By now you’ve seen or read an explanation on how Ai’s painting, “Kamui-Kamikaze,” works.
You probably have heard someone talk about how the painting makes a point by using a white background and a black background, or by drawing a heart in the middle of a circle.
But is it really a work of art?
Is it really possible to understand how Ai created a picture that is so clear, so vivid and so moving that we can understand why it is so powerful?
What is Ai Painting?
Ai’s painting “KAMUI-KAMIKZE” ( 引隠引 ) was created in 2007 by artist Ai Weiwei, who was inspired by his own childhood experiences and childhood friends.
The painting was made for Ai to celebrate the anniversary of his childhood, when he was just three years old.
Ai said he wanted to draw a painting with the same energy as his childhood memories.
Ai said the painting is very simple and straightforward.
“It is just a black and white drawing of a character who looks like a young boy with white hair, and it shows him sitting on a tree.
I wanted to make a drawing that was so clear and so vivid that it was so easy to understand,” he said.
I wanted to see how people understood the painting and that is why I decided to draw it from my childhood memories, he said, adding that it is not possible to interpret it without a little background.
“If you ask me, it is a good painting, because it was really clear,” he added.
The white background was Ai’s way of showing that it does not have any colors.
What are the key features of Ai’s art?
The central theme of Ai-Kanjiro-san ( まんつん にん ) is the fact that it depicts a person with a bright and white face.
“The character is the same as the person who I saw in my childhood,” Ai said.
He then used the white background to emphasize the character’s bright and colorful features.
“The person who lives in this world is a bright, white face with white skin, and this person has a different personality from the person I saw growing up,” he explained.
“But this person also has the ability to smile, and that character has a smile too.”
The background and the face, he added, “are a way to express the personality and the emotion of the character.
The way to create a character that has a bright face is to draw this person and show his expression.”
Why is it important?
I am a child of the 1980s, and the art I saw back then was different from what I see today, Ai said, noting that when he looks at today’s art, he sees a lot of “graphic exaggeration” or “inaccurate colors.”
“So I want to create something more original and less misleading and so that my children and grandchildren will see it differently,” he continued.
“I hope that they will understand and understand it better.”
How did he come up with the idea for Ai-kun-kun ( きんかんねん とん ) ?
I was asked to create Ai-chan-kun or Ai-man-kun for my own birthday.
When I was in grade school, I was asked by my mother if I wanted a drawing of Ai.
I was not sure about it, so I decided not to draw the drawing, Ai explained.
As I got older, I got into trouble in the art world and was always in trouble with my drawings.
But I wanted Ai-san-kun, so when I was going to go to school, it was a big problem, I explained.
So I decided that if I make a painting, it should be the Ai-sama-kun painting.
But then I heard that there was a Ai-dono-kun.
Ai was also surprised, but he said that the Ai art was different and better than the other art in the school.
That’s when I thought about the Ai painting, he continued, “so I decided on the Ai dono-san painting.”
Au said that in the Ai paintings, the heart is always the center of the canvas.
“This is the heart that I saw when I watched Ai-senpai-kun [a boy who had the same face as Ai] at school,” he remembered.
“So when I created the Ai man-kun drawing, I wanted it to be a drawing where the heart would be the center.”
So I did what I wanted, and I drew Ai-chou-kun instead.
Ai-cho-kun “Ai-cho is Ai-no-kun,” Ai-men-kun Ai said that he wanted the Ai men-kun