A World for Real or A World of DreamInterview of FangHeInterviewer : WuQinInterviewee : FangHeTime : Aug 2007Place : Hanmo Art GalleryEdit: WuQin FangHeTranslator: WuQin FangHe YuLiToday, FangHe is one of the characteristic artists, like the artists she appreciates. Her works are aesthetic but filled with imaginationHer expressions are subtle but set people think speculatively. In the modern complicated art world, FangHe is the one who can stick to her art pursuit, and learn knowledge constantly to make progress. Her art brings magic colour to our ordinary life, bring mysterious images to our insipid days; her art unveils confusions and gives us the joy of beauty and the comfort for real.WuQin: Chinese art and Western art, which gives you more influence?FangHe: Western art influencs me more. I started to enjoy and appreciate Chinese ancient art after I went to Shanghai Museum and Suzhou Museum in1996. After having appreciated a large number of Chinese ancient art works in museums, had I began to comprehend the charm of them. Since then I began to enjoy and appreciate Chinese traditional art. Compare to that, I have been connected to Western Art much earlier. I am interested in Leonardo da Vinci's works, since I was a junior school student. I tried my best to read impressionisms work when I studied in art and craft school. Same as Paul Cezanne, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, and so on. Western classical, contemporary art and Chinese ancient art are most learned by myself after I left school.WuQin: Can you talk about your road of art learning?FangHe: My major was sculpture at art and craft school. Learning sculpture need muscle, but I'm too emaciation. Fortunately, I was good at sketch and gouache, as there were many foundation classes in sculpture department. I began creating before graduation, and after that I learned oil painting by myself. At the beginning, I drew on 10x10 cm board. Now the size can be 150x150 cm. I had attended an advanced study at Print Department of China central academy of fine art from 2003 to 2004 . I learned illustration, lithograph technique and mezzotint technique. After that, my sketch and composition were improved. I have been interested in ancient Chinese arts since 1996, like painting, literature and architecture. And began to read books in these aspects, including Chinese painting history and calligraphy history. I practiced six months calligraphy ( mainly official script), and even studied classical zither as well.WuQin: Why some of your works need one year, two years or even longer time to complete?FangHe: Sometimes I really need to paint a very long time. Some because of the need of constantly revise. Some because they are developed from old sketches from several years ago.WuQin: Can you talk about your favorite artists?FangHe: I like Italian painters Piero Della Francesca, Fra Angelico, Giorgio de ChiricoNetherlands painters Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Brueghel, England painters William Blake, France painters: Henri Rousseau, America painters: Andrew Wyeth , Romanian sculptor: C.Brancusi ,Women artist: Georgia okeeffe, Yoko Ono, Fulida kahluo, remedios varo and Leonor fini. I like them because they are the artists with very strong personalities. Their works are aesthetic, full of imagination, and deep. WuQin: Some people think you and Salvador Dali's paintings are very much alike, what's your opinion?FangHe: Dali is an artist who has very strong self-conscious, so am I. In addition, he is one of the most famous surrealistic artists. My paintings reveal the surrealistic atmosphere too. That is why people like to associate my paintings to his works. But I prefer Giorgio de Chirico, Henri Rousseau and Hieronymus Bosch right now. WuQin: Your works have such features: aesthetic, real mix with dreaming. And all the various elements you used in your works have symbolic significance. Such as Cat Floating With Five Elements, what were you considering when you were creating?Mr. Catimitated the traditional portrait of Chinese, but also seems to be different from that. Can you explain? FangHe: The elements I drew in Cat Floating With Five Elementsmainly because they are very beautiful. I tried my best not to put ugly objects into a picture, even they have symbolic meanings. The cubes in the painting are the Platonic Solids, five elements of the West as well. They are: fire, air, earth, water and ether, and different from Chinese five elements, which aroused my interest too. Im trying to give a frescoes effect in this painting. Mr. Catimitated the form of traditional Chinese portrait. It was sketched in line, framed with the ancient book's bounding. As it is Mr. Cat, I also give him a fish necklace for decoration. WuQin: Which period of Chinese calligraphy and painting do you like most? In addition to the techniques learned from traditional Chinese art, do your works have any traditional Chinese themes ?FangHe: The portraits of Tang Dynasty, the flower and bird paintings of Song Dynasty, and landscape of Yuan and Ming Dynasties, all have works I appreciate. I particularly like the paintings and calligraphy of MiFu, calligraphy and poems of Sushi, landscapes of