Some might see Art as a constant innovative process, an endless evolution seizing the latest trends of a fast moving environment… Wu Jianjun goes in the opposite direction. He is painting what doesn’t change, what has always been and what will always be as long as human exist.
The bodies painted by Wu Jianjun are not represented in a realistic way, they are bodies out of time: the bodies of mankind. There is no skin in these bodies, but only the tensions of the flesh. A force inhabits these incandescent carcasses and the colors used by the artist operate as a thermal camera highlighting the fire inside of them.
Wu Jianjun art is never illustrative or narrative. It requires no interpretation, no understanding. His works are meant to be feel, they don’t appeal to our intellect but they embrace our animality. Faces and figures appear from the green background and directly strike us. They aim at our heart, they aim at our guts, and they aim at our nervous system.
Sometimes disturbing, they carry an undoubtable truth that we don’t see with our eyes but perceive with our instinct. There is nothing hidden, no magnified beauty to seek, just the plain truth of human existence as it is, with its hardness but also its grace, that transpierces the canvas and the audience.
Wu Jianjun cannot be reattached to any trend, his works will echo the same truth enclosed in the canvas as long as man will be.
Born in Sichuan in 1966, Wu Jianjun is living and working in Chengdu. His works have been exhibited in Europe and Asia and are featured in important private collections.