Within the context of today's international attention and curiosity for Chinese contemporary art, and the hype currently surrounding it, Shanghai-based painter Zhang Enli occupies a very particular position.' - Things and Spaces by Philippe Pirotte
Using the outside world as a mirror, Zhang Enli documents the more prosaic aspects of contemporary life. He regularly works with everyday objects that he is instinctively drawn to, for example a piece of string, a hose, or even a marble ball from the floor of his studio. Zhang Enli often magnifies his subjects until a specific fragment of a scene is depicted, as if enlarged through the viewfinder of a camera. This technique is especially present in recent abstract works such as ‘The Garden’, 2017.