San Francisco Art Institute
Cook and His Wife
oil on canvas
Tell us about the work that you have submitted.
This is an oil painting depicting a Chinese chef and his wife who owned a Hunan restaurant in St. Louis. I painted it in my post-bac year at SFAI.
How do you describe your work and practice?
In my earlier work, I primarily worked with traditional oil color and techniques. Now I work with mixed media, including digital tablet and video. Each of my pieces shows my different sides and is witness to my shifts and growth.
What motivated you to apply to the XL Catlin Art Prize?
This piece is one of my favorite figurative works painted in the traditional oil medium. As a student at SFAI, our school frequently sends us opportunities for artists via email. I was motivated to apply when I saw information about the XL Catlin Art Prize in an email from school.
What is your background?
I am an international student from mainland China. I studied at Saint Louis University since 2012, and now I am pursuing my MFA at SFAI.