Dragon in Water
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.