Oil painting toilet paper – Treasure of 2020

Probably no one would expect that toilet paper could create such drama before year 2020. Yet anything could happen and we went right through it. When the shortage crisis started to spread, we thought it was rumor. How could those bath tissue had anything to do with pandemic? Yet the theory of chaos proved that they were well related. And we were soon from this,


To this–>


Suddenly toilet paper was under spotlight. There were lots of stories about it. Kids threw them in a tub filled with water, or a tiny paper roll from online purchase. People played board game using toilet paper as award and so on. So, it became the treasure of year 2020. A treasure that is so common but you just can’t get it in certain time. XD

Last year when all this happened, my parents were staying with us. My mom was worried when she saw all the empty shelves in supermarket. I assured her that we had enough bath tissue. Not plenty but should be enough. But she was still worried and she counted how many panels were needed per bathroom visit. Thankfully, the shortage didn’t last long. My mom was relieved when she saw pile of toilet paper at the entrance of Costco. In the aftermath of this crisis, my mom encouraged me to get the bath tissue every time we went to Costco.

And no, I didn’t hoard toilet paper. I’m glad that most stores have rules for this kind of essential products.

So, when I saw the sunset light shining on my roll of toilet paper. I decided to capture it. The light, the shadow of trees, the reflection of metal bar and of course, the toilet paper itself.

Before year 2020, I bet my mom wouldn’t understand why I want to paint such thing. But I don’t think I need to explain to her now based on her own experience.

I recall the lyric of song “Everybody knows”.

Everybody knows, the toilet paper is over.

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My paintings are an outlet to express the imagination I have inside my head that I can not put into words. After trying many mediums, I always find myself coming back to paint and brushes. In my current artistic practice, I use oil paint and mainly create portraits of mythical creatures and animals transfixed in the shifting colours of seascapes and landscapes. There is a natural spirit and magic to these creatures and their energy draws me in. Choosing to paint these creatures as real living wildlife rather than abstractions, I use bold and vivid colours to express the imaginary intertwined with reality, finding magic between the seams. Using a saturated colour palette, I create bold and striking imagery, contrasted between foreground and background, subject and landscape, and light and darkness. Weaving their bodies and the surface of the landscape into each other through organic forms and flowing brush strokes, I find beauty, strength and innocence in these creatures that reflect my inner world.