The multi-styled paintings and collage of Hong attest to this
chameleon-like artist's creative and restless talents and his life-long
commitment to the pursuit of artistic development.
Born in 1963 in the Jilin province of Inner Mongolia, the second child
in what would prove to be an artistically fruitful family, Hong Yuan
exhibited artistic talent early on. Unable to receive formal training
commensurate with Hong's artistic impulses, Hong developed his skills
privately with the meager art supplies his family could acquire. Hong
learned quickly and, upon graduation from high school, had become quite
skilled in painting, collage and drawing. However, with no prospects
for a career as a professional artist, Hong began a series of day jobs.
For a number of years he worked as a leather crafts designer, later
as a police officer where he developed a prison arts program. Throughout,
Hong continued painting and crafting exquisite collage pieces. His work
was so remarkable that a number of American collectors took notice.
Hong is an artist whose impulse for creativity is rarely at rest.
He is continually seeking new modes of expression and unusual contextual
combinations of collage. In 1989, realizing his artistic development
could only advance outside of China, Hong relocated to the United States
with the assistance of several U.S. art dealers (including Slaymaker
Fine Art Ltd). As a result, Hong's work began to take on western stylings.
Throughout this early period, certain characteristics and patterns became
visible. Hong brought together a rich Eastern painting tradition, combined
with Westernized geometric patterns and bold colors. With strong hues
of red, green, purple, and metallic golds and silvers, Hong Yuan's early
collages combined ancient Chinese culture with an open gaze to the future.
Hong's more recent work, all done in acrylic, has taken on a decidedly
westernized appearance. Though his palette has grown more monochromatic,
with earthtones such as umber, sienna, and tans predominating, westernized,
abstract images, exquisitely rendered, are making their appearance for
the first time.
Slaymaker Fine Art Ltd is proud of its fifteen-year relationship with
Hong, introducing his work to private and corporate collectors
around the world.