Dragon in Water

Dragon In Water 140 x 142 cm
Dragon In Water 140 x 142 cm

Fan Dongwang, 2013 Art Gallery NSW Sulman prize finalist

Dragon In Water Triptych
Dragon In Water Triptych

Fan Dongwang, 180 x 430 cm

Dragon In Water Triptych
Dragon In Water Triptych

Fan Dongwang - Dragon In Water Triptych Installation View.

Dragon In Water Triptych (Lift))
Dragon In Water Triptych (Lift))

Fan Dongwang, 180 x 124 cm

Dragon In Water Triptych (Middle)
Dragon In Water Triptych (Middle)

Fan Dongwang, 180 x 180 cm

Dragon In Water Triptych (Right)
Dragon In Water Triptych (Right)

Fan Dongwang, 180 x 124 cm

Chinese Australian artist Fan Dongwang's Dragon in Water is a departure from tradition. Here dragons are aquatic creatures living in water with fluid and hybrid identities, using their wisdom to navigate the terrain of ongoing change. Here the water is the environment, the agent for change. Water dissolves and transforms the old into the new. The traditional Chinese icons have developed in to a new kind of postmodern dragon: one that is disintegrated and reintegrated. It reflects China today; a mixture of traditional and modern, Eastern and Western cultures. The Dragon has not diminished but re-emerged onto an unprecedented level. The colours are richer and at the same time subtle and the composition has quite complex layers as though the dragon is coming and going into many different realms. This icon of power and protection acquires a new dual meaning of capitalism and globalization.

 

All paintings are acrylic on canvas.