Drawing circles is very much like practicing Yoga, very much like meditating. Drawing circles requires total calmness, high concentration and firm confidence. Before starting to draw, one needs to inhale fully, exhale slowly while moving a brush, and one needs to exchange another breath after completing a circle. Otherwise, any brush's pausing, hesitating or shaking all can be traced.
This series of subtitled " The Project Sixes and Sixties", under "The Circle Theory", comes from the ancient Mesopotamian' knowledge to divide a circle into equal six sectors and each sector is sixty degree.
A circle is an abstract symbol, which exemplifies the world around us and beyond, and which conveys our way of thinking in many aspects.
To draw a circle is to pursue perfection and, to reach completion profoundly.
A story behind of this new series:
In the autumn of 2019 when I was in Paris, one afternoon while I was having a lunch at the cafe inside of the Louis Vuitton Foundation, sitting next to my table was an old gentleman from Australia. After we exchanged a few words, he asked me “What brought you here?”, I told him that I am an artist, I paint. Then he asked me if I could show him some of my works, I said “of course”. I have some images of my painting stored in my cell phone, so I shown them to the old gentleman. He looked at my paintings, then said to me: “ They very much tell where the culture you are from.” His words expressed what his impression on my paintings, but to me, the words struck me with a hint of a certain limitation of my works. Quite contrary, I always thought that my works are quite universal!
During my stay in Paris, the words from that old gentleman kept hovering over my head, and near the end of my stay, I said to myself that I need to make a change!
So this series of “ The Circle Theory” is another new start on my journey to pursue art.
Actually, about six years ago, even before I started to paint, I had practiced on drawing circles, using ink on rice paper. Since this year, I have switched to oil paint on canvas, and this new series is a continuation on my fascination for circles.
The painting is signed and dated both front and back.