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Jia Qiong (Chinese, b.1969)
LOT ID: 68694
Showcase Series No. 1, 2007

Oil, on canvas.
55.12 х 78.74 in. (140 x 200 cm.)
Signed, and dated lower right front in oil paint.
Lot description
"Showcase Series No. 1" (2007) is the first in the famed Series of surreal figurative oil paintings by Chinese Contemporary artist Jia Qiong. The ongoing theme in his celebrated body of work are the issues of "trend and tradition" that face young women in China today. This work is unframed and in perfect condition. This is the first time this painting has been offered to the market.

In the manner that is inherent to Jia's oeuvre, this painting's narrative and composition are intentionally visually overblown, even as painted in black and white. This is one of Jia's most important and largest paintings to-date and belong to his "Showcase" Series of incredibly busy and celebratory works that tend to focus on the interaction of young women and 'otherworldly" female figures, such as angels, traditionally dressed female figures from Chinese opera, and female dress-mannequins as seen here. At first glance Jia's style appears casual, when in fact this manner draws one in and invites a closer look at the incredible level of detail sophisticated compositions, narratives, and surface-patterns that have made his work so highly sought-after.

Jia's cinematic narratives are due in part to his formal education in drama, as he graduated from the Drama Department of Jilin's Art Institute in China. Jia Qiong (China, B. 1969) studied painting in Europe, at a three year artist residency in Germany, as well as a painter in residence in Britain and France. His work has been exhibited in select Museum and Gallery exhibitions world-wide, at The World Master Art Exhibition, and also at the Frankfurt International Artists Expo. In 2007, his work was in the Museum exhibition "Songzhuang Art", Songzhuang Art Museum, China and in 1998, he had a solo exhibition dedicated his work, "Jia Qiong Art Works (1990-1998)" at China Art Museum, Beijing, China. Jia returned to China recently, and lives and works in Beijing.
Showcase Series No. 1 by Jia Qiong
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