Guo Shi Jun was born in Shandong, China in 1987. A graduate of the prestigious China Fine Art Academy, his award winning wins has won fans locally and a far. Create using a combination of photography, fine ink paint and digital technology; Shi Jun’s work explores the relationship between man and God.
The inspiration from this series of works stems from the artist’s interpretation of the interaction between man and God. , the mortality of man and the immortality of god. According to Chinese belief, Man lives from the energy of heaven and earth, based on the laws of the four seasons. Gods are all energy, they are all life – all are interconnected as such.
Creative direction of the works are from heaven, earth, man and sea, leading to the creation of 4 key works, which are namely, “天禄” (Tianlu),，”蓝翎” (Lanling),，”金银玄, 爻手” (Jinyin Xuan, Yao hand], and “玳瑁” (Dai Mao), They symbolically represented, deer, bird, sea turtle, Gold/Sliver Elements, Hexagram, and Sea Turtle. The artistic expression draws from both traditional and popular culture and popular culture, seeking a confluence between ancient and modern aesthetic sensibilities.
The audience will find both familiarity and mythical elements in the presentation of the man / woman form in the works, almost to the point of a very fine line between reality and dreams, a metaphor expressing the close, intertwined and inextricable relationship between man and God.
Overall, the final works are real and imaginary, soft and strong, ancient & modern mortal and mythical. Looking at the work is like standing in front of the mirror, the picture of the “they” reflect “us”, and let us ask ourselves who are we?
Born in Anhui, China, De Sheng graduated from Anhui University. In 2014, he was awarded the Silver prize both at Wuhu Fine Art & Calligraphy Biennale and the Marley Art Prize Exhibition
De Sheng’s works reflect his sensitive and unique perspective of the world around him. Many a times, he wonders about the story of the people he comes across during a public commute, be it in a city or a overnight train. Some snore through the long arduous train journey while other stares into constant flashes of the scenery beyond. Most distinctively De Sheng always seems to be able capture character’s the untold stories in the most unexpected moments.
In his latest works, De Sheng deliberates on China’s homage to massive economic and social redevelopment. Relentless hacking balls dot the nation’s landscape. Homes are torn down and communities are displaced. People walk pass them by everyday. They try to musk from themselves from the pervasive dust. Such common sights never seem to affect anyone least the displaced. But..
What if it is the playground where you cherish your childhood memories?
What if it is the place where you bond with your best friends?
What if it means that your memories will be erased?
What if it means that you will be forgotten?
He than painted famous landmarks, such as the Arc De Triomphe, Tiananmen or the Great Wall on community walls that are slated for demolition and proceed to record the eventual downfall of these monuments. According to De Sheng, these “eternal monuments’ are highly symbolic, emotive and perhaps even spiritual for many people. They represent our past, our future, our victories, our achievements, our failures, our vanities and humility. Perhaps it is even a testimony of our pursuit for eternality…for immortality. As civilization rises and descent, when edifice emerge and collapse, De Sheng wonders, what happen if one were to witness their eventual fall from grace and adoration. Will one be as indifferent?
2011 – Marley Art Prize Exhibition at Anhui Normal University Museum, Wuhu
2012 – Wuhu City 2nd Oil Painting Exhibition
2013 – Anhui Province 1st Toner Show at Benjamin Art Centre, Hefei
2014 – John Moores Prize (China) Exhibition at Himalayas Art Museum, Shanghai.
2014 – Wuhu City 1st Youth Art Exhibition, Wuhu City Cultural Center, Wuhu.
2014 – Anhui Province 5th Art Exhibition, Anhui Normal University Museum, Wuhu;
2014 – 4th National University Student Art Exhibition, Tianjin.
2014 – Wuhu Art Calligraphy Biennale, Silver Award, Wuhu Art Museum
2014 – Eternal Monuments – Performance Art Project, Wuhu
Art has always been the medium from which man conveys his innermost thoughts and emotions, from primiive cave paintings of hunting scenes to the finest renassisumance works depicting celestial splendour. Art has always been the platform for which was celebrate the achievenement of man and the blessings of God.
Over last century Art has evolved from the two dimensional sphere to the multi-dimensional digital realm. And before the arrival of smart phones or even the computer, the television is the probably the most iconic symbol of the early digital age.
From being a medium of communication, the digital world has now evolved to become a medium of consumption. From expression of our inner most thougts to the fulfillment of desires. Through the digital platform, we can now easily fullfill our most basic wishes to fueling the innermost carnal desire.
Today, the digital realm has evolved to allow to overcome our physical and intellectual limitations. It has become our answers to many of our prayaers and wishes. Has it become our new “Idol”. And if not now, who is to deny the possibility that the digital realm will evolved with an integrated intelligence surpass the capibilties of man and become our new “God”.
Chen Ke graduated from the prestigious China Academy of Fine Arts. A multiple award-winning artist from Hunan, his works are currently in the collection of Beijing Today Art Museum and the Suzhou Museum of Art.
