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Vena Gu


Vena Gu lives on the campus of Rode Island School of Design, where her husband is studying photography. Her series of " Neighbors" caught my eye, they are sensitive, sweet,  vivid depictions of  her world. Something about it touches me. It's her sense,  her sweetness, her sensibility , her delicacy in  the painting.  You see  little houses,  little streets, little people walking their dogs or chatting, a little coffee shop; a little car , ......you have a New England feeling, here are typical New England houses; the New England sky, grey and  moody; the New England weather, snow or shine,  you feel  those scenes  aren't  from  her neighborhood, but  from yours,  those people are your neighbors.  Her warm and peaceful ,  sometimes sad  feelings towards the life that will  move you.

In 2008, Vena Gu graduated from V. Surikov Moscow State Academy Art Institute, with Master of Arts.

Artist Statement

Born in the 1980s, I have many fond memories of growing up in Beijing, many of which eventually faded as China underwent rapid urbanization in the past three decades. After moving to Rhode Island, I grow increasingly interested in the urban landscape and street scenes of this New England region. This series of watercolor paintings depicts some street scenes of the New England region in the northeastern United States. I apply the method of portrait painting to portray these multicolored and variously shaped houses, as well as the people on the street and their everyday activities. I try to give these mundane subjects a sense of beauty and poetic quality, through which I reconnect with my early memories and find some sort of comfort and consolation.

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Neighbors Series , water colors on paper mounted on board , 12 x 12" , with frame 20.5 x 20.5"


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