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b. 1959, China

Pu Jie Biography

In his artistic practice, Pu Jie attempts to use fragments of collective memory as well as his own personal experiences to compose a narrative of a contemporary way of existence in the shadow of China's recent past. Avoiding trappings of both nostalgia and amnesia, he references instead life in the rapidly expanding urban metropolis and its oscillating imageries of eroticism, political propaganda and ancient myths. Monochromatic colours in red, yellow and blue dominate his large-scale paintings. The compositions are not subject to the classical central perspective, but consist of collage figures and texts that are noticeable as vast bases in favour of other images, usually painted with striking contours. The different layers of imagery are brought together in the picture by the unifying aesthetic expression, which is a blend of pop and comic strips. Pu Jie's works comment on a variety of themes that he conjures up in dynamic and intense scenes. Here, he underscores illusory aspects of the mediated day-to-day reality of a rapidly changing society. Pu Jie juxtaposes seemingly contrasting narratives and memories as an attempt to show the fragmentary, ever-shifting and therefore incoherent nature of life.

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Focusing on the urban context in Shanghai, Pu Jie also touches upon the tabula rasa approach that is so prominent in urban development, where the destruction of entire neighbourhoods is cause for severe social implications. Modernisation (2001) features a plastic replica of the Pudong Tower in Shanghai, which was set on fire by the artist resulting in ashes of a city in ruin.Pu Jie was born in Shanghai in 1959. He graduated from Shanghai Normal University, Fine Arts Department in 1986. Recent exhibitions include Space-Time Reconstruction, Ausin Tung Gallery, Hong Kong (2012); Memory and Witness-Pu Jie's Solo Art Exhibition, Museum at Tamada Projets, Tokyo, Japan (2009); Look Ahead, Look Back-Pu Jie's Solo Art Exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing (2009); Red Hot-Asian Art Today from the Chaney Family Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, U.S.A. (2007); Mahjong-Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland (2005), City of London Festival, Royal Exchange, London, U.K. (2003), The Dream of the City by the Sea, Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte, Hamburg, Germany (2003) etc.

Text courtesy ShanghART.

Pu Jie Featured Artworks

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The dragon is here 龙来了 by Pu Jie contemporary artwork painting
Pu JieThe dragon is here 龙来了, 1989Oil on canvas
130 x 115 cm
ShanghART Contact Gallery
A Pile of Good Luck No. 4 by Pu Jie contemporary artwork installation
Pu JieA Pile of Good Luck No. 4, 2014Firecracker paper, acrylic and glue
99 x 122 x 5 cm
ShanghART Contact Gallery
Flowerpot by Pu Jie contemporary artwork painting
Pu JieFlowerpot, 2013Oil and Acrylic on canvas
208 x 150 cm
ShanghART Contact Gallery
Some Triangles No. 1 by Pu Jie contemporary artwork painting
Pu JieSome Triangles No. 1, 2013Oil and Acrylic on canvas
95 x 95 cm
ShanghART Contact Gallery
Head Is Her 2008 No.8 by Pu Jie contemporary artwork painting
Pu JieHead Is Her 2008 No.8, 2008Acrylic on canvas
400 x 300 cm
ShanghART Contact Gallery
Candy No.6 by Pu Jie contemporary artwork painting
Pu JieCandy No.6, 2008Acrylic on canvas
140 x 120 cm
ShanghART Contact Gallery
Head is Her C No. 2 by Pu Jie contemporary artwork painting
Pu JieHead is Her C No. 2, 2009Acrylic on canvas
20 x 25 cm
ShanghART Contact Gallery
A Book by Pu Jie contemporary artwork installation
Pu JieA Book, 2013Fireworks crackere, acrylic, glue and frame
40.5 x 45.4 cm
ShanghART Contact Gallery

Pu Jie Recent Exhibitions

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Pu Jie Represented By

ShanghART contemporary art gallery in Singapore ShanghART Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore
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