Artwork’s Title: Friday Night
Materials Used: Acrylic on linen, airbrush
Studio Based: Shunyi, Beijing
Can you tell us about the process of making your work? For example, the airbrush painting technique seems to dominate your artistic approach on canvases.
Of course, the use of airbrush is an important part, but it may be too simple or single for me in terms of the richness of details and the sense of expression of the picture. Therefore, you will see details similar to marble texture in your works. This kind of hard texture can produce an interesting contrast with the fuzzy texture at the fountain pen, which not only enriches the picture, but also produces a virtual sense of plausibility and unreal.
How would you define your work in a few words (ideally in 3 words)?
繁杂 投入 深呼吸
Complicated investment deep breathing.
Could you share with us some insights on your ‘With Feelings In Silence’, (2022) painting? Is there any particular story behind this new work?
In the process of painting, I have a strong creative desire in my heart, which is a state of feelings. However, from the perspective of a bystander, in addition to the roar of the air pump, it is actually a very calm state. It’s like our life. No matter how noisy it is, it will eventually return to peace.
You are currently presenting a new show, ‘Ceci n’est pas une foire’, at VETA gallery in Madrid. Could you talk about your new works that you’re showing there?
These works are new works in 2021, and even one is 22 years old. This work focuses on our current life. On top of the description of reality, I add a layer of self-examination and Reflection on the phenomenon in this picture. As a modern person, we will be disturbed by the silent living environment, so my works may show many social problems, such as equal rights between men and women, the gap between the rich and the poor, racial problems, fashion, scientific and technological progress and lifestyle. I hope to be a participant in recording the times, just as every artist in the past is the best evidence of their times.
From recent paintings of yours such as the ‘Bubbles’, ‘Suspense Story’ or ‘Nocturnal Animal’, it seems that high-end fashion, glamorous parties and drinks characterise your visual arrangements; do these sorts of motifs have a more meaning symbolism or interest to you as a painter?
I mostly arrange the props in these paintings from the perspective of balancing the picture and conforming to the logic of the picture content
In a recent statement you pointed out that you ‘hope everyone who stops by and reviews the works will be inspired to think the influence of globalization and cultural/context cross over’; how do you cope with the impact of globalization in your artistry, could you elaborate more on this perspective?
Life is actually the best provision for artistic creation. When we simply read an advertisement or a fashion magazine, we may only pay attention to the information that these things themselves want to convey to us. But as an artist, I think it is necessary to extract the artist’s perspective I want to convey from these materials that can be seen everywhere in life. The thinking contained in this perspective may be why we are attracted by these things, and what “magic” does these things have to attract us?
Do specific artworks have been created by random experiments in your studio or do you usually come up with a particular concept or narrative in the very beginning of your artistic process?
In the past, I might draw a draft and clearly tell myself what this work is going to look like. Now I have abandoned the part of the draft. I think the draft can only be used as an exercise. Now to draw a new work, I will directly draft on the canvas, and then coordinate all parts of the whole work according to the needs of expression in the process of creation.
Can you mention any artists you, lately or generally, take inspiration from?
Sandro Botticelli ，他的作品优雅华丽，我画中有向他致敬的部分。
我也喜欢Rene Magritte，Neo Rauch的作品。
Sandro Botticelli, his works are elegant and gorgeous, and there is a part in my painting that pays tribute to him.
I also like the works of Rene Magritte and Neo Rauch.
What about the place where you work? What’s your studio space look like?
My studio is in an office building in Shunyi District of Beijing. In order to avoid the demolition of factory style studio, I rented this office space as a studio.
Which are your plans for the near future?
Create and draw new works. I can’t think of anything else except this.
All images courtesy of the artist