ARTIST FOCUS 115 – YE HONGXING – 叶红杏

This weeks artist focus interview we have the sublime artist: Ye Hongxing. Born in Guangxi in 1972 and then in 1995 graduated from The Art Department of Educational Academy in Guilin. Furthermore; in 1998 she graduated from The Printing Department, Central Fine Art Academy in Beijing. Her work is outstanding in my eyes, a real credit to the commitment of integrity for any artist. The intricate detailing is very admirable. Like many of the artists we interview throughout this series; photos never truly do their work justice. The time to source these materials and then have the accuracy and imagination to put together such wonders really is outstanding. Please take the time to read and look through her work and her socials, as ever please leave a comment and share if you wish. Stay safe everyone and have a wonderful week!

Who are your favourite artists? What makes them stand out to you? 

My favorite artist is Louise Bourgeois and her works are powerful in exploring and showing the properties of the materials, especially when dealing with the opposite properties, such as brightness and darkness, roughness and smoothness, masculinity and feminine…And she also expands people’s understanding of the ideas of materials, forms, space and others during artistic creations.

What is the process for your paintings? 

During different stages of my artistic creation, the process are different. As for the current stage of taking stickers as materials, first of all, it will be the conception of the work, due to the symbolic features of stickers, I tend to pay more attention to the volume of information conveyed in terms of the contents, as well as the expression of metaphors and symbols. So there will be some presets for the canvas construction and pattern presentation. I will make a sketch on the computer to see the effect first, and then complete it with stickers on the canvas. In the process of sticking the stickers, there will usually be some new, unexpected and uncertain visual effects. I will choose to keep these unexpected effects, instead of strictly following the presets.

Thangka NO.6 120x120cm 2014

 

Jungle NO.12 200x450cm 2017

What is your preferred medium you use?

I enjoy visiting various grocery markets and little commodity markets to seek for all kinds of interesting materials. And there are no standards, it is all about my feelings. At present, my favorite materials are stickers, the colorfulness, symbols, rich information and the sense of fragmentation of stickers all match the meanings conveyed by my works.

What is your opinion on the art market at the moment? Do you find it a challenging industry? What do you like about it? What do you dislike?

I think the arts market is something commercial, so it is more about business. Even as a part of it, the quality of the market does not seem to have much to do with the individual artists. Artists should focus more on their creations. Only good works can be accepted by the market. My works are sold in the arts market through galleries, on which I make a living. Of course I like it, but more importantly, my works can be loved and collected by others, recognition matters more to me. As for the arts market, I always hold the opinion of letting the things happen, so I can’t name anything that I don’t like in detail. And I will not pay much attention to those I can’t control.

The Accumulation of Silence NO.20 2017 150x150cm

 

 

 

Do you have any advice for artists wanting to be represented by galleries or any advice for any one beginning their art career?

I think firstly we need to try our best on the works and develop a relatively mature personal style. And then when choosing the cooperative galleries, we need to recognize each other and have consistent tastes and ideas, so as to achieve a certain chemistry and smooth communication. However, better cooperation requires much adjustment and mutual understanding during the process of cooperation.

Did you study at art school? If not, where did you study and what?

I graduated from the Print Department of the Central Academy of fine arts of China.

What inspires you in your work?

My inspiration usually comes from my daily life and surroundings. popular elements, traditional cultures, religious arts, and the lost feelings brought by the expansion and proliferation of goods and information. These can all be found in my works.

Supernovas NO.3 120x120cm 2020

How do you manoeuvre through your industry?

I think the key is to keep continuous creativity. In order to achieve that, you need to have a keen observation on the current social realities, curiosity and attention on new technologies and new materials. And you need to challenge and think about your arts, or even to subvert them.

Do you have a routine on a day to day?

I usually get up at noon every day, and after making myself simple brunch, I will start my work in the afternoon in my studio. Normally I will really get the mood of working until the dusk and that will last to the evening. I enjoy working in the evening.

 

Dream World NO.24 120x160cm 2014

 

 

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