Leon Zhan (2000) is a Chinese-Australian Melbourne artist working across painting and sculpture, currently undertaking his bachelors of fine arts. Zhan’s highly finished and graphic pictorial practiceleans into the power and simplicity of mass cultural iconography and languages rather than rejecting them. Embracing the economies of cultural visual catalogues that appeal to the masses, the poignancy of his work lies in the convergence of historic and contemporary subjects, ideas and aesthetics that derive from pop culture, Chinese antiquity, basketball, graphic design, cryptocurrency and more, to synthesise new meanings.
Zhan has been recognised internationally for his work in magazines such as Vogue HK (2019), Grazia FR (2019), and an interview in Dazed (2019). Zhan’s work has been shown at the following galleries; Blacktown City Art Prize, Blacktown Arts Centre, (2020) Brunswick Small Work Art Prize, Brunswick Street Gallery, (2020) Footscray Art Prize, VU
at MetroWest (2019), Creative Generations, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (2018), Creative Generations, University of the Sunshine Coast (2017).
Zhan has been the recipient of the Creative Generations Exhibition, Excellence Award, Queensland and the Blacktown City Art Prize, People’s Choice, Sydney.