Jen Du is a painter, illustrator, graphic designer based in Beijing.
Her artwork is focusing on geometric art.
She uses simple basic geometric shapes with her iconic luxurious colors to create an abstract view, landscape, object, figure or mysterious atmosphere.
Before becoming an artist…
She used to work in architecture design industry for almost a decade, not a designer but the office manager. However, she thinks architecture might deeply affect her a lot from then on and she found what she really into was design.
While working she studied fashion design in BIFT (Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology) for a year and got the basic training of sketching and drawing, color series, etc. After that, she applied to Parsons the New School for Design for Fashion Studies, successfully got enrolled but did not go to New York eventually because several unfinishe projects still needed her help . She also worked as a fashion editor for a website for a while but was not interested in it at all.
Becoming an artist…
She started to paint since 2017 , totally self-learning. She tried all kinds of media and materials, watercolor, ink, acrylic, oil, mix media… and watched tons of Youtube videos to learn how and experimented and paint a lot. Meanwhile she also learned art history through documentaries, books and visiting museums and galleries frequently, got to know all the painters and their paintings, and the stories behind. She found she was so in love with art.
Finding art style…
She believes finding your own voice might be the hardest part for all artists. It needs a lot of time of curating through hard working.
She’s always obsessed with architecture forms and spaces which relates to her previous working background.
“For architects they always use simple lines and shapes to create unlimited interesting spaces, that’s fascinating to me. Use limitation to create infinite things just came to my mind.” She said.
After years of exploring her art style she found geometric shapes is the best way to express herself. It is the most simple but complex form, everything relates to it, from the portion of human body to the composition of the universe.
Every single line or shape has their own voice and meaning, especially when they come together, there’s always a golden position and ratio for each of them, they could say thousand words, like the note in the music.
She works both physically and digitally since 2020. That means she paint real paintings and also use iPad or computer to do digital designs or drawings. But sketching shapes and lines is the first step .
About the color, fashion studies might affect her in a way. Movies, interior designs also gave her a lot of inspirations. She’d like to create mysterious atmosphere or imaginable figure or object, so she prefers luxurious colors in dark or grey tone.
she used oil a lot before, for now she mainly use acrylic, acrylic gouache and acrylic markers.
” I was very sensitive to shapes, it’s kind of strange. Like wood texture, concrete texture, ceramic tile patterns, I could always capture something into an image or figure rather than other people totally ignore it. ” She said.
About inspiration to start a new work, she thinks it’s very completed to say. But keep painting and paint a lot might be the best advice she’ve ever heard from so many famous painters and artists. You’ ll get something from day to day practice.