Qiurui Du was born in Beijing, China. B.F.A graduated from Dept. Illustration of Parsons School of Design in New York in 2018. M.F.A graduated from Dept. Painting and Drawing of Pratt Institute in New York in 2019. He is currently based in Shanghai, Beijing and New York City.
Qiurui Du cares about the narrative of his works. He observes life with his unique perspective and brings the hustle and bustle and peculiar temperament of surrounding life into his works. His feelings and emotions are integrated into the vibrant, rich colors and exaggerated, sarcastic forms of expression. Characters with various looks and shapes, and intriguing, quirky stories spring from his wild imagination. Meanwhile, there are ephemeral doubt and bleakness narrated in the delightful clamour. The precise grip of facial expressions and character design properly zoom in his description of emotions, which intensifies and complicates the absurdity. His works create a surrealist atmosphere and multiple tensions, leading to changes of ordinary daily things. The pictures are rich, bright and have a strong sense of fashion, yet reflect the feelings of indifference, emptiness, and alienation among people in the contemporary highly developed commercial civilization. They are a pop-ism ukiyo-e, which clearly portrays the life of us, while recording the artist’s personal emotions and memories.
Just as Qiurui said, in this world, everyone is the protagonist, and there is a drama on the go in every corner. It doesn’t matter whether the character orientation in his works is ever-changing or uniform. Their universality can directly reach a certain scene we recognize and this kind of intuitive information transmission reorganizes the diversity and fragmentation of individual experiences, which is enough to stimulate resonance. We may all be accustomed to the hubbub of the city, the neon flashing in the night, and the ordinary and messy daily life. The ‘pearl droppings’ in the title of the exhibition indicates, in our minds, the wonderful or precious moments in life, which could also be the passive compliance and compromise with real life or the self-deprecating at a certain highlight moment that we keep and record in various ways. And in the end, they may all become our pride or perseverance of bitter sweetness or sweet bitterness.