These Years – Solo Exhibition of Sun Xun
The exhibition exhibits nearly 20 works created by him from 2000. From his middle school, college, the time when he was a master or doctor or a professor, Sun Xun was in close relationship with Central Academy of Fine Arts. No matter when he was a teenager or an adult, he has always being a member in the “academy”. Outside his private and teaching life, for some time, painting has become a habit of Sun Xun. However, in “these years” of which its definite starting date is unknown, paining to him is no longer a habit, but a way making him being fond of being alone and reading and thinking more. Indeed, in “these years”, you can feel the “unexpected feelings” Sun Xun wants to deliver to you as an artist – he found the individuals, 0bjects and events intending to break up the “customs” in daily life, and which also enable us to look back to and think over the memories, poetic quality and touch conveyed by his circumstances of “these years” when witnessing his painting scenes these years.
In those years, Sun Xun has been exploring his own painting road through “looking around”. The style of his earlier works is partial to realistic depiction. He pays close attention to people in reality and tries to catch their external emotions and internal activities with his painting brush. By recording people’s happiness or sadness, the universal social characters can be discovered. Although he has gotten the flowers and applause from portrait painting, he never feels satisfied. The painting way he desires is the one closely linked with our real life. In other words, create beyond reality and reflect aesthetic taste of modern people. Under the positive influence of family education, he persists in exploring the integration of Chinese traditional culture and western painting. The education system received by our Chinese people belongs to western form, direct and concrete while traditional culture, indirect and subtle, is more like a birthmark to us.
The works of Sun Xun swim in time and space, which have mighty visual impact. Besides, the painter has unique understanding about the use of multiple materials. Plastic Tablecloth, the painting depicts an ordinary scene: wood round stool is around the round table, revealing the memories of big family. In the scene filled with light homesickness, a plastic disposable tablecloth is covered on the table untidily. The rapid development incurs to the inconsistent coexistence of different factors of people’s life, which is the reality of Chinese sociality. The round table is easy to arouse your memory and the tablecloth can bring you back to reality. The feeling not only exists in the scene but also beyond it, which is similar to visual games. However, we have to admit that this is exactly the exploration of real life and emotions of Sun Xun. In another plants painting, Sun Xun doesn’t draw a withered aloe but a new aloe by using multiple materials. Although it is a new aloe, it looks withered more than a withered one. In addition, Sun Xun also tries to use multiple materials in figure paintings: under the background of deep green, a father is lying in bed. But the white quilt is prominent above the whole scene. Through the quilt, you can observe the gestures of the father. Suddenly, the space seems to be far away. Then you will be surprised with the modeling skill of the painter, which is beyond the form and material. Everything of his painting is appropriate and reveals the simple unfailing charm and heart-reaching happiness and elegance.