Lacquer has become the foundation of Duan’s works since his graduation. It is a traditional material with long history of nearly 8,000 years and a profound cultural background. Mastering lacquer paint requires high level of skills, Duan has spent years to build up a strong foundation and started his independent artist creation in the second half of the pursuit of his Master’s Degree, gradually formed the series of artworks presenting in this exhibition.
Timelessness is the key characteristic of Lacquer arts. As time goes by, due to light and oxidization, the color and brightness of the art pieces change gradually. They become more translucent and their brightness is heightened. Although these changes may be subtle, they seem to bring life. This is why lacquer paint can be so fascinating to the artist.
Duan’s works are the combination of the lacquer art and his personal experience, and at the same time exploring the relationship between ancient materials and modern art, creating a new visual form and idea that differ from the usual.
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