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Su Zihan (Chinese, b.1978)
LOT ID: 78895
Leather Glove, 2012

Oil, on canvas.
59.05 х 43.3 in. (149.99 x 109.98 cm.)
Signed, dated lower right, front of canvas.
Lot description
"Leather Glove" (2012) is a sublime oil painting by one of China's most acclaimed Contemporary artists, making waves on the international art scene, Su Zihan. This stunning work belongs to Su's "Private Space" Series of photo-realistic, seductive paintings of young Chinese women in various sensual contexts. "Leather Glove" is a close-up portrait of a beautiful, very modern Chinese woman, who holds up a shiny, black leather gloved hand up to her open mouth in a overtly suggestive gesture, asking for quiet. Su employs his iconic black and white palette here makes this look like an actual photograph, yet adds swaths of bright red paint to the composition, heightening the feeling of suspense and desire. Su's famed use of light and shadow further creates a reveal/conceal dynamism and adds a voyeuristic feeling to the work. This painting measures 43.30 x 59.00 inches as unframed and in excellent condition.

Su Zihan's "Private Space" Series explores the use of non-verbal cues to depict sexuality, with a clear focus on facial features and hand gestures of women to intensify the conveyance of longing and desire. Su Zihan (China, B. 1979) is one of the leaders of the so-called "80's Generation" of Chinese painters, with select Museum and Gallery exhibitions, including the Shangshang Art Museum (Beijing, China), the Royal Castle Museum (Tours, France), and VIP’s International Gallery (Amsterdam, Netherlands), among numerous others. The artist lives and works in Beijing, China.
Leather Glove by Su Zihan
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