Plainsboro Public Library – December 2018 –Plainsboro Library is pleased to host an exhibit by accomplished artist Jun Zhan. His large format and exquisitely detailed watercolors depict scenes of the Forbidden City in Beijing and portraits of seniors from the Xinjiang Uygur region in China. A reception will be held on Saturday, February 9, 12 – 2 pm, in conjunction with the library’s annual Chinese New Year Festival. The exhibit runs February 2 – 27.

Jun Zhan paints portraits, still life, and cityscapes in a photo-realistic style. Most of his compositions are meticulously detailed close-ups of daily scenes, produced with a combination of methods derived from Western classical painting techniques, the “negative space” aesthetic in Chinese painting, and a documentary photography style. The Plainsboro Library exhibit will focus on the Forbidden City and portrait collections. The Forbidden City is the imperial palace that was constructed during the early Ming dynasty, and was completed in 1420. Its impressive architecture and gardens are home to a myriad of artworks. A few of Zhan’s paintings on view include “Guardian of the Broken Hongqiao” an image of Duanhong Bridge, the oldest bridge in the Forbidden City; “Bronze Lion”, one of a pair of lions which guard the Qianqingmen Gate; and “Roof”, which depicts one of the many rooftop glazed ceramic sculptures of a rider of an immortal who is leading mythical beasts.
The portraits in the exhibit are of elderly seniors from the Xinjiang Autonomous region, which is located in northwest China and is one of the areas where ethnic minorities are concentrated. The series of portraits of the Xinjiang Uyghur seniors are based on photographs the artist took while filming a documentary in the region.

Jun Zhan has had a long career in the arts. At the age of 24, he became a member of The China Artists Association – an honor and accomplishment for an artist so young — and his works have often been included in the highly selective and prestigious China National Art Museum. He has had numerous widely acclaimed solo exhibitions, notably, in the National Culture Palace, The Kunlun Beijing, and the Gallery of Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, the latter reaching the Chinese mainland’s national and local news programs. Solo exhibits in the US include 3C Gallery Potomac, in Maryland, and Rider University, NJ. His work can be found in many private and corporate collections, including Guangming Daily, the 11th Asian Olympic Games, China Merchants Bureau Shanghai Center, Lenovo Group Ltd., United Airline, Beijing International Convention Center, and the Beijing Kunlun Hotel and Beijing Peace Hotel. Jun Zhan has also been recognized as an outstanding arts educator, receiving a 2017 golden medal and certification, and a 2018 silver medal and certification from Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards.

The Plainsboro Library is located at 9 Van Doren Street, Plainsboro, NJ. Hours are 10-8:30 Monday – Thursday, and 10-5 Friday – Sunday. For more information, call 609-275-2897 or visit the website,


Donna Senopoulos
Plainsboro Public Library