Xing Junqin (1960-) China (peoples Liberation Army) untitled...





Xing Junqin (1960-) China (peoples Liberation Army) untitled oil on hesson, 1999, Ex Watters gallery Sydney, approx 180 cm x 180 cm.
Along with original Watters Gallery Flyer, 109 Roley Street East Sydney - A Collaborative project by Ian Howard College of Fine Arts UNSW Xing JunQin Peoples Liberation army PRC/ Exhibition titled - A Camouflage pattern for every country, every corner of the world.
Considered one of the great masters in the Chinese art scene, among the founders of the mythical 798 district and recognized for its historical importance in China and beyond, his use of military mimicry is a way to reflect on the social and political problems. This large work in our view is an important work for the artist.

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Born in Shanxi 1960, Xing Junqin graduated from China Military Art College in 1989 and attained his master degree in Central Academy of Art, majoring in oil painting.

In 2000, he went to Europe for an exchange, with China-America Association. Now he is a member of China Art Association and Art Association of China Military Museum.While Xing is an ‘insider’ within the military, his pictures are not as political as one might expect. A recurring theme is the soldier’s use of the weapons of war (guns, Jeeps, tanks etc.)-a juxtaposition of the human figure and the machine which is unsettling even as the artist seems to reveal it in its pictorial potential. In Xing’s artworks, those camouflaged soldiers occupy a shallow, stage-like space that render these paintings a beguiling unreality.

They often parody iconic pictures: one showed two soldiers using Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain as it was made to be used—by urinating in it; another added a mushroom cloud to the background of Edvard Munch’s The Scream.

Auction Date: 1st Apr 2023 at 1pm

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