Lives and works in London.
Luna Sue Huang (b.1998) is a Chinese artist currently based in London. She graduated from the Hubei Institute of Fine Arts in Painting in 2019, and then completed the MA in Illustration and Visual Media at the University of the Arts London in 2021. She primarily works with the medium of painting, drawing, printmaking and animation. Her practice is about subconsciousness, her experience with synesthesia and her self-reflection. She was inspired by Ancient Chinese poetry, exploring the expression of humans' most vital and most common emotions.
She has already been included in various important exhibitions, for example, her printmaking was selected by Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, and her animation work has received awards and nominations for best animation at festivals around the world, such as the 2022 WSXA Paris International Awards, European Cinematography Awards. Her paintings and illustration have been exhibited globally in Korea, Italy, Japan, and China.
2022 Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, London
Crystal Clear Group Show, 仲町の家, Tokyo
Color 2022, CICA Museum, Korea
2021 Luna Sue X Yang Double Solo Exhibition, Hui Space, Beijing
‘Elephant Without Castle' Exhibition, TED Hangzhou, Hangzhou
'With.In - Belonging is Here' art exhibition, SPARC Space, Venice, Italy
2020 ‘Urban Renewal’ Exhibition, White Culture
Multiplicity Exhibition, Corsica Studio, London
Childish Everywhere, Shenzhen
‘YiXiangYiXiang’ Online Group Exhibition
2019 The 2nd Graduates Art Fair Shenzhen, China
The 3rd 'Golden Time' Graduated Works Exhibition, Star Space, Wuhan
AWARDS AND GRANTS
2022 WSXA Paris International Awards, Best Experimental Film, Award Winner
Europe Independent Movie Festival, Best Animation Short Film, Award Winner
Madonie Film Festival, Region of Sicily, Best Animation, Award Winner
Eastern Europe Film Festival, Best Animation, Honorable Mention
Mannheim Arts and Film Festival, Best Animation, Honorable Mention
2021 Between Shan Shui Group Show, 1974 Club, London
Beyond Nature Group Show, Wendle Court, London
2020 MultipliCity Group Show, Corsica Studio, London
2022 Luna Sue Huang: Painting Is A Pure Land I Am Glad I Have It, Art China, 24/11/2022
Creating 'Poetic' Paintings That Tell Their Own Stories, Yachang Art News, 08/10/2022
2019-2021 London College of Communication, MA Illustration and Visual Media
2015-2019 Hubei Insitute of Fine Arts, BA Painting
My work is about subconsciousness, my experience with synesthesia and my years of struggle with mental health problems. I am using colours and the form of ancient Chinese poetry to visually express humans' most vital and most common emotions, including the desire for love, the fear of inevitable death, and the indomitable spirit that wants to live and become better.
Ancient Chinese poetry focuses on rhythm, balance, colour and imagery, is full of emotion and often contains Chinese philosophy. I draw inspiration from the emotional resonance of how it uses sound, colour and blending of different senses to express emotions in poetry. I explore the possibility of blending my paintings not only visually but also with the senses of touch and hearing from my experience of hallucinations and synesthesia.
My practice also interactacts with my personal experience of fighting with mental health problems, from where I gained empathy and understanding towards people's emotions. I have been learning to converse with myself and then use my work to express my reflection, empathise, and connect with others. Then my work becomes a way of communicating with the outside world and self-healing.
Everything is fluid and transitory. Inspired by Eastern Philosophy, I want to use my work to poetically depict the longing for love and happiness, the fear of separation and death, and the gratitude for being alive and here. I visually expressed these emotions I have experienced as a way of validating feelings people are experiencing, affirming their efforts, and encouraging them not to give up.