Her watercolors full of details try to translate the feeling of fullness that arises when one is under water or immersed in one's thoughts. Fascinated by the reflections of liquid on the skin, Jia Li makes us discover the beauty of submerged bodies through the expressions and postures of her models.
This Chinese watercolourist graduated in 2021 from the Institute of Fine Arts in Hubei. In 2014, she received the Excellence Prize at the International Biennial of Watercolor in Shenzhen (China) for Water Mirror Bloom.
As a child, Jia Li already loved painting. If she really started to paint during her adolescence, it was simply by leafing through a book in a bookstore that she discovered watercolour.
I really feel something special with water: I like to be in it and discover what lives under the surface. It really is another world. Many people think like me, hence the very large number of underwater photographs that can be seen here and there.
I also try to show my emotions through the sheet of watercolor paper, to describe them with my brushstrokes. The refraction of light, under water, gives an incredible beauty to the characters; everything is more mysterious and more exciting. The human body underwater is free, unfettered. Equally fascinating and unpredictable are the reflections of moving water on the skin, the waves, the bubbles. And the clothes change with the water, so each image is necessarily unique.
I don't want my paintings to look like real photos. Most of my watercolors are quite large in size, which means it takes a while to render the details. I always have to keep in mind not to forget the overall effect of my painting. Very often, I choose bright and cheerful colors in order to show my emotions, while hoping that the spectators will be attracted by the fluctuations of light and shade under the surface of the water.Ada 29Jia Li