Junli Du - Contrasting Souls 杜君利先生巴黎個展
The first solo exhibition of Chinese artist Junli Du in Pairs！ And also the first exhibition curated by us, a group of students of IESA！
Junli Du - Contrasting Souls 杜君利先生巴黎個展
The Chinese artist Junli is bridging a gap between the past and the future by letting the spectator appreciate the symbols and themes picked from Chinese custom and, simultaneously, new and creative renditions of them.
discloses his tendency to balance characters, subjects and depictions belonging to the Chinese tradition with new elements, textures, Contrasting Soulscolours, and feeling coming from a culturally modern and fluid environment.
Those two contrasting but harmonious souls are coexisting in the artist’s production since his paintings still comply with the technic of ink of Chinese painting, and some even reveal the traces of ancient murals. However, the brightness, saturation, and contrast of colourused are undeniably unique.
Shown for the very first time in France, Junli Du's solo exhibition at the Galerie New Image will feature artworks from his most well-known series: the figure paintings and the flower series. The traditional Chinese iconography and ink painting technique find new light in Mr. Du's works, reopening the discourse about preservation of local cultural and artistic heritage.
Contrasting Souls is intended to create a dialogue between his conservative attitude and his new inspiration. In the series of dramatic figures exhibited, the paintings and brushwork are combined with the expression of western oil painting, making the characters like full of flames, under the visible influence of Vincent Van Gogh and Salvador Dali.
In the flower and bird paintings, likewise, a meaningful and eternal symbol in the Chinese culture like the lotus flower, the emblem of light and holiness in Buddhism, is represented in a pioneering way, with splashes of colours, unrealistic chromatic schemes and the stamen shining like a meteor that only appears in a dream.
JUNLI DU Pseudonym FoShi (佛石 ), XingYun (星雲)
Born in 1963 in Lintong, Shaanxi Province, Junli Du lives and works in Xi'an, one of the oldest cities in China. Son of a well-known folk Qinqiang artist (is the representative Northern folk Chinese opera), in his teenage, Mr. Du had solid practice in Western painting. However, he always insisted on studying Chinese painting and its theory, graduating eventually at Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts with a major in flower and bird painting.
He is now
Professor of Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts, researching and teaching in Chinese ink paintings.
Dean of Xi’an Quintessence Art Academies Galleries.
Director of International Cultural and Art Exchange Center of Xi'an ArtistsAssociation.
1. Celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts, Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts, 2009.
2. Shaanxi Chinese Painting Pieces Exhibition, Shaanxi Province Flower, and Bird Painting Research Association - Xi'an Ziguangge Art Museum, 2010.
3. Daming Palace calligraphy and seal cutting famous invitation exhibition and art forum activities, Shaanxi Daming Palace Relics Protection Foundation - Xi'an Chinese Calligraphy Art Museum, 2011.
4. Shaanxi province to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, the Shaanxi provincial cultural hall - Shaanxi provincial literature and art federation, 2014.
5. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the right of the cross-strait academic symposium and cultural relics exhibition venue, Chinese Yu Youren Calligraphy Research Association, 2014.
6. Junli Du: "The Quintessence Of China", Tsinghua University Art Education Center, 2015.
1. The "Lotus" won "Brilliant achievements in Western China art exhibition" gold award.
2. Atmosphere (清气) won 1st Prize at Shaanxi Chinese Painting Pieces Exhibition, Shaanxi Province Flower, and Bird Painting Research Association - Xi'an Ziguangge Art Museum, 2010.
3. "The Pond in Autumn" (秋塘) won 3rd Prize at Daming Palace calligraphy and seal cutting famous invitation exhibition and art forum activities, Shaanxi Daming Palace Relics Protection Foundation - Xi'an Chinese Calligraphy Art Museum, 2011.
4. "Gazing Afar China" (望大陆) won Golden Prize at To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the right of the cross-strait academic symposium and cultural relics exhibition venue, Chinese Yu Youren Calligraphy Research Association, 2014.
Contrasting Souls is creating a dialogue between the FIGURE PAINTINGS and the FLOWER AND BIRD PAINTINGS.
The FIGURE PAINTINGS in the exhibition belong to both：
1. The quintessence of Chinese Qin Opera Culture
2. Series of Zen Buddhism
Among the remarkable works of Mr. Du, it’s important to point out his engagement in the preservation of local cultural and artistic heritage through the representation of local Opera characters.
In the series of dramatic figures, his paintings and brushwork are combined with the expression of western oil painting. Characters are like full of flames. The artist also said in the interview that his work was influenced by some Western masters, like Vincent Van Gogh and Dali.
The FLOWER AND BIRDS PAINTINGS belong to both：
1. Series of Traditional Chinese Realistic Flower and Bird Painting
2. Series of Freehand Brushwork In Traditional Chinese Painting
The lotus flower rendition is a perfect synthesis of Mr. Du’s works: a meaningful and eternal symbol in the Chinese culture is represented in a pioneering way, with splashes of colors and unrealistic chromatic schemes.
The lotus is a symbol of light and holiness in Buddhism and the lotus throne is a special throne for Buddha. In his works, the stamen of the lotus flower is shining like a meteor that only appears in a dream.
Allocation of funds
Our Total Budget is 3000 euros and we've already funded 2700 euros by sponsorship
Our venue expense is 1200 euros, we still need the budget to cover other expense.