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Jia Qiong (Chinese, b.1969)
LOT ID: 66693
Showcase Series No. 5, 2007

Oil, on canvas
55.1 х 78.7 in. (139.95 x 199.9 cm.)
Signed, in Chinese and dated lower front left in oil paint.
Lot description
"Showcase Series No. 5" (2007) is a tour-de-force surreal figurative oil painting by famed Chinese Contemporary artist Jia Qiong. The ongoing theme in his celebrated "Showcase" series revolves around the issues of "trend and tradition" that face young women in China today. This work is unframed and in perfect condition and is the first time this painting has been offered to the market.

In the manner that is inherent to Qiong's oeuvre, this painting's narrative and composition are intentionally visually decadent, with beautiful nude women depicted with a lush palette that transforms this work into a fantasy-scape, intentionally detached from reality. This is one of Jia's most important and accomplished paintings to-date that unabashedly depicts the interface between the young women of modern-day China with traditional Chinese female figures, such as the ornate, doll-like woman. Here, she stands stiff and stylized wearing an 'old-fashioned' ceremonial headdress and robes, in clear contrast to the minimal dress of the other two figures that stride confidently in her direction. At first glance Jia's style appears casual, when in fact this manner of painting is incredibly specific and is designed to invite a closer look at his sophisticated compositions, narratives, and surface-patterns that have make his work 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 program in Britain and France. His work has been exhibited in select Museum and Gallery exhibitions world-wide including The World Master Art Exhibition, as well as 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 recently returned to China, and now lives and works in Beijing.
Showcase Series No. 5 by Jia Qiong
  • Showcase Series No. 5 by Jia Qiong
  • Showcase Series No. 5 by Jia Qiong
  • Showcase Series No. 5 by Jia Qiong
  • Showcase Series No. 5 by Jia Qiong
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