In September 2015 we were delighted to present the first solo show by the Chinese artist and designer, Jacky Tsai.
Tsai’s work explores the relationship between Eastern and Western cultures and the ways in which they feed and enrich one another, through a range of materials and techniques. A western pop art aesthetic is expertly blended with eastern artistry and the emblems of Chinese mythology through at times absurd tableaus; modern-day western superheroes battle it out with characters from Chinese folk tales; Wonder Woman is wooed by the Monkey King, Empress Wu is saved by Tarzan.
The narrative pieces in the show drew their inspiration from the four great novels of Chinese literature. (Water Margin, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Journey to the West, Dream of the Red Chamber). From the Ming and Qing dynasties, in the 14th - 18th Century, these great heroic stories still form the basis of much Chinese popular culture, from opera to television and are considered to be the most significant stories of pre-modern Chinese literature.