Yue Minjun, ‘Brushstroke Detail (exterior); Signature Face (interior)’, ART CAPSUL
Yue Minjun, ‘Brushstroke Detail (exterior); Signature Face (interior)’, ART CAPSUL
Yue Minjun, ‘Brushstroke Detail (exterior); Signature Face (interior)’, ART CAPSUL
Yue Minjun, ‘Brushstroke Detail (exterior); Signature Face (interior)’, ART CAPSUL
Yue Minjun, ‘Brushstroke Detail (exterior); Signature Face (interior)’, ART CAPSUL
Yue Minjun, ‘Brushstroke Detail (exterior); Signature Face (interior)’, ART CAPSUL

For ART CAPSUL, Minjun conceived of a garment inspired by the brushstrokes of one of his recent paintings depicting a stone cold expression. An eerie face emerges from a scene of lines, recalling drought lines in land that has been long devoid of water. The hooded long jacket is somewhere between grim reaper and contemporary street cape, and its reminiscent of traditional Chinese long jackets. The garment was custom printed onto duchess satin, 100% silk, hand treated, and depicts the head in a half-step repeat pattern on the interior lining, with the lined brushstrokes on the exterior, which can also be worn reversibly.

Known as one of the most iconic artists working today in China, Yue Minjun is most known for his self-portraits featuring himself in various stages of revelry, debauchery, excess, and mutations- exaggerating polarities in the expression of his faces with giant tooth or stone cold lifeless expressions.

About Yue Minjun

In his oil paintings, Yue Minjun often inserts himself in iconic moments in art history, painting exaggerated self-portrait figures in candy colors. The figures bear wide smiles with gaping mouths as they enact poses from the works of Caravaggio and other artists from the Western canon. Transforming himself into an icon, the artist has said, “was not meant as a self-portrait in its traditional sense, but something more like a movie star acting in different roles.” Surrealism was an early influence on Yue, who shot to the top of an explosive Chinese contemporary scene as a member of the Cynical Realist movement, his serious political criticism and social commentary hidden behind the mask of his smiling faces. In another series, Yue turned his practice on its head, recreating famous Western and Chinese socialist paintings as empty settings with their subjects removed.

Chinese, b. 1962, Heilongjiang Province, China, based in Beijing, China