For Dublin Chinese Lunar New Year
Watch back: Jingze Du and Colin Martin RHA, in Conversation
Watch back on the live conversation with RHA Studio Artist, Jingze Du, and Head of RHA School, Colin Martin RHA. This conversation took place on Wednesday 10 February for the Dublin Chinese Lunar New Year 2021 – Year of the Ox.
Jingze Du creates paintings that are largely grey with accents of black and white. Most depict heads in various configurations. Some are slightly contorted while others are more naturalistic. They represent an oscillating position that is in between various alternatives: strength and weakness; fast and slow; masculine and feminine; validation and rejection; external and internal; conformity and independence, and above all they represent Du’s status as an immigrant, someone whose life has been neatly divided into two parts, the first half in China; the second half in Ireland.
Jingze Du (born 1995, Yantai, China) moved to Dublin when he was thirteen years old. He later earned his BA at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin (2017) and his MA from the Royal College of Art, London (2019). He had two solo exhibitions at Steve Turner, Los Angeles (May 2020 and October 2020); Sol Art Gallery, Dublin (2019) and has presented work in group exhibitions in London and Dublin since 2016. Jingze Du is currently doing a residency at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin.
Colin Martin is an artist and lecturer based in Dublin. He is currently Head of the RHA School and lectures part time in the NCAD Media Department. He is a graduate of DIT and NCAD and works in the medium of painting and film.
Recent solo exhibitions include Keyframe, Platform Arts, Belfast, 2014, Collection, City Assembly Building, Dublin, 2012, The Garden, curated by Kate Strain, Broadcast Gallery, DIT, Dublin, 2011, Cyclorama, Basic Space, Dublin. Recent group exhibitions include Locations of Estrangement, Art Projects, London, Surveille.e.s, CCI Paris, curated by Nora Hickey, House Taken Over, Private House, Belfast 2018 ,This is Not Architecture, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda 2017, Far From Me, Josef Fillip Gallery, Leipzig, N.O.W.H.E.R.E. Interview Room 11, Edinburgh 2016. He has received the Arts Council Visual Arts Bursary in 2020, 2015, 2012 and 2007.
For more information on Dublin Chinese Lunar New Year 2021 – Year of the Ox, please see www.dublinchinesenewyear.com