DUAN Jianyu

Born 1970, Zhengzhou, China
Lives and works in Guangzhou, China

Duan Jianyu's large-scale paintings present incongruous scenarios drawing on a wide range of sources from Western art history, classical Chinese painting, and imagery of traditional rural life. Her paintings parody a masculine, colonialist vision through erotically charged imagery and humour. In works such as her recent 'Sharp, Sharp, Smart' series she uses a faux-naïve style that suggests both Revolutionary Realism and the French Barbizon school, to portray rural peasant women carrying giant geese with snaking, phallic necks. Her references to these diverse styles intimate the reception and interpretation of European modernist ideas in China following the Cultural Revolution. It also reflects the imbalances that occur between urban and rural, tradition and modernity in a society that continues to undergo enormous change.

GOMA LEVEL 3

Gallery 3.3

DUAN Jianyu, Sharp, Sharp, Smart No.3 (from ‘Sharp, Sharp, Smart’ series) 2014

DUAN Jianyu / China b. 1970 / Sharp, Sharp, Smart No.3 (from ‘Sharp, Sharp, Smart’ series) 2014 / Oil on canvas / 181 x 217cm / Image courtesy the artist and Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou.

DUAN Jianyu, Sharp, Sharp Smart No.5  2014

DUAN Jianyu / China b.1970 / Sharp, Sharp Smart No.5 (from ‘Sharp, Sharp, Smart’ series) 2014 / Oil on canvas 110 x 170cm / Image courtesy the artist and Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou.

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