This painting depicts a stylized starfish with exaggerated proportions rendered in shades of black and grey with accents of white. Though the painting's surface has a subtlety that most associate with an airbrush technique, Du actually uses oil paint and an array of brushes to achieve his magical surface. Like most of Du's portraits from the past few years, this work highlights his interest in celebrity, familiarity and banality.
Jingze Du’s paintings frequently depict human heads, ranging from slightly contorted to naturalistic, in grey tones with accents of black and white. These works explore positions that oscillate between two states, such as strength and weakness; masculine and feminine; conformity and independence; and validation and rejection. Above all, Du’s work is representative of his experience as an immigrant with a life neatly divided into two parts—the first half in China, the second half in Ireland.