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Painting (MA)

Shilun Ding

Ding Shilun

b.1998, Guangzhou

Lives and works in London


2020-2022, MA Paintng, Royal College of Art

2019.1-2019.7, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London

2016-2020, BA Painting, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art, China

Show Location: Battersea campus: Painting Building, Ground floor

Ding Shilun was born in Guangzhou in 1998 and is a graduate from the Painting Department of the Royal College of Art. Ding is fascinated with the notion of ‘events’. His practice draws from both historical and recent events. Although the characters that appear in the body of works can be understood as the embodiment of the artist himself in daily life, Ding regards these characters as impossible miracles.

Ding tries to recognise today's conflicts in his own way, by analysing approximate historical events and even myths. These echoes from the past and the experience of what is happening in the present led him to develop a way of storytelling. By constructing different scenes of the pantomime, Ding attempts to describe his understanding of current tragedies through this screenwriting approach, which is often about the conflict between the individual and society, blood and family, ideology, and fear of the unknown.

The Ridde, 190 x 170 cm, oil on canvas, 2022
Three Princes, 180 x 160 cm, oil on canvas, 2022
Jade Heist, 160x180cm, oil on canvas, 2022
Bewitched, 100 x 90 cm, oil on canvas, 2022
The Disenchanted, 70 x 80 cm, oil on canvas, 2022
Late Night Cruise, 90x90cm, oil on canvas, 2022
D61 (winter song), 26 × 18 cm, gouache on paper, 2022
D60 (typhoon), 18 × 26 cm, gouache on paper, 2022
D58 (sound), 26 × 18 cm, watercolor on paper, 2022
D21 (perfect date), 26 × 18 cm, watercolor on paper, 2022
D18 (laundry day), 23 × 31 cm, watercolor on paper, 2022
D18 (hold the tears), 31 × 23 cm, watercolor on paper, 2022