Artist: Yingying Fu
Exhibition: The Other Side of the Pacific Ocean
Media: Oil on Canvas
Gallery: CSULB, School of Art, Max L. Gatov West
I had the opportunity to view Yingying Fu’s Exhibit this week. Her artwork was being featured as she is a graduating senior here at CSULB pursuing a MFA in Drawing and Painting. She loves to focus on Figurative drawing and is an independent emploed artist that is represented by a Gallery. YingYing Fu is originally from China and came out to California. She is in graduate school and is also a mother to a newborn. She definitely found it difficult to balance school and taking care of her newborn. Yingying Fu is very popular back in China. Her artwork is represented in many places in China. Back when she lived in China, Yingying attended the Beijing Central Academy.
When Yingying lived in China, she was close to Pacific Ocean. She stated that ever since she moved to California 3 years ago to the other side of the Pacific Ocean, it has definitely influenced her artwork. This was the reason why she titled her artwork “The Other Side of the Pacific Ocean”. It influenced her to use bright colors and utilize free “brushwork”. She wanted to link the relationship between people and their surrounding environments. Yingying stated that she wanted to represent in an exact manner.
In terms of the artwork, Yingying focused on bright colors and experimented with lighting, shading, color contrasts, and free brushstrokes. She wanted to highlight the vitality of Californians through her oil on canvas.
I definitely agree that Yingying represented Southern California really well. It was the first thought that came across my mind when I first entered the gallery. It was just so “beachy”. I loved the vibe that it presented. Every painting had so much life from the bright vibrant colors.