Dragon

Fan Dongwang & his Dragon painting
Fan Dongwang & his Dragon painting
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Dragon 180 x 180 cm
Dragon 180 x 180 cm

Fan Dongwang, collection macquarie university Australia

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Dragon Head-Yellow 180 x 180 cm
Dragon Head-Yellow 180 x 180 cm

Fan Dongwang

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Dragon Head-Centre 180 x 180 cm
Dragon Head-Centre 180 x 180 cm

Fan Dongwang

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Dragon Head-Red 180 x 180 cm
Dragon Head-Red 180 x 180 cm

Fan Dongwang

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Jade Dragon 180 x 180 cm
Jade Dragon 180 x 180 cm

Fan Dongwang

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Dragon 180 x 180 cm
Dragon 180 x 180 cm

Fan Dongwang

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China Maze 180 x 180 cm
China Maze 180 x 180 cm

Fan Dongwang

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Dragon Head - Orange 180 x 180 cm
Dragon Head - Orange 180 x 180 cm

Fan Dongwang

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Jade Tiger 180 x 180 cm
Jade Tiger 180 x 180 cm

Fan Dongwang

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Dragon Head 140 x 140 cm
Dragon Head 140 x 140 cm

Fan Dongwang, Winner Liverpool Art Prize 2002

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Yellow Dragon 150 x 150 cm (detail)
Yellow Dragon 150 x 150 cm (detail)

Fan Dongwang

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Chinese Australian artist Fan Dongwang's Dragon paintings depict this very important icon of Chinese culture often seen in jade and ivory carvings. Fan Dongwang views these traditional images as not only beautiful, but also as powerful symbols of nationhood. It is through these symbols that the past continues to have a bearing on the present as well as the future. The dragon often evokes different and ambiguous meanings among many cultures. In China it represents the emperor’s unchallenged power and authority, while in the West it is often viewed as representative of evil spirits. The dragon represents the emerging Chinese cultural identity, expresses the artist's feelings towards contemporary China and the revival of its traditional culture. This work enables Fan Dongwang to develop a constantly shifting perspective of the east and west that gives him the ability to develop a unique visual language reflecting his ambivalence towