Qiu Jie, the Artist Storyteller

In the black-and-white lead pencil drawings he’s best known for creating, Chinese artist Qiu Jie assumes the role of a novelist to compose a story from his source materials, like newspapers, magazines, photographs, and advertisements. “Each art piece is like a novel,” he says. “At the beginning, I have one idea and then I add meaning to it—I add characters, I create a story,” a process that often takes months of research to construct a detailed narrative. “If there is a white space between two parts of the drawing, it can take months to find a solution, a narrative bridge,” he says. In Qiu Jie’s new solo exhibition at Art Plural Gallery in Singapore, his stories combine the history of Chinese society with contemporary Western popular culture, bridging cultures and styles. “For me, it is funny to juxtapose a revolutionary figure to a naked woman. It is a way to provoke the other side, the side of people who look at art.”

Qiu Jie’s solo exhibition is on view at Art Plural Gallery from September 13th through October 26th, 2013.