LI PENG  李淜

b. 1975  Chinese

 

 

 

 

 

 

Li Peng graduated from the Fine Arts Department of Jiangxi Normal University with a Bachelor's degree in 1998 and graduated from the Oil Painting Department of Shanghai University in 2008 with a Master's degree; he has been working at the Shanghai Oil Painting and Sculpture Institute since 2008.

创作中的绘画素材来源于广泛开阔的社会、历史、政治、人文、日常景观中,但并不拘囿于对素材的单纯的照搬,通常会对原始素材在搬上画布之前进行修剪,截取,重排有时甚至篡改。通过选择性地重建图像元素,剥离其真实的的客观属性,从而通往某种“失真”,在其中灰蒙,通透,幽闭,且闪烁着记忆的光晕。

在绘制过程中,选择运用的色彩比较少且中性,进而将有限的色彩和窄跨度的色阶形成一种低限的、弱对比的绘画空间,并从中找到画面中色彩的合适力度,但是色彩从来不会占据领衔地位,它们只是服务于内容。凭借颜料与笔合谋的踪迹,将这些琐碎的、匿名的、无声的图像呈现于画布。这颜料与笔的踪迹,或锐利如刀锋,或粗砺如磐石,以期使画面在绘制过程中与所描绘的素材图像保持疏离感,并铺陈绘画的特质,来构成绘画背后的隐匿领域。这隐匿的领域则是由绘画素材的后台的言说、姿态和实践所构成,且在画面背后努力创造并维持一个自主的社会空间与精神实践。

 

The subjects in my paintings are drawn from a wide range of social, historical, political, human and everyday landscapes. However, I do not confine my work to the mere reproduction of material, I usually trim, intercept, rearrange and sometimes alter the original material before putting it on the canvas. I do this by selectively reconstructing the elements of the image, stripping them of their true objective properties, thus leading to a certain 'distortion' that is grey, translucent, claustrophobic and shimmering with the glow of memory.

 

In the process of painting, I have chosen to use fewer and more neutral colours, thus creating a low limit, low contrast painting space with a limited number of colours and a narrow span of shades, from which I find the right intensity of colour in the picture. Colours never take the lead, they only serve the content. These trivial, anonymous, silent images are rendered on the canvas by the conspiratorial trace of paint and brush. The traces of paint and brush, either sharp as a blade or rough as a rock, are intended to keep the image detached from the subject depicted during the painting process and to lay out the qualities of the painting in order to constitute the hidden realm behind it. This hidden realm is made up of the words, gestures and practices in the background of the painted material, and the effort to create and maintain an autonomous social space and spiritual practice behind the images.

 

————李淜《我的绘画》   Li Peng : My Paintings