Developing from the cityscape paintings of his earlier career which were pervaded with
an atmosphere of intense mysticism, Du Kun has advanced towards a method of
expression that makes use of allegories from religious aspects and contemporary social
Mizuma, Kips & Wada Art is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by Du Kun entitled “Sights of the Mount Sumeru”, beginning on Friday, April 26th.
Kun started painting under his father’s influence at the age of four, eventually graduating from Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing with a major in Painting. Today, he lives and works in Tianjin, and is renowned worldwide for his brilliant, innovative techniques.
Developing from the mystical, atmospheric cityscape paintings of his earlier career, Du Kun has advanced towards a method of expression that melds religious allegories with social critique, provoking reflections on the larger impact of the human condition. Du Kun has worked on his new series, “Revels of the Rock Gods” since 2014. Also a musician, Kun imbues his creative process with a fusion of rock ‘n’ roll stars, traditional Chinese architecture, and cultural mythology – fusing the iconography of modern music “idols” with “idols” found in traditional temples. At once contradictory and evocative, these motifs create a thoughtful, generative tension, prodding viewers to question their ideological allegiances.
In this exhibition, Kun will show a suite of new pieces. The exhibition’s title references Mount Sumeru, both a Hindu and a Buddhist mythological mainstay. According to legend, it is believed that there are three thousand different worlds, and Mount Sumeru sits at the center, surrounded by the eight seas and eight mountains where heaven, hell, and the mortal world coexist. In “Sights”, Du Kun envisions the modern musical milieu of Mount Sumeru. He has placed his beloved titans of music at the helm of human spirituality.
We warmly invite you to view Du Kun’s constantly evolving works.
Wednesday, April 26th - Saturday, May 26th 2019 (Closed Mondays & Tuesdays) Mizuma, Kips & Wada Art 324 Grand St. New York, NY 10002 ([email protected])