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Sheng Qi (Chinese, b.1965)
LOT ID: 81306
Red Hand, 2006

Acrylic, on canvas
35.5 х 31.5 in. (90.17 x 80.01 cm.)
Signed, dated by the artist verso.
Lot description
"Red Hand" (2006) is a dynamic painting by famous Chinese Contemporary artist Sheng Qi ((China, b. 1965) that belongs to his famed "My Left Hand" Series that includes both color paintings and photographs, that vary in size, color and composition, yet all share the repeated image of a close-up detail of the artist's left hand, palm open. This painting measures 35.50 x 31.50 inches (90 x 80 cm), is in excellent condition and acquired in 2007 from Red Gate Gallery, Beijing.

After the Tiananmen Square uprising, Sheng fled to Europe, but before leaving he cut off his left pinkie finger which he buried in a flowerpot—so that he might leave part of himself behind in China. His empty palm here is an intense message, balanced by bold Chinese calligraphic script and vivid red paint. Sheng Qi, born in China in 1965 is internationally famed for his socio-political themed paintings and photographs, in particular his use of the human body as a field of protest. Sheng earned a Master's Degree from London's prestigious St. Martin's Academy of Art and Design, U.K. His work, including this photograph, have been included in major Museum and Gallery exhibitions in Europe, Asia and the United States, including the much-hyped Museum show "The Inside Out: New Chinese Art "(1998) that included more then 80 works by 58 artists from China’s mainland, Taiwan, and overseas. The show was curated by Gao Minglu and organized by the Asia Society, in cooperation with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Red Hand by Sheng Qi
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