Contemporary Chinese artist Hu Bo has captivated audiences by producing hyper-surrealistic paintings of the human body. From the works of Hu Bo, we can experience the feeling of time and space staggered and the spirit of human nature in a particular environment. With traditional realistic techniques and contemporary art ideas cleverly and skillfully combined, Hu Bo’s narrative quality in his works reveals the creative process more than the physical outcome, including an exhilarating and vast modern visual aesthetic experience in a context from a new era; telling stories of emptiness and constant self-propagating technical illusion.
Following numerous studies of the natural human form, his paintings deliver narrations of humanity and modernity where stories are only inferred by the mere expressions of their bodies rather than the context of their surroundings. Hu Bo explores the relationship between human and the modern environment through the creative repurposing of a sense of space/ Inspired by his own rural upbringing in contrast to his urban adult life, he questions the industrialization of labor that has become synonymous with today’s human condition. While being artistically repurposed, his meticulous manipulation expose the subjects’ monotonous and repetitive nature.
Hu Bo’s human body exist either fragmented or as a whole to become a part of the dynamic system of organic connectivity exhibited through his human forms. While the subjects appear physically strong through their perfect anatomies, the structural completeness is what exudes strength of the human spirit. By constantly weighing the dichotomy between ‘complete’ and ‘incomplete’ existence, Hu Bo addresses the inevitable inequalities of the modern social system.