We were delighted to host the solo exhibition ‘Reincarnation’, featuring new works by eminent Chinese contemporary artist, Jacky Tsai.
Tsai works across a range of mediums including installation, sculpture and fashion. His practice unites cultural influences from the East and West, fusing a range of motifs on large-scale vibrant canvases. By innovatively blending Chinese craft tradition – lacquer carving, painted porcelain, silk embroidery, and guohua painting – with western pop iconography, the works stimulate new ideas relating to beauty, mortality and identity. Tsai’s imaginative use of perspective and layering create culturally harmonious and aesthetically rich narratives.
Timed for the opening of Asian Art in London (1 - 10 November 2018), ‘Reincarnation’, was be Tsai’s largest UK show to date with over twenty works and a monumental floral leather ‘Skullpture’, hanging in the centre of the gallery. The iconic skull design, originally created by Tsai for Alexander McQueen, has been adapted by the artist into a sculptural form.
Jacky Tsai, The Retirement Gold Version, 2017
Tsai’s recurring use of the skull motif challenges the prevailing notions of superstition and fear associated with death in Chinese culture and celebrate beauty in decay. The artist sees “the skull as a symbol of opportunity for new beginnings, rebirth from death”.
Jacky Tsai, Kissers, 2018
Jacky Tsai, The Pole Dancer, 2018
New paintings on view in ‘Reincarnation’, include, Shanghai Tang Café (2018) and The Pole Dancer (2018), which maintain Tsai’s unique and instantly recognisable kaleidoscopic graphic style. The works highlight the influence of Western culture on Tsai’s practice, specifically by artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Vibrant superheroes and other western pop imagery are saturated by eastern landscapes, cultural symbols, craft and personal references to Tsai’s own family.
Tsai’s diverse works have garnered international acclaim and media coverage. Tsai is the first Chinese artist to be represented by the prestigious Fine Art Society and he has exhibited worldwide with exhibitions at Contemporary by Angela Li in Hong Kong and the Museum of Modern Art Moscow.