Liu Jianming

Artist

Liu Jianming, born in Jiangxi Province in 1989, currently working and living in Chongqing. Graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, China West Normal University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree. He got master degree from the Oil Painting Department of Sichuan Fine Arts in 2015. In China, he is good at presenting historical landscapes and current narrative themes from a micro perspective, which has the characteristics of realism. While in the Netherlands, this sense of history and social reality are suddenly pulled away and broken. As a narrative artist, his social role is suddenly changed. What should he care about and what should he express? Liu groped towards a more microscopic and abstract direction. He depicted the things he cared about most now in a realistic way, like the way of daily record. At the same time, he abstracted the picture in a completely opposite direction, and the memory, sociality and sense of responsibility after the vacuum was removed were transformed into the picture of abstract accumulation. These two echoes form a sense of contradiction and humor, which is essentially the same as the social reality narration before him. The memories of color, chaos, crowding and pressure, which are abstracted, seem to be far away, but they are more like memories with a sense of distance. Liu won 2016 John Moores Painting Prize and 2015 New star art award.

刘建明

刘建明1989年出生于江西,现工作和生活于重庆。2011年毕业于西华师范大学美术学院获学士学位,2015年毕业于四川美术馆学院油画系获艺术学硕士。刘建明在国内时擅长从微观的角度表现历史景观和当下叙事题材,具有社会写实的特点。到了荷兰,这种历史感和社会现实感突然发生了抽离和断裂,这是一件很有意思的事情,作为一个叙事型的艺术家,他的社会角色突然发生了转换,他该关心什么,他该表达什么?艺术家朝着更微观和抽象化的方向去摸索,他用写实的手法描绘他在这个时间节点最关心的事物,类似日常记载的方式,同时他又完全朝着完全相反的方向把画面抽象化,那些真空抽离后的记忆、社会性、责任感转化为抽象堆积的画面。两者呼应形成了一种矛盾和诙谐感,本质上和他之前的社会现实叙事并无区别,那些色彩、混沌、拥挤,压力,化作抽象化的记忆,似乎遥远,但刻骨存在,它更像是有距离感的回忆沉积。刘建明获得2015年新星星艺术奖和2016年约翰·莫尔艺术奖。