Let’s start from the beginning: when did you first discover your passion for art?
Interestingly enough, I started making art as a young child simply because my parents would not let me play videogames. I needed an outlet, and as far as I was concerned art was that outlet. At this point my parents were under the impression
that I loved drawing, but as far as I remembered the truth of the matter is that I just needed that creative outlet. This was throughout my early early childhood, but I remember first discovering a real “passion” for art I guess you could say at around the age of 8. My parents enrolled me in an art class by that time, and what I can vividly recall is the first time coming to witness something on this 2D piece of paper come to life as a 3D image. That was it for me, it was like a moment of epiphany or something, like it opened up pandora’s box of possibilities for me to explore.
So do you treat art as a technical pursuit?, or are you more inclined to pursue themes in expression or creativity.
At the end of the day, art to me is a process of using a combination of techniques and mediums to communicate my sense of self. Much of my imagery are an eclectic combination of Oriental and European elements, because I am a Chinese person who was educated in London. Much of my imagery are created digitally, because these are the times I grew up in. I see my role as an artist to be that of a purveyer of culture. To fulfill that role, ultimately you can say that all my art is a pursuit of understanding my identity in the world.
What inspires you in this pursuit?
I find that it’s always a delicate balance an artist must find between being inspired by the external world vs. being inspired by our internal thoughts. Sometimes I take inspiration from the people and events in human history. Other times I take inspiration from a certain affect that a visual medium can have on its viewer.
Was there anybody in your life or from art history who you consider to have influenced on your art?
I actually believe that artists need to be really careful not to be too influenced by others when it comes to art. This really goes back to what we were just saying about understanding my sense of self. I think much of my approach is a sort of backlash against the Chinese art education that I received early on in life, which was very much focused on the techical skills of sketching and representational arts. When I studied in London, I discovered that art could really be much more of a tool for expression and a medium for creativity, and that notion was extremely attractive to me and informed much of my current philosophies. I tend to think that whether it’s the old masters we see in art history or it’s the mentors we encounter in our own lives, ultimately these people made it because they carved their own paths in the world, and the most important thing for any artist is to be pursue doing the same for himself.
Born 1987 in Shanghai China. Lives and works in Shanghai China
2012 BFA with Honors, Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, London UK
2009 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing China
2017 Photo X Prize, finalist artist, London UK
2014 Close to Culture, TV interview on Hong Kong CTV, Hong Kong China
2013 ArtGemini Prize, finalist artist, London UK
2017 Timeless, Lemon Frame Art Gallery, Tel Aviv Israel
Asian Young Artists Art Festival, Dongdaemum Design Plaza, Seoul South Korea
2016 Between Reality and Imagination, Lemon Frame Art Gallery, Tel Aviv Israel
Art in the City, Chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai China
2015 Celebrate No Boundaries, Shou Gallery, Zug Switzerland
Art Light Up Fashion, Gallery Different, London UK
2014 Source - August Texture and Collage, Tate Britain, London UK
Continental Shift, Saatchi Gallery, London UK
ArtGemini Prize 2013 Finalists Exhibition, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London UK
2013 Open 2013, Bohunk Institute Gallery, Nottingham UK
Showcase City, Rich Mix London, London UK
2012 70 Artists 7 Days, Mile End Art Pavilion, London UK
Summer Show, Central Saint Martins, London UK
2011 Shenyang Art Fair, Venue, Shenyang China
Very Un-kettle’s Yard, Kettle’s Yard Gallery (House), Cambridge UK
Dragons in the Lion’s Den, Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery, London UK
2010 Montage, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London UK
2016 Fashion Salutes Art, Woolff Gallery, London UK
Burst Into Life, Popsy Room, Hong Kong China
2015 Mechanical Phantasy, A Style Gallery, Hong Kong China
2014 Secret Jungle, A Style Gallery, Hong Kong China