Jingze Du


Displacement fuels the desire to persevere until one’s art resonates with self-identity

Matthew Burgos | Vol. 15, Spring Summer 2022

Jingze Du. Frank, 2021. Oil on canvas, 23 3/4 x 19 3/4 inches (60.3 x 50.2 cm)


The aura of displacement rocked the beginnings of artist Jingze Du when he first arrived in Dublin, Ireland from Yantai, China at the age of 13. With his mother’s belief in his artistry keeping him on his feet, he sought after refining his communication skills in English, a prerequisite of survival in an English-language-dominated country. As soon as he fed his mind with vocabulary, those used in the arts field as well, he set off his artistic endeavors until he gave birth to portraits and approaches that explore the extremes of his identity: strength and weakness; fast and slow; masculine and feminine; validation and rejection; external and internal; conformity and independence; and the space in between his Chinese and Irish self.

Jingze Du. Leo, 2021. Oil on canvas, 23 5/8 x 19 3/4 inches (60 x 50.2 cm)


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