Lives and Works: Beijing
Chen Duxi was born in China in 1983. He holds a B.A. in Painting from Chengdu Academy of Fine Arts in China. He attended a Master Class at Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 2008. Currently he lives and works in Beijing, China.
Chen Duxi’s recent major exhibitions include: "Le tambour au reveil du printemps" (2017, Musee du Nouvel Institut Franco-Chinois, Lyon, Franve, solo); "Two Sides of A Coin" (2016, Gallery 55, Shanghai, solo); "Etre et ne pas etre" (2016, Art 8 in Beijing, China); "Pecheur solitaire" (2015, Art 8 in Beijing, China, solo); "Confronting Anitya - An Oriental Experience in Contemporary Art" (2014, Yuandian Art Museum in Beijing, China / MoMA in Bonn, Germany); "Memo" (2013, White Space in Beijing, China); "The Time Being Kept" (2010, Art Commune in Hong Kong); etc.
Water is an important symbol of culture in Chinese tradition. Under Chen Duxi’s brush, it is an exploration and continuity of agreement between water and body. "chi yi" (focus on serenity) is a series of creation Chen has long practiced about water. His experience of observing water comes partly from hearing, the observation of the rhythm and the change of speed of the water.
The main body of "chi yi" is a fisherman, which has a very special symbolic meaning in Chinese traditional cultural context. As a profession, fisherman remains long time in the water and has an unique observation of it. In his practice of painting, Chen tries to turn himself into a fisherman who was shaking oars, confronting the flow of water with his brush, exploring the tension between the picture and the body in advancement and rheology. The superimposed of relationship between layers of the dynamic and the static is the core of creation Chen has comes to realization. Apart from the order of movement of penmanship, the rotation of water steam also needs to be traced through the brush and ink. Viewers could appreciate the rhythm of brush works from observing the painting. The changes of internal root cause of various forms of water flow make the brush/ink and water flow reach a wonderful state.
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