Fighting for Painting
In one’s life you might have chances to come upon such persons who are always filled with enthusiasm braving valiantly forward to deal with their life decorated by vast variations like a warrior with no fear. Probably Lu Yuan might deserve to be entitled to be such a warrior.
His works look just like himself, being fierce, vivid and unrestrained. The over 20 pieces of his recent works exhibited seemed to be the victory of a fighter, or it seemed again to be an utopia of a person keeping an uncommunicative and eccentric taste. The tableaus show brilliant colors while their contents are filled with humorous ridicules.
Among them in those pieces of The Warring Series, their main appeals resort to taking the masculine zeal to narrate the warring spectacles; yet due to the artist’s personal working styles in painting are mixed with his own characters of wild merriness and amusement, then the rigid and solemn motif is masked and dissimilated by a pervasive POP flavor. In the paintings, soldiers are fighting violently to have the highland occupied one piece after another and have been fighting skirmishes with unpredictable results and dashing towards and into deserted wilderness; even there we have not seen such scenes such as the bloody, killing and hand-to-hand combats. What we have seen include only those similar scenes perceived by the majority of other people holding individualistic heroism and those optimists, there we could see the charging trumpets and batches of the triumphant fighters shouting boiling hurrahs for victories; sometimes even these scenes are decorated with angels flying to the brave fighters to cheer them up. These idealistic warring scenes, to its opposite, have exaggerated the contrast of the theme thus giving us such a self-reflection in the mind. Signs of sexual consciousness hidden in them might induce some clues to ‘hormonal movement’ so as to enrich more their humoristic morals and make the process be led up to meaningful afterthoughts. By looking at paintings made by Lu Yuan, would you refrain yourself from ruminating the thought-provoking morals hidden in them?
The lovely freshness of The Life Series led people, at the first glance, on the contrary, to leave far away the smoke of the battlefield. The topic of femininity let people relax to pleasure. Characters showing their presence in paintings are enjoying the summer sunshine or are tasting solitude and freedom, or idling in a small room to make endless day dreams. The clean tableau, matched by faint cicada singings let one roam light-heartedly just a little maid of the next-door neighbor idling away her days. This might be the real idealistic life of the artist! Those we might come up are mostly senseless, none-or-less living creatures. It is a rare one like Lu Yuan to embrace a kid’s purity, with a heart being still filled with a fighter’s enthusiasm even though facing a gloomy life in this human world; he is really a rarity. All right, continue to go forward, you brave fighter, to fight for living; to fight for painting!
Lu Yuan is going to put on an exhibition. 20 years ago, he had studied in our school, and I had taught him there, therefore, it comes natural to me to write a few words for him.
Among the works entitled The Life Series, Salute to the blue sky, Half Flames and Half Sea Water, Armor 1943 etc. as well as the batch of his works produced in the recent years, all possess considerably strong visual tension. Images in the paintings are rendered into animated cartoons; relationship or filiation in coloration are handled in the simplified but clarified way so as to have the degree of purities and contrast much augmented so as to make them be filled with sentimental delight of decoration; let alone that occasionally at intervals being inserted with fantasies and humor. As a whole, his paintings have possessed visages of the contemporary era. To me, to say the truth, being a conservative senile person, really I am rather ignorant to modern fashions superimposed on embracing little concerns to those pioneer and conceptual works. Nevertheless, it should be said here that picture composition, coloration as well as sense of interest in Lu Yuan’s works have carried on the aesthetic tradition. Resorting to this point, my comments here have depicted my own comprehension to the tradition!
Certainly way of art confronting Lu Yuan is long and distant; fortunately Lu Yuan holds a youthful heart as well as unexhausted inspiration; I have full confidence in him that he will stride on it well !
Huang A-Zhong, Professor of College of Art, Shanghai University
Early since childhood, painting or drawing has been an important playmate of mine; once I had begun to be engaged in it, I had my interest been completely absorbed in it. Even though my skill of drawing was very poor with ugly products, but all these had not discouraged me and prevented from loving it. Then at that time, aside from my interest being detracted by very delicious edibles, all the toys and games attracting attentions of other children had offered me any devotions to them. Simply because of this, my ignorant and muddle-headed childhood subsided silently and untraceably amidst the rustling sound of my painting brushes.
Later on, following a rational line, I was enrolled by the art institution where I was offered the excellent opportunity to have my dream of becoming an artist completed.
With the rapid accumulation of the capital market, the only backbone supporting the thought of pure art in my mind was completely suppressed to collapse; the risk of survival and existence often had been pressing me to roam outside the circle of art. After feeling lost with a mental perplexity through struggles, passively and reluctantly I began to be waved into the sea of commerce. Nevertheless, how could a man embracing a complex of great mountains and rivers in his heart be placed in metropolitan cities to be blended together and linked up with the phenomena of concrete-steel castle-like buildings, let alone that people are working their own way despite of facing one another! Then, in order to cope with the situation and comply with people’s inspiration, I was eliminated to the great Gobi desert far away from disputes. However, after being rendered awake and, I began to repent and became clear in mind that I could only have one thing to be accomplished in my life, it is better to go on painting. Due to the fact that art had been something for long fused in my blood, my blood could boil only for it. Should I die on the battlefield, I must belong to one of those fighters holding stones and tree twigs with their hands. Ultimately I proceeded without any hesitation to have my“home-return”!
After such a complicated turnover and with a careful consideration, only painting was the only way to calm me and sooth me. Whenever there had been heavy duties making me desperately exhausted, only by painting could have me dragged out of the muddy mire with all the troubles and sophistications thrown away. To the winds, of course, life will bring an inclusion of multitude, there is sweet dews, there must also be bitterness; so it is with painting art; it is by no means, all delighting and satisfying. Yet there are those who are working in this art but groaning about “distress and agony”, that means a real distress or even an actual pain! Such an affectation and sham doing is absolutely not a fun.
Lu Yuan 7, 2009
Lu Yuan ( Former name used: Lu Yebing)
He was born in Shanghai. He was graduated from the College of Art, Shanghai University, following Mr. Huang A-Zhong, prestigious master artist in Shanghai
1997 Contemporary Oil Paintings Exhibition sponsored by Vienna STAR Magazine of Art
1997 Form of Cooperative Exhibition, Group Exhibition in Paris, France
1997 Group Exhibition in Babachiu Gallery in Paris, France
1998 Nice Landscape Exhibition in France
1999 Group Exhibition at Peng Binghui Art Center in Singapore
2002 Gebitze Oil Paintings Exhibition in Russia
2006 Shanghai Art Expo
2008 Dalian International Art Expo
2009 Fine Arts College of Shanghai University, 99 Creative Center
His works in Early Period were published in the Periodical of Art<Horn> in France
His works were collected and preserved by enterprises and individual collectors of Hong Kong (China), France, Luxemberg, Japan and Germany
The series works Yunnan Impressions were collected by Mr. Liu Luanhong, General Manager of Lifestyle International Holdings,Ltd.
Synapses presented down in below are quotations from The Horn Periodical of France in 1997
His oil paintings show great vivacity in expression with brilliant and bright colors, especially his artistic creations produced in the recent years revealed a further shift from past realistic style of factualism towards that of impressionism. In his creative works, it seemed that the artist was following his bent or inclination, sometimes even appearing to be undisciplined or rather care-free, yet, actually the whole thing was controlled in good orders by his hands. The tableau of each piece has brought radiating inspirations of pleasure to the visual sense of all the spectators.