"Descendant includes paintings and sculptures that examine cultural ambiguity through the visual representation of computer-generated objects. Descendant are living creatures that resemble mechanical parts or children’s toys. They have been given marks of “heads, eyes, mouths, arms, legs and tails” which project an animate quality to fabricate the unidentifiable autonomous being. The constructed beings thus may be akin to the insect/bird/fish/human/machine hybrids that represent a kind of futuristic creature. These objects are the descendants of artistic imagination and technological manipulation.

The objects are surrounded by the background flowers taken from traditional Chinese brocade patterns. The objects are presented in a diverse and fluid environment to portray a balance between the beauty and disturbance, certainty and ambiguity.

Descendant explores the techniques of traditional Chinese painting, ivory carving, and western oil painting are utilized to display cultural difference. In the representation of 3D objects on a 2D plane, Chinese ivory relief carving transcribes onto the surface of ivory panel the landscapes paralleling those found in Chinese paintings. It is a process in which the artist subtracts, or cuts away, superfluous material until the desired form or depth is reached. The Chinese artists have created a brilliant technique of composing a landscape and figures with restricted volume and depth strongly affected by the narrow dimensions of the ivory used. In Descendant I paint the same way as I have learned from ivory carving - to use the brush to ‘carve’ [paint] out the painting surface, as if carving an ivory relief or low relief sculpture. Thus to bring out a sense of 3D volume on the 2D surface, a visual illusionism expressed in the traditional Chinese art."

Fan Dongwang 2005

 

*prices valid 2005

descendant - fish + bird
wood sculpture
34 x 70 x 15cm
1995
$NFS

descendant - white figure
wood sculpture
60 x 32 x 14cm
1995
$NFS

descendant - transfigure
acrylic on canvas
180 x 146cm
1996
$11000
descendant - coding system
acrylic on canvas
120 x 180 cm
2005
$9000
acquired by curtin university
descendant - shout
wood sculpture
42 x 20 x 10cm
1995
$NFS
descendant - black head
wood and rubber
29 x 31 x 17cm
1995
$NFS
descendant - black shadow
acrylic on canvas
124 x 181cm
2004
$9000

descendant - sculptural painting
acrylic on canvas
120 x 180cm
2005
$9000

descendant - double faces
wood sculpture
48 x 29 x 8cm
2005
$4500
descendant - elephant
wood sculpture
47 x 28 x 12cm
2005
$4500
descendant - sea creature
acrylic on canvas
120 x 180cm
2005
$9000

descendant - phoenix + dragon
acrylic on canvas
120 x 180cm
2005
$9000

descendant - runner
acrylic on canvas
51 x 76cm
2005
$2500
descendant - butterfly
acrylic on canvas
61 x 61cm
2005
$2500
descendant - double faces
acrylic on canvas
61 x 61cm
2005
$2500

descendant - dream
acrylic on canvas
61 x 61cm
2005
$2500

descendant - bird#1
acrylic on canvas
61 x 61cm
2005
$2500
descendant - bird#2
acrylic on canvas
61 x 61cm
2005
$2500
descendant - fish
acrylic on canvas
51 x 76cm
2005
$2500
descendant - elephants
acrylic on canvas
61 x 92cm
2005
$3500
descendant - red figure
acrylic on canvas
104 x 82cm
2005
$4500 SOLD
descendant - three heads
acrylic on canvas
61 x 92cm
2005
$3500
descendant - face
acrylic on canvas
61 x 61cm
2005
$2500
descendant - horse
acrylic on canvas
61 x 61cm
2005
$2500

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