Check out his website: http://julianveroninart.weebly.com/.
Kuo explores various media and techniques to create his images, which, in my opinion are sharp, pristine and bursting with Caribbean colours.
Earlier in the week, as Julian assisted with setting up his exhibit, I asked him a few questions about his show and his art. “Painting makes my life happy and this joy is contagious. With this show, I'd like to contaminate viewers with joy when they enter my art world” he affirmed. Contagious will only feature Kuo’s paintings, but he is also an avid photographer. In explaining what captures his interest photographically, he explained, “When I go out, I must have my camera with me, I like to record some moments of life, every picture has its own story. It is an intuitive reaction for me.”
It is clear that Julian’s use of vibrant colours is contagious. I asked him to elaborate on his experience or relationship with colour and how it affects his work: “When I was 3, I started to interact with art. The walls of my room were my canvas. I painted and drew on the walls. I try a variety of art styles, while creating my own view of art. I was the winner of the BTL directory cover design. I am the Milky Way Cafe’s photographer and I also design the posters and menus for the Cafe. Designing the Belize High School yearbook gave me a lot of experience. The colour of art is just like a language for me; an international language because of the many stories I have created in my works. When people see my works, they will describe it from their point of view.”
In this new techie era, where social media made interaction virtual, and music, books and movies stream online, I ask the young artist what he thought about the very traditional and tactile medium painting. Is painting new enough for our young tech-savvy artists? Veronin Kuo says “Painting is always new, because painting is diversification.”
Contagious will premieres Friday June 14 at 7 p.m. and will be on display for two weeks.