Du Yiyao


Title: Rain
Technique: Acrylic on canvas
Year: 2009
Size: 150 x 100 cm
Status: available
Be quiet
Title: Be quiet
Technique: Acrylic on canvas
Year: 2010
Size: 175 x 120 cm
Status: not available
The light series 2 Fan Bingbing
Title: The light series 2 Fan Bingbing
Technique: Acrylic on canvas
Year: 2008
Size: 150 x 150 cm
Status: not available
Chaos series - SARS
Title: Chaos series – SARS
Technique: Acrylic on canv as
Year: 2008
Size: 120 x 160 cm
Status: available


Explanations of the artist on his works

Everything in today’s China, whether it’s politics, the economy or people’s attitudes and desires, is in a transformation process. I was born in the late 80s, in other words, growing up with Coca Cola, Hollywood movies, video games and pop music. My generation is a generation of the single child. We are growing up at a time of Chinese economic recovery and our material wealth is growing by the day. At this time of economic globalization, the influence of Western culture on our traditional Chinese culture is also increasing to an unprecedented degree. We live in a time of flood of images, you can get a lot of information very quickly through TV, internet, magazines and posters. In this world of images, artists can easily draw their inspiration from various media sources. lch believe that the core of today’s painting lies in the decomposition and reinterpretation of different pictorial cultures.

Global Media World & Movie Stars

This subject has been occupying me for two years. Journals are a medium of cultures. They are closely related to people, you can find them everywhere.

They reflect the numerous human-worldly problems and are the most popular and mass-rich reading medium. I have subjectively compiled various magazine covers and try to present them to the viewer in a cool, objective way. The compilation of these seemingly incoherent “cultural phenomena” evokes great visual disturbances and contrasts. It’s a branch of chaos. In the pictures of the portraits of Chinese film stars, I have inserted shiny elements and try to convey the impression of temporal transience and fast-pacedness. They are like shadows in the water. Through the outward beauty I tried to represent the impatience and lies of our Chinese consumer society, the longing for material wealth and the emptiness in people’s hearts and souls.

Rhythm of the Water

In order to get the desired motifs, I photographed the swimming pool very often. Then I simplified the image with a procedure in which I removed superfluous details and shades of grey, as with printing technology. My water pictures are determined by the changing points and lines that testify to the light and rhythm of the water and by the lonely people who drift aimlessly on the water. Perhaps it is because of my own nature that I prefer to represent loneliness and calmness. In any case, I hope that the over-stimulation in which we live today will make this series stop people and stimulate their imagination.

Revolution, “Ideals and Love”

I came to the template for this picture rather by chance. I found an old photo that touched me because I recognized in it the desire for ideals and for love that people had at the time of the revolution. Like “Beidai River”, this image focuses on the representation of the atmosphere and the subjective feeling.


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