Le Guo 郭洛
Le Guo’s paintings present intense visions of colour, organic forms and undefined shapes. His work bears influences by both Western Expressionism and Surrealism, as well as by Chinese philosophies and classical art and is triggered by a continuous dialogue between physical and emotional, conscious and unconscious, internal and external.
Interested in investigating the variability of space and the endless possibilities it provides, Le Guo explores the painting’s surface and delves into its multiple layers. His work is the result of a natural process in which the artist is part of the creation but the creation is also spontaneously generating itself out of the artist’s intentions.
Le Guo’s art does not aim to fix a precise concept, and nor does it intend to provide the viewer with a final image. On the contrary his works offer a multitude of visions that seem to continuously originate new forms. The artist’s way of painting is also dynamic and varied. In a both instinctive and meditated gestural body movement Le Guo imbues his canvas with layers of colours. Sometimes he uses brush, sometimes parts of his own body. Other times it is only through subtle movements of the material’s surface that pigments spread all over the space, thus giving rise to the artwork.
Le Guo’s work has an internal rhythm, reminiscent of either calligraphy or Tai Ji Quan, which leads his creation. Conveying a sense of performance, the artist’s dynamic movements match with the fluidity of colours, ink and water. Nothing is still. Everything shifts. Various elements appear in the shape of a fluctuating vision; they are suspended and floating within space.
His art exudes a sense of inner liveliness, defined in Chinese as qiyun shengdong, which translated means ‘spiritual and lifelike motion’. In fact, his works seem to be continuously pulsing and absorbing the viewer within their all-embracing depth.