Zhou Luyun was one of the most influential artists of the New Ink Painting generation and transformed traditional Chinese painting into a wildly imaginative universe of her own. Although having explored the use of other media, such as oil, watercolor and acrylic, Zhou’s mature work found her strongest voice of expression in ink.
The powerful rhythmic brushstrokes, organic forms and confident use of brilliant color became portraits of rebirth and a cosmic vision encapsulating the spirit of endurance and will. “The Universe is My Mind II” represents the significant later period in her artistic career during which she strove to continue painting after surviving life-threatening stroke in 1992. Unlike the melancholy of her past, this traumatic period inspired a belated interest in Buddhism and change that resulted in noticeably freer and relaxed visions.