"Pursuing·The Happy Dream Walker" Exhibition by Arx Lee
City: Guangzhou
Curator: Kelvin Huang, Elsa Wen
Duration: 2018-03-10 ~ 2018-04-23
Venue: Kui Yuan Gallery
Address: No.9, Xuguyuan Road,Yuexiu District, Guangzhou
Participating Artist(s): Arx Lee
Host(s): Kui Yuan Gallery


When I met Arx Lee for the first time, I was immediately attracted by his gentleness and demeanor. In my life and career, I have met a lot of artists. Everyone has his own personality and special character, but rarely like Arx. From the moment when I met him, I was much impressed by his frankness and unpolished talent.

In the past decade, I have seen transformation of his works. Every time I visited his studio, I am always surprised at the level of his self-demand, not just at painting, but also at the thinking about the whole creative process.

He is less than forty years old, but his insistence on his belief has brought his works to a deeper level, as if every detail is harmoniously conceived, and this also proves his artistic maturity. Maybe due to this force, he already has a lot of fans and “disciples” following him for art study despite his young age.

The commonality of Arx’s works comes from the close relationship between him and the roles created by him. In the past decade, he has focused on three characters: the naive hero “Bilibi”, the amnesic, fragile and thoughtful “Buda Pest”, and the perseverant adventurer “Bumi”.

The famous American talented director Tim Burton once mentioned that how he combined the crazy weird world with the innate talent through painting, and then created another universe and various fantastic creatures. He said “Painting is a way of communication, and subconscious idea can be expressed without talk”.

In front of Arx’s works, we feel that he is just a tool of his own imagination, and his imagination controls his hands to paint everything on the canvas, and interprets a completely different universal visual vocabulary through his paintbrush waving, almost magic.

“Bumi” is completely created in this way. From the travels and encounters of Bumi, we may associate the character with the little prince created by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, but there is a special plot in the story of the Little Prince: When the little prince found himself far more anxious and painful than the other characters, the fox shared a secret with him “One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye.” Arx’s Bumi closed his eyes and fumbled along the way on this journey, so his personal spiritual food jumped out of the invariable law and the shackles of the eye, and he got a deeper feeling in the vagaries and exploration. Following his footsteps on the journey, another life axis was pulled out, and it also seems to imply the artist’s own gradual transformation from the childhood into another more mature stage of life. From the observation of Arx’s works, we think that he is just at the starting point of the road of art, and he is endowed with incomparable painting talent, which will accompany him to go farther, and make him grow into a paragon, as well as an outstanding creator gradually.

Jean-François Roudillon


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[Editor] 张艳