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Yan Zhixiong (Chinese, b.1979)
LOT ID: 66360
Dark Fragrance No. 4, 2005

Chromogenic Print (C-print)
47.2 х 31.5 in. (119.89 x 80.01 cm.)
Signed, inscribed, in Chinese, lower right front margin in black in pen with date.
Print/Casting Year 2005
Edition 5 of 8
Lot description
Yan Zhixiong (China b. 1979) "Dark Fragrance No. 4". 2005.
Size" (47.2 x 31.5 inches) 120 x 80 cm. 2007. Edition 5/8
This photograph is unframed and in excellent condition.

"Dark Fragrance No. 4" depicts a jade-hued goddess, a stunning nude Chinese woman whose dark silhouette underscores her physical perfection posed in a high-fashion, dramatic manner with a dragon fly hovering close to her. This color photograph is the work of famed Chinese Contemporary photographer Yan Zhixiong, whose artistic career was launched as one of China's top fashion photographers.
Yan's work has a way of mixing beauty with the grotesque, humans with nature, sexuality with purity, all features of his iconic "Dark Fragrance" series of nude photographs that feature a single model against green background in the company of a beautiful and revered insect,, such as a butterfly, praying mantis or as here a dragon-fly. Like American photographers David LaChapelle and Terry Richardson, Yan's work for editorial fashion assignments as always carried intense and deeply creative narratives, pushing the boundaries between high fashion and art. He is now recognized by curators and collectors alike for his important photographic portraits, many of which are of cultural icons, celebrities and models in China. His works possess a narrative that is erotic and sublime yet subversive, brilliantly traversing the bridge between Fine Art and Fashion photography.

Yan is a member of the British Royal Photographic Society and the China Photographers Association. He was born in Hunan Province in 1979 and now works in Beijing. He has studied traditional Chinese and oil paintings since his childhood, and majored in art design at university. At present, he is engaged in portrait art as well as photographing for commercial advertisement and star actors. His works have already won more than 70 awards in photography from Collections, Exhibitions and Periodicals throughout China, Austria, Ukraine, France, Belgium, Hong Kong and Macao. Yan Zhixiong achieved China's highest individual photography award, the "Chinese Gold" and was awarded the "China Photographic Art" exhibition Portrait Photography Gold Medal as well. He has held several solo fine art exhibition, most recently in 2010 at the Today Museum, China which featured his incredible range of photographic images.
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