ZhaoMengfu and NiZan, of course, Wang Xizhi's calligraphy. I began to fascinating about Chinese traditional art since late 1990s. And since then some of my works express the thought of Chinese old tradition and culture. Such as womenChinese pavilion seriesCat salute with Chinese traditional wayand so on. The decline and heritage of China's traditional culture, The things has been constrained but also being protected by tradition at the same time, and the destiny they have when facing the influenceofmodern culture These are all the concerns I had. WuQin: There were some changes in youre art after 2004, you have even created some abstract works!FangHe: I went to Cambodia, Italy, Belgium and France from the year 2004. I enjoyed different cultures and appreciated a great deal of original art. I appreciated plenty of Western classical paintings when I traveled in Europe. The Italian Frescoes impressed me most. You can see the evolution process from Frescoes to oil painting in Italy. Frescoes technique is mainly watercolor. The brush strokes are very clear . After the baptism and erosion of the time, the colors reflect the very beauty of ancient and simplicity. Frescoes influences me more in technique after I came back from Europe. My paintings were lack of brush strokes and transparency before, but now I can achieve it. During this period I was desperately reading books, studying English, and trying new techniques and subjects, expanding the space I can express. I'm still trying to open my mind, hope to be able to enrich and broad my expressional field. Besides, using abstract minimalism to express is one goal of mine. Because I believe the highest realm of aesthetic should be nothingness. WuQin: Now, you are familiar with the Western art, also deeply in love with Chinese art, how do you choose between Chinese art and Western art when you create?FangHe: My technique is oil painting, genre mainly is surrealism, and interested in humanism. So, I am very concern about western culture and art, especially renaissance art and the art after that. At the same time, through study the traditional art of China to understand the traditional culture. And further understand the society and the peopleparticularly is the recognition of myself. For the most themes of my works are all based on me, a Chinese female's feeling which about herself and the world around her. I hope through my works, it could make people aware of the existence of individuals, and could drive the Chinese community to pay more attention to individuals.WuQin: How do you look at the Contemporary Artthatisbetween the conflict and fusion ofOriental Art and Western Art? How do you deal with the situation? FangHe: Art is built on economical development. Chinese economy is just start to recover. The recognition of Chinese traditional culture just renewed too. Besides, Chinese opened its door just not long time ago. The integration and conflict with Western culture are at the initial stage. The development of culture is normally slow. It couldn't be impatient for success. However, I am optimistic to the future of Chinese culture, if China could go on opening and developing. I read a brief history of Spanish art earlier before. I'm very interested in a saying which was used to describe the Spanish artists in the period of globalization. Each artist seeks his own personal space, and follows his own individual quest for freedom and personal expression. Spain is a place where Oriental and Western civilizations interchanges, culturally convergences with intensive conflicts. It is a real challenge for Artists to come out with their own form. This is similar to China now.Spanish artists effectively solve the problem, they have the outstanding artists to prove this point. I think if they solved this problem, we could do the same. This is also what I am tring to achieve.
- 北京BeiJing, China
Education1987-1991 Studyed in department of Environmental Art of BeiJing Art and Craft School2003-2004 studyed in print department of China central academy of fine art2004 October studyed Mezzotint from Maurice Pasternak in China central academy of fine art Exhibition1995 Joined the Spring salon exhibition of Beijing Odeum2002 Summer joined exhibition in China central academy of fine art2004 14th July joined the graduated exhibition of print department2004 joined the Mezzotint graduated exhibitionFrom 29 Nov to 10 Dec 2004 join Print Portfolio Exchange Exhibition inTokyo National University Of Fine Art And Music2004 Joined A Colorful World --Round Group Exhibition of Chinese Young Oil Painters2005 Joined Collector's' Exhibition of Hanmo Art Gallery2006 9.3-9.14 Joined New Interface---Landing of the UP Generation in ShangHai Liu Hai Su Art Museum2007 9.9-9.24 Fanghe's solo exhibition of oil painting Hanmo Art Gallery2008 April joined Art Beijing 2008 Contemporary Art Fair2009 April joined Art Beijing 2009 Contemporary Art Fair2009 April joined China International Gallery Exposition 2009Agency2001 October - 2004 May signed contract with The CourtYard Gallery20052007 Signed contract with gallery Hanmo Art Gallery20082010 Signed contract with gallery Hanmo Art Gallery,
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