Khaleej Times Interview with Fu Wenjun: Art Comes from Life
1) What inspired you to create the genre of Digital Pictorial Photography?
In China, predominated by the government system, for a long time photography has been guided as a tool to record the reality and to tell the stories. This mainstream idea has ignored photography’s huge creative potential which is born with. The space for Chinese contemporary art photography to grow up is squeezed. Now there are just a few professional artists who still insist on the road of exploring art photography, especially who aims at creatively developing it based on the continuation of Chinese culture and art.
I always focus my art creation with the media of photography and I feel confused about this situation. But I never chose to follow the mainstream. Digital Pictorial Photography is a new art photography style I propose. Multi-spot perspective, shading created by ink and water, rhythmic vitality filled with human emotion and spirit are just some characteristics of Chinese traditional painting. Usually the photography based on the optics cannot produce these effects. And I apply them in my photography art creation, as a result the space relation and color relation are reconstructed, which afford more for thought the ideas conveyed in the images, not just the outstanding pictorial intensity and beauty.
I think Dubai shares some similarities with Shanghai, in regards to its fast economic development and blsossming art scene. This will absolutly provide wider public great chance to get close to the art. Art comes from life and is a part of life. It is a symbol of beauty. Everyone has the rights to appreciate beautiful things.
3) How far has your work been influenced by Chinese culture and traditions?
Influenced by my faterh, who has been keen on Chinese traditional art and culture,when I was a young teenger, I read a lot of Chinese classics and was able to skillfully master the Chinese traditional painting and calligraphy. Then I was deeply influenced by Western art when I studied at Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, where I majored in oil painting. I think, for these reseaons, I have been exploring a new photography art style, in which Chinese art and Western oil painting can meet and stay in a harmonius way. So the Digital Pictorial Photography was born.
Digital Pictorial Photography not only integrate some aethetic features of Chinese art, but to me more important is that it provides me a great freedom, helping me to get rid of the objective recording function of photography, Because I believes it is a limit for photography to develop as an art. So, I can boldly melt pictorial elements into photography, creating in a way something like Chinese traditional freehand brushwork, heartily and carrying through without stopping to express artist’s emotions, reflection, concepts and spirit.
4) How would you describe your artistic philosophy?
5) Art, like music, has been known to transcend barriers of culture and race and bring people together. What are your thoughts on this?