This is a forest ball filled with color and glamour. The tall trees and branches create a dancing pool with their elegant posture. As the ball is lit by the sun and moon, the Spring flowers and Autumn leaves drift toward the ground, while birds with beautiful feathers chirp to the occasion. Charming butterflies flutter, and the grand hippopotamus and dog guard the surroundings…
The ball is glamorous and lively, but the person is nowhere to be seen! Who is this forest ball for?
This new series is centered around the costume ball. The artist turns each piece of work into his own masquerade, inviting viewers to see his camouflage. However, only trees, flowers, birds, butterflies, and animals appear in the paintings; the artist is nowhere to be seen.
Actually, the flowers, birds, butterflies, and animals, are all disguises of the artist. The artist has transformed himself in his works, expressing his contemplations on life. There is a reason why the artist has chosen these objects as his disguise.
The forest often appears in recent paintings of the artist. For the artist, the forest has significant meaning, representing the mountain forests of his childhood and his love for nature. The forest is a refuge for wounded hearts, a haven from the bustling world, the core of his inner world.
The leaf veins are like the outer world, a miniature representation of society, and a metaphor of the complex relationships between people.
Flowers represent the most glamorous stages of life and the beginning of decline at the same time. We should all cherish the present, and avoid regretting missed beauties and happiness. The small flowers and detailed depictions of petals are the artist’s praise on the exciting moments in the different stages of life, reminding us to cherish the moment.
Birds symbol the awakening of childhood memories, as opposed to the sense of helplessness of adulthood and the fading of beauty.
Butterflies are fleeting forms of glamour and life.
The hippopotamus is the artist himself, a witness to his works.
The symbols mentioned above all represent the beauty and transience of life. The series of Le Bal Costume emphasizes the concept the fluidity of life since the moment of birth and the imminence of death. Cherish life and live to the fullest; treasure each moment and live your best self.
The painter experimented with new methods and included himself in the works as he expresses his thoughts on life. However, these works are not realistic documentations of the self, since direct and close-range methods have never been a preference of the artist. Instead, the artist chooses a cool and distant perspective. What is the reason for the artist’s decision to include himself in such a natural way? The origin of this is a stream of warmth rising from the depth of the heart, transforming the mindset and allowing the artist to change into flowers, birds, and animals, roaming freely between the trees, on the vines of leaves, or on top of dunes, which is surprising and interesting for an artist in his forties. The reason for this transformation is the arrival of new life.
The heart of a new father is filled with ineffable joy. The arrival of life softens all previous distant and cold attitudes towards the world, guiding one from rational self-discovery and the blurry state between reality and illusion towards a land filled with light and love. From now on, each moment is filled with meaning, and the future is filled with hope. Life is no longer occupied with expectations of the self but added with a father’s blessing.
This is a costume ball that is never seen before. With flowers, bird feathers, or animal fur as adornments, dance and welcome the arrival of new life with a joyful heart!