Descendant

Chinese Australian artist Fan Dongwang describes the objects in Descendants have been lent the imagery of “heads, eyes, mouths, arms, legs and tails,” projecting an animate quality to fabricate the unidentifiable biomorphic bodies. The constructed beings may thus be akin to the insect/bird/fish/human/machine hybrids that can be extended indefinitely by inventing new versions under the theme of Descendants. The entire composition of Descendants becomes a much-manipulated reassemblage of some limited simple mechanical forms to trigger the viewer’s interest. The strictly geometrical shapes thus have the ambiguous effect of an autonomous being. 

All paintings are acrylic on canvas.

Descendant 133 x 133 cm
Descendant 133 x 133 cm

Fan Dongwang, Winner of the 2006 Mosman Art Prize.

Red Environment #1, 114x180cm
Red Environment #1, 114x180cm

Fan Dongwang, collection Wollongong City Gallery

Descendant Coding System 124 x 180cm
Descendant Coding System 124 x 180cm

Fan Dongwang, collection Curtin University

Red Environment #3, 180x254 cm
Red Environment #3, 180x254 cm

Fan Dongwang

Shout in the Dark #1, 124x182 cm
Shout in the Dark #1, 124x182 cm

Fan Dongwang

Shout in the Dark #2, 117x170 cm
Shout in the Dark #2, 117x170 cm

Fan Dongwang

Descendant Black Shadow 124x181 cm
Descendant Black Shadow 124x181 cm

Fan Dongwang

Red Environment #3, 150x150 cm
Red Environment #3, 150x150 cm

Fan Dongwang, Artbank collection.

Dragon & Phoenix 120x180cm
Dragon & Phoenix 120x180cm

Fan Dongwang

Fan Dongwang and his painting
Fan Dongwang and his painting

Dragon & Phoenix 120x180cm

Sculptural Painting 124x181 cm
Sculptural Painting 124x181 cm

Fan Dongwang

Fan Dongwang in his Perth Studio
Fan Dongwang in his Perth Studio