Fortnum & Mason is proud to present Fortnum’s X Zhang Enli. This collaboration will see a rich body of 28 works, with 18 never-before-seen paintings specially commissioned for Fortnum’s, including a 6-metre site-specific work, take over the flagship London store.
Shanghai-based Zhang Enli is known for his captivating paintings that document the more prosaic aspects of contemporary life. Having achieved acclaim for his earlier figurative paintings, Zhang Enli has dedicated recent years to developing his own abstract visual language. In his latest body of work, commissioned specifically by Fortnum’s with the space in mind, Zhang Enli’s uninhibited, intuitive approach to colour and form is exemplified throughout the space. Inspired by the artist’s journeys to and around the UK over the past year, these works harness themes of travel, mapping, immigration and relocation.
This collaboration with Zhang Enli marks an exciting time for Fortnum’s as the brand’s annual art project takes a different approach with Fortnum’s working directly with an artist, and supporting them to create a new body of work.
Ewan Venters, Fortnum & Mason CEO commented: “Fortnum’s has always been both a feast for the senses and a place of discovery and our annual art project, which sees us remove our own collection and replace those works with different artists is an annual highlight for us. Changing the nature of the shop, providing a different space for artists and provoking customers to view art in a totally different context is a great joy and makes Fortnum’s that bit more special. It is a privilege to be working with Zhang Enli – one of the world’s greatest Chinese contemporary artists – to stimulate our visitors from around the world, in exciting visual and sensitive ways and comes at an incredibly important time for us as we prepare for our opening this Autumn in Hong Kong.”