Monday, 6 December 2010

Ah Xian (b.1960)

"China, China - bust no. 4" 1998



"China, China" 1998


Four busts from the "China, China" series, 1998


"China, China - bust no. 10" 1998


"China, China" 1998


"China, China - bust no. 3" 1998


"Human, Human - Lotus 1" Hand beaten copper with fine cloissoné enamel, 2000-01


"China, China"


Bust from the Concrete Forest series


"China, China"


"China, China"


Ah Xian is a self taught artist who held his first exhibition in Shanghai in 1985. He migrated to Australia in 1989. His work has been shown in major survey exhibitions such as "Mao goes Pop: China post-1989," Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (1993,) while his solo exhibitions includes shows at Powerhouse Museum, Sydney; Asia Society Museum, New York; and Stadtische Museum Heilbronn, Germany. In 1999 he received an Australia Council grant to travel to Jingdezhen to explore porcelain production, enabling him to expand his "China, China" series of porcelain portrait busts. He was awarded the national Sculpture prize in an exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia in 2001, and his works are in collections such as Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane and Asia Society Museum, New York [bio: Melissa Chiu]

- Other works

6 comments:

Theresa Cheek said...

O..M..G..this is an amazing exhibit. I love the way tradition is tweeked! I am sharing your link today!

Pete Hoge said...

these are the type of
objects that will be
fought over in the
distant future.

I think art should be a
treasure.

Elisabethbaysset said...

fascinant , un travail fascinant !
EB.
(j'espère que vous avez reçu mon courrier .)

A.Decker said...

I've never seen the melding of tradition and modernism so beautifully and compellingly accomplished. Wow.

curator said...

I've never seen the melding of tradition and modernism so beautifully and compellingly accomplished. Wow.

My feelings exactly, these are breathtaking works of art.

Thanks for the comments!

Joanne Licsko said...

I find this artist's work strangely inspiring. You always show us interesting work. Thank you!