Untitled, 2017
oil paintings on canvas
48″ x 60″


Untitled, 2017
oil paintings on canvas
48″ x 60″

Bio:
Manyu Gao’s paintings are characterized by their captivating combination of figurative depiction and dreamlike quality. Personal memories and experiences are inspirations for her works. As part of the generation under Chinese One-Child Policy, Manyu uses figurative techniques to depict an Asian young woman as her main character in the story of loneliness. With her professional basketball experiences, energetic brushworks are adopted to create an uncanny tension for the environment in her painting. She is trying to develop a language that embraces multifarious manifestations; meanwhile, her careful technique is balanced by an ability to express the sense of experimentation in her paintings.

Statement:

I am interested in express my psychological experience in painting and drawing rooted in my background. The subject of my work, which involves using human figure and unstable environments to convey the state of meditation, vulnerability, and loneliness, derives from my background as part of the generation under the One-Child Policy in China. I spent plenty of time being alone growing up alone. Therefore, in my artwork, as the emblematic reflection of the feelings of vulnerability and loneliness, an Asian little girl or young woman has always played the main character of my story. I also played basketball for over ten years. Basketball experiences help me to see all objects as my teammates and the rectangular canvas as the basketball court, where I turn offensive team and defensive team to figure ground relationship. The approaches of drawing and painting will help me to convey my thoughts efficiently through the surrealistic style which provides me with freedom to deliver different notions of time and space in one artwork.


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