Du Lei

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Du Lei , Chinese artist

Graduated from College of Fine Arts in Southwest University

Sichuan Fine Arts Institute,  Chongqing, China

Member of Chongqing Artists Association, China
Member of China Contemporary Women's Painting Association


Solo exhibition experience
2019   "Flowers" Du Lei Oil Painting Solo Exhibition         

             Chongqing Contemporary Art Museum, China
2018   "Workshop" Du Lei Oil Painting Solo Exhibition                  

             Xiexin Contemporary Art Museum, Chongqing, China


Group exhibition experience
2019    Her Art-Remover In the Age of Makeup

             Shanghai Contemporary Oil Painting Exhibition. Shanghai
2018    East Lake Spring New Year's Eve Art Exhibition
2017    "Art of Chongqing" Masterpiece Invitational Exhibition
2017    Excellence Award of The National Young Artists Exhibition 
2016    Annual Tour Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Female Artists
2016    The Most Impressive Contemporary Oil painting Master works                               
exhibition
2016    National Invitational Exhibition. The 2nd Contemporary Women's 

              Painting Association in China .               
2014    Youth Daily E-view interview "Vigorous Straightforward", Chongqing
2014    Biennale Leshan Art, Sichuan, China

During Leisure

artist Du Lei 

Online Solo Exhibition

   02.04. - 02.11. 2021

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We will present for you an art series of flowers by Chinese artist Du Lei. This is the artist’s first time sales exhibition in Norway.

Du Lei was born in Chongqing, China. After finishing her university art major, she went to work in a printing factory. Her oil paintings in the early years had a remarkable expressionist style, which showed the living conditions of normal workers, men and women who were working in the factories. Later, she started the creation of more interesting and small works, more focusing on cities, swimming pools, streets, and the images of characters into the social landscape, more like fragments of some stories, but also with more humorous and comic expressions.

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Dreaming / Factory series

by Du Lei

Oil on canvas

160x140cm

2012

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Reparing in Midnight / Factory series

by Du Lei

Oil on canvas

160x140cm

2013

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Fountain / Social landscape series

by Du Lei

Oil on canvas

70x60cm

2016

In the past three years, Du Lei has started to create still life subjects. This series is one of three themes created by this artist over the years. It was not a sudden thought, but just a branch of her concerns. This is undoubtedly related to her personal life and environment. Chongqing is a humid city with gloomy colors. There are small-leaved banyan trees and evergreen shrubs that adapt to this town, and mushrooms grow out of her painting room from time to time. Her favorite flowers are placed in the room all year round. These flowers and plants entered her paintings and became the protagonists of painting that she paid most attention to. The expressionist approach is still the painter's way of enamouring, but with restraint.

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Leisure / Social landscape series

by Du Lei

Oil on canvas

70x60cm

2016

I appreciate the certain independence of the artist in her floral series. This is the independence of thinking, no longer afraid the only standard that is focused on  techniques, but focus more on personal emotions and pure dialogue with flowers. Her art has gradually shifted from the secular level of attention to the inner level of self-contemplation.

Another independence is that the artist Du is forming her own a mature artistic language. Such as the color system, rich layers of warm green and subtle variety in gray. The shape of the object loosens and deforms according to artist’s emotion and imagination, which is close to an abstract shape.

Du Lei is also an independent female artist. This is a type that has gradually emerged in contemporary China. She spends most of her time creating in the studio and in the nature. She has never relied on official funding for the economy, and gradually formed her own collection group by selling her works.

Her online exhibition and sales open today until November2021. I hope you pay attention to this artist and enter her art online page to find your favorite works!

Xia Hua 

Curator, Gallery F48

                                               艺术家杜磊自述

 

山城这座城,一年大半时间是阴沉雾湿的,和风轻快的春和疏朗天高的秋都是转瞬即逝。但从立春过后,在坚硬寒冷的天气中,唯有大自然的生命,该破土的奋力破土,该吐绿的自然吐绿,毫不迟疑和矫情。待一日春光乍泄之时,在依然隆重瑟瑟的色彩中,你会忽的发现四处灰蒙蒙的颜色中点缀了红的桃李的白,让身处水泥森林中的人们,裏紧厚重冬衣的同时会有满心的讶异和欣喜,这就是我喜爱大自然蓬勃生命的地方,是喜欢花红柳绿的缘由,不管多寒冷,它总是没有回报的给予我们希望。

       这几年的《花事》自然得于对花儿发自心底的喜爱,于我而言,面对花儿的心情是最轻快的,自然的,喜悦的,美的,真实的!它们似乎是沉默不语,我却听到了它噼啪作响的伸展,一寸一寸的,柔软的花瓣却有如雕塑般的倔强和质感,那么努力的最大可能的绽放,这种侠骨柔情的对比是让我为之着迷的!从最初的蕾到最后的枯,毎一种态都是别样的美好,自然的生自然的灭,纵使没有观众,也没有惋惜,没有怨艾,没有丁点的惺惺作态。近年来每一次的提笔,都是我和花儿一场或静默或热闹的私会,是它们馈于我最自由呼吸的时光……