Chen Ke whitewashed early televisions sets as symbol of the rebirth and evolution. From two-dimensional paintings to three dimension installation art to the multi-faceted presentation of sciences, man and his fearsome God, Chen’s work is a multi-dimensional discourse of life, death, illness, doubt, desire, sexual fantasies, privacy, mystery, fear…
2006 – “Art for Making the World a Better Place” exhibition, Shanghai M50
2006 – “Star of the Century Oil Painting Exhibition”, Winner of the Excellent Prize, Hangzhou Art Museum of The China Academy of Art
2007 – “Star of the Century Oil Painting Exhibition”, Winner of the Excellent Prize, Hangzhou Art Museum of The China Academy of Art
2007 – “99 Tents, 99 Dreams ” Art Exhibition Beijing Songzhuang Art Museum
2007 – Annual Art Student Excellence Award Exhibition, Beijing Today Art Museum
2007 – “What’s That” Contemporary Art Exhibition, Hangzhou A8 Art Commune
2007 – “345” Shanghai Art Exhibition, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art
2008 – “Impression of Desire” exhibition, Suzhou Museum of Art
2008 – China Academy of Art, Youth Oil Painting Exhibition, Hangzhou Yannan Art Institutions
2008 – “Eighteen Case Study” China Experimental Art exhibition Hangzhou Art Museum,
2008 – Hangzhou Young Artist Exhibition, Shanghai Sach Gallery
2008 – “Form is emptiness, emptiness is form” Henan Art Museum
2012 – 5th China International Youth Art Week — Contemporary Art Exhibition, He Art Gallery, Beijing 798
2012 – “CIYAF” — Contemporary Art Exhibition, He Art Gallery, Beijing 798
2014 – 1st Post Realist Exhibition, Beijing Art Museum of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Yanjiao
2014 – 798 Art Festival “Exhibition of Experimental Young Artists “, Beijing 798 Art District
I was born in small quiet village in northern China. When I was very young, I often played with the big brother next door who enjoyed drawing Chinese martial art characters. I was captivated by this works. As my family was very poor and I had no toys or comics, I would cut out the cartoon characters printed on instant noodles packaging and copied them on papers discarded by my father. When I went to high school, I came across works of masters such Van Gogh, Picasso and Matisse’s paintings in art text book. It was then that I realized that man could create such mesmerizing works of arts.
My learning journey began in 2001 when I left for Beijing and met my first art teacher Mr Hou Jinli. We were from the same village. Together with Mr Hou and other friends, we rented a basement apartment next to the Central Academy of Fine Arts to prepare for the painting examination. We were young and live life fearlessly. We had our niche in a quiet corner of the bustling city. We drank, painted and talked about Duchamp. During those joyful years, our head were filled with Matisse, Delacroix, Schiller, Renoir, Modigliani …
After graduating from Herbei’s Mei San University with a Bachelor of Art, I went to Beijing Songzhuang, I borrowed money to rent a small room within a community housing district. Life was hard. I sustained with four ‘馒头’ (buns) a day, flavored with 老干妈 (a bottled minced meat sauce). Three buns for lunch and one reserved in the late evening while I paint. The tiny room was filled with pictures and drawing materials. The stench of cheap ink and turpentine filled the room. It was a cocktail of sheer indulgence.
To earn my keep, I joined a company that sells mass produced artworks. It was then that I further honed my painting skills. At the end of my tenure, I could churn out four works everyday. At 2010, I joined the army. There, l experienced an even harsher world. But I developed my tenacity.
I came to Shanghai in 2012 hoping to start afresh as an artist. However, in no time, I was torn between the need to find a stable income or continue in my artistic endeavor. My initial euphoria graduated into a state of despair and restlessness. I was disoriented by the gloss and shine of this metropolis. I felt the chill of the indifferent crowds. I was homesick. I thought about my time wandering in the village fields and recalled the comforting aroma of the earth. I dreamt of the three old trees along the alley, the scattered stone rubbles along the paths. Most of all I sought solace in the faces of my childhood friends and love ones.
I am rather introverted. I enjoyed sitting in the studio with a hint of sunshine, painting, smoking, and sometimes talking to myself. I think I am a little mad. My paintings became my medium of communication with the world. In this series of works, I attempted to string together the stories of youth and their forlorn for their family.
The birds in my painting are like the flight of youths that migrate into the city everyday. We do not know their name, they have no identity, they have no recognition. They left their hometown, a place that they loathed and yearned, to seek a better life in the city. Many of them slogged and toiled to make good in the city.
And like the living environment of these migrant youths, the settings of my works are barren and somber. The subjects are free and lonely, seemingly blissful and sad. They are unsure of their place in life. They have yet to discover their own self worth.
And as they approach 30 – a milestone age in their lives, many struggle to live up to mounting expectations from society, their families and their partners. They experienced the tugged between burying their hopes and the onslaught of reality. Some leaped out of this stage and move on to the next phase of their lives. But alas, there will be those are left behind, with dreams unfilled, with each night falling into a slumber of lost aspiration.
The approaching 30s is challenging period in our lives. As someone once said, the years of hardship could possibly be joy too – a joy known we know as youth.