Today we’d like to introduce you to Qiurui (Paul) Du.
Qiurui, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
To begin with, my innate talent and career as an artist began long ago. For instance, I was fascinated with the idea of creating an imaginary world since I was a child. My mother always brought me to her art studio after school every day. For me, the studio is like a place where is full of treasures. I always used the materials in the studio to build my own world. I put cotton on the floor as clouds, wore the dress I made, and pretended I was like a dancing goddess.
For some time now, I have been involved heavily in art. Therefore, I can comfortably describe myself as a creative spirit. I traveled around the world and went to more than 20 countries after high school and hoped that I could find out the meaning of my life. This experience opened my eyes and made me rethink what art is.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My childhood memory is blurry and mysterious because many details are gone with time. Beijing is my hometown, but sometimes I feel it’s slowly becoming a different city.
Whenever my mom had to travel to other places, she always liked to bring me with her. I had a great opportunity to see the world with my own eyes. However, as an introverted person, books and films became my best friends when I was young. I built an imagined world around myself, and those Chinese pop culture made my childhood colorful. No matter where I am, Beijing still has a special place in my heart. The speed of the development in China is really fast. Whenever I go back to Beijing, new skyscrapers have been built, and old Hutongs haven’t been torn down. When everyone uses WeChat (an App) to pay for everything, I don’t even know how to use it. Then I realized that my hometown has changed, and the memories of my childhood there could only live in my heart. In my artwork, to make me connect with Beijing again, I have explored my childhood memories with the particular attention to the social conflict and Chinese pop culture that was influenced by China’s tremendous development. China changes every day, it’s too fast, and it’s hard to catch up with the changes. The disconnection between myself and Chinese society made me think about the question, is Beijing the one changed or is me? China is a strange land; it’s old and new, westernized but still traditional. Sometimes nothing makes sense in nowadays Chinese society. Looking back; my childhood is the most bizarre dream I’ve ever had. In my work, I deconstruct my inner fears, the impact of Chinese culture, and my adult life. My subject matter also is inspired by my surroundings as well as daily experiences of my childhood to address the social issues, such as environmental problems, the conflict between poor and rich, and the traditional Chinese lifestyle in modern Chinese society. It’s so real but yet so dreamy; Maybe my childhood is a combination of reality and my fantasy, and I’m a dreamer who dreams in a bizarre world.
Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
I think now it’s easier to be an artist nowadays. Because of the development of technology and the internet. Artists have more ways to sell and promote their artwork. I think more public art programs and group shows can help more artists.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I had a solo exhibition in Van De Plas gallery (New York City) in May 2018, and I’m also going to have a group show in October in Able Fine Art Gallery (New York City). I still prefer people to see my artwork in a gallery space. But still, people can see my artwork on my Instagram qiuruidu, and my website duqiurui.com. Now I’m working on silkscreen prints. I transformed my original paintings into silkscreen prints, so people can collect my artwork at an affordable price.
- Website: www.duqiurui.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/qiuruidu/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/duqiurui/