Henry Riseman's speech during the opening show for Yong Zhou in 2000
很高興周勇先生作品今天正式在新英格蘭博物館展出。這也是第一個在博物館個展的中國西部絲路畫家。我用兩個字來說明 - 震撼！周勇的油畫將生命從畫面上迸發出來，具有極其鮮明的個性特徵。 他的線條和造型是特別的，富有的，他讓我聯想到美國鄉土繪畫大師托馬斯哈特本頓。周勇的油畫把抽象的寫意精神，融入寫實的具象表現之中，所以他的作品能打動人心。
I am extremly happy to announce that the works of painter, Yong Zhou will now be exhibited at the New England Center for Contemporary Art. He is the first artist from the Silk Road of China to have an individual exhibition at our gallery. If I only have two words to describe his work, it would be 'awe inspring'. His oil paintings, spring from the wall with life and has the intensity of his personality. His figures are remarkable and full of emotion, he reminds me of the scenery painter Thomas Hart Benton. Yong's paintings, incorporates the spirit of abstraction in his realist works, which is why it revokes an emotional response when loked upon.
the painting behind me is called, Farmers Game, in it we see the artist's ideal of a simpler and more pure lifestyle. It brings people and landscape together in a harmonious and aesthetically appealing way. This innocent joy and relish the sense is analogous to Disney, and captures Yong Zhou's drawing spirit. In another painting, Green Snow, similarly include the idealized image of the country's farmers meandering about their lives in the hued snow. Again, the artist combines facets of reality with fantasy, with results in the beautiful.
I also like Yong's paintings of horses, especially the one, Calling. it shows that the horses understand human nature and their communications. Those animals understand humans; we're all a part of earth and her bounty.
Mr.Henry Riseman is the Chairman, Board of New England Center for Contemporary Art