Du Xinjian - Contemporary Chinese Artist
contemporary chinese artist



While I am painting, ideas jump out from my mind like dreams, and I try to capture them. For example, I imagine that clouds can be wings, a blind person can see or a donkey can understand poetry. This is an attempt to break away from reality. As a painter, I have the freedom and ability to express these things. Artists are uniquely gifted in that we can visually express things to others in our artwork that are outside of reality.

Flying is a wish, an obsession of human beings. Scientists and poets dream of flying. And I, too, want to fly. But on our earth, "real life" physics prevent our dreams from coming to fruition. The logic of reality is not the same as the logic in our imaginations. In reality, a strong person will carry a weak one and fish are confined to the water. But in my fantasy, the order can be resersed, and I express that on canvas.

Most of the ideas and the philosophy in my paintings, including the understanding of nature in my work, are Eastern. I was inspired by the writings of the ancient Chinese poet Tao Yuan Ming. He wrote a story about a fantastic journey to an ideal world where people are very comfortable and happy. It is a story about a utopian paradise, written about 2000 years ago. But, in the end, the voyager was forced to return to reality.

The world in my paintings embodies all kinds of human desires and ideas. My dreamscapes are meant to evoke an "absent-mindednedd" towards reality. The paintings also contain some modern elements, which you can see in parts of my paintings, such as jeans, computers, modern sunglasses, etc. These fragments of reality symbolize an interruption of the society within my paintings. In a way they are jokes, but they are also a method to understand the world. They bring us back to the reality from which all artwork is based.







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