Juxtaposing the traditional with the contemporary, Gu Zhijun (顾志军) creates inventive prints that link the past to the present. Born in Suzhou in 1961, his passion for art developed as a child. By 1979, he joined the Taohuawu Woodblock Print Making Society, where he studied traditional printmaking techniques under the famous artist Ye Jin. Over twenty years of traditional study and creative exploration, Gu Zhijun developed his highly personalized and distinctive style. Greatly respected as a founder of the new wave of Chinese creative prints, he has been selected for major exhibitions, publications and awards, both within China and abroad.
Gu Zhijun is a member of the China Artists Association and the China Printmakers Association. He serves as director of the Jiangsu Province Artists Association, vice secretary-general of the Suzhou Artists Association, and is ranked as a “First Class Artist” by the Chinese government.
Select Exhibitions and Awards
1992 Sun, Moon, and Stars selected for Contemporary Chinese Print exhibition celebrating the 60th Anniversary of China’s New Print Movement
1996 Talking about the Past and Discussing the Present selected for National Print Exhibition, won Second Place
1999 A New Account of the Tales of the World selected for the 9th National Artwork Exhibition, won the Award of Excellence
2000 Comes at Dawn, Leaves at Dusk selected for the 15th National Print Works Exhibition, won Third Place
2002 Soft-Spoken Wu Dialect selected for the 16th National Print Exhibition, won Second Place
2004 Tale of Fashion selected for the 17th national Print Works Exhibition, won Third Place
2007 Tale of Fashion selected for the first Guanlan International Print Biennial, won “Guanlan International Print Award”
2009 The Boat Arrived Beneath the Bridge won Nomination Prize at the 11th National Art Exhibition
2012 Town Surrounded by Water in my Dreams selected for Shilin International Print Exhibition