Wu Yué’s diverse practise incorporates pop iconography with surrealist and beguiling forms. Born in Beijing, Wu Yué utilises a range of media, including painting with bleach and inks as well as carvings, animation, and illustration. Often employing well known characters and references - from Manet’s Olympia to Casper the Friendly Ghost, and an obsession with dinosaurs going back to his youth – Wu Yué has crafted a signature style that reimagines his nuanced and varied upbringing.
Wu was born at the Beijing Academy of Fine Art and spent the first 8 years of his life there as his famous artist grandfather worked as the Director to the Print Department. Wu Yué then moved to Paris to live with his family, where he would eventually obtain a degree in graphic design and animation from ENSAD (École National Supérieur des arts Décoratifs) from 2002-2007.
Wu Yué's practise can be seen as an act of redaction – of taking away and removal. Having encountered the academic style of painting prevalent in China at the time, and under the tutelage of his grandfather, Wu Yué set about creating a style of his own. Using bleach on heavy canvas, the artist creates scenes that incorporate the element of chance. As each brushstroke removes pigment from the ground, there is a sense of permeance with each gesture, the movement and moments he creates cannot be undone.