Leeds-based artist Qijun Li, a recent graduate of the Leeds College of Art, is breathing new life into the traditional form of contemporary painting. Inspired by the immersive realm of virtual reality and the powerful dynamics of technology, Li is rendering colorful compositions and abstract depictions. He sums up his artistic practice is three words: “Kitsch, digital and materialized”.
Words: Yannis Kostarias
Li is an emerging artist whose creative production is embracing the art of abstraction through a dialogue between the physical and the digital world. The presence of the digital aesthetics is evident in his practice, which is many times infused by early computer-generated imagery. Contemplating on the qualities coming out of this thoughtful dialogue between the physical and the virtual, Li’s artistry constructs an alternative place where these two contradictory concepts can successfully coexist presenting some great art on canvas.
Additionally, his artistic vocabulary is dealing with consumerism as well as materiality. His painting forms include cheeky free-flowing movements; interestingly fluid and beautiful to watch. Likewise, the rapid and continuous change that characterises these two social phenomena is also linked to the nature of those kitsch or even elegant elements in his painting depictions that tend to flow easily on the canvas. Their versatile attributes create a rather inventive communication with the paintings, which also flirt with abstract imagery.
In his interview with ArtVerge, Li explains many more about his art as well as his daily routine. Check it out and you will get to know many more about him.