The Public House of Art

Eric Guo: In Awe

Eric Guo (China, 1964) was born in a poor, mountainous region in northern China. Aged 18 he entered the Hebei Arts and Crafts School where he studied oil painting.
Upon graduation, 3 years later, he became interested in photography. Owning a camera though, was for him like a distant dream. He moved from the Hebei province to Beijing where he perfected his studies at the Central Academy of Crafts and fine Arts for one year, moving towards Fine Art Photography. In 2007 he travelled for a year in the mountains of the LiangShan County, in the north-eastern part of the Sichuan province, where the ethnic minority group, the Yi, have lived for centuries. There he shot one of his most representative series titled Meisa, the name of a village located at about 3000 meters above sea level. There, the Yi have their own language and alphabet that are incomprehensible to outsiders.
In a similar way, regardless of the format it features, Eric’s work possesses an enigmatic and at the same time strongly evocative quality. He has a wide range of stylistic approaches, with a sense of color and composition deeply influenced by his oil painting background. This collection is divided in 3 groups of photographic works: Untouchables, Warmth of its own and Facing each other. Untouchables features a character and her double, painted with the melancholic tones of introspection, in a poetic, profound longing for light.  
Warmth of its own uses childhood as a visual theme to investigate a complex spectrum of conflicting emotions, ranging from loneliness and...