Landscape is reduced to the abstract, and the abstract to sheer light. And the light is the passion of the Op-artist Li Shurui. Stemming from her first a few abstract pieces that documented the mesmerizing illuminations in urban nightlife, Li Shurui’s paintings keep portraying the lights that she encounters and envisions. Phenomenal and fleeting, the polar light is the most spectacular of all kinds, Li comments. Her large-scale pixel painting “Polar Lights # 6” (2010) is the artist’s response to the natural phenomenon in our digital time, while her “Light of the Sky ” (#3 and #4, 2011) continues her exploration in the optical and psychedelic effects that have been central to her painting.
Li Shurui (b. 1981 in Chongqing) graduated from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. She has exhibited at various institutions and galleries, such as Today Art Museum Beijing, James Cohan Gallery Shanghai, PKM Gallery Beijing, etc. She is included in the new edition of “Vitamin P: New Perspectives in Painting” (Phaidon Press).