It probably tickled him when I asked Fang Lijun if I could photograph his bald head with his famous “2016 Autumn ” as a background. That photo taken, he told me that the painted bald head to his left was his, too! He laughed when I asked if I could also photograph him standing between two walls, which would make him look cornered, or like a student being punished by his teacher. Like many real and pure artists I met over my years as a writer/photographer, Fang was very down to earth, never to put on airs. I like Fang’s artworks. He is one of the few Chinese artists whose works I deeply appreciate. One of the few who have something to say and and say it in their distinct styles. Fang’s works send out a strong message in a unique style. And he is very bold, or brave.
(Photo credit: SCMP / XIAOMEI CHEN)