Fu Wenjun, a Chinese pictorial artist, graduated from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, and he creates principally through the art media of photography, installation, sculpture and oil painting. He has put forward the concept and practice of ‘Digital Pictorial Photography,’ a genre created by Fu Wenjun, representing a photographic art expression working through digital post-processing and multiple exposures. Here we talk to him about Pictorial art and his vision…
1. How was it possible for you to blur the lines between photography and art? Yes, both have physical stimulation of the mind and both convert a portrait of a sort but how did you see the vision between the two?
Every form of art has its own feature and charm. When you go across the border of each form integrating it with others, a new art form will appear. Just like my Digital Pictorial Photography, people can enjoy a multiple art experiences – photography, painting, multimedia art and so on.
- A pictorial exhibition seems very interesting. What is your photo story all about and what can your audience expect from it?
In fact, I do not intend to tell stories in my photography works, even though they are photos. I believe photography is a very expressive and powerful art form and much more than a recording tool. So with my Digital Pictorial Photography, I am expressing my own critical thinking about our current world and both its history and/or future. When someone is standing in front of my works, I hope they can be brought into a deep thinking, apart from the pleasurable feeling evoked by the photo itself.
- How captivating are images to you? How do they waver your mind and inspire you?
Beauty exists everywhere. Artists are usually the people who can capture it and express the most wonderful or meaningful parts to the world.
- As An artist, how hard can it be to keep maintaining a certain style personal to you in your art form? Can creativity lose its way?
I think an outstanding artist will always change his art style. Because he must do this, a person will always remain curious towards the world and will be sensitive to the changes. An artist will never lose his creativity, he will always have a great amount of inspiration helping him with art creation.
- When did you know you had to be an artist?
Since I studied oil painting in the 80’s in Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing (China), even though I changed to focus on photography, sculpture and installation later on. Art has been part of my life ever since my professional art studies at school.
- Any advice to aspiring artists?
Always stay curious and be open-minded.