When We Were Young



Star Gallery and Triumph Gallery gladly present Lou Shenyi's solo exhibition "Youth is Hometown" from May 20 to June 25, 2023.

Artist Statement

Wukong, the peaches of immortality, wheat fields, spring breeze…all are the subjects that I deal with the most. I hope that these paintings will put a knowing smile on viewers' face, quietly unlocking the secrets of the times. I want to rekindle the collective teenage memories as one of the generation born in the 1970s.

Youth is synonymous with hometown. In my heart, the roots of life are not only about one’s geographical origin, but rather about the soul and the most beautiful phase of life in the past. In painting, I managed to revive the innocence, mischief, and even some trivial pranks of my adolescent years. The imprints of my past come alive in my works with the charm of simplicity and truthfulness, such as my various depictions of Sun Wukong and Zhu Bajie, which are always hilarious, or the delicious peaches of immorality that may be gnawed at by a few worms, or the gorgeous blooming plum blossoms that resemble skeletons. All of them are derived from the juvenile observations, the dreamy state a boy, as well as the little curiosity about life and death, love and sex that is unique to youth.