai.

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Laober collage 2 copy

You can see more of Laober Zhu's work on his website. Check out the GIF below showing Laober Zhu working on a new painting, and hear the artist speaking about what inspires him in this Instagram video.

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Chinese artist Laober Zhu received a BA in Digital Design from Yangzi Normal University in 2009.  He has participated in numerous projects in China as a concept artist and art director, including feature film Back to 1942 and animation film Monkey King. Past exhibitions of his work include SIKKA Art Fair, Dubai (2014); Camberwell Rotary Art Show, Australia (2014); the Belgium International Watercolor Biennial (2014); and the Ramadan Art Bazaar, Abu Dhabi (2014). His paintings can be found in private collections in China, Ireland, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, and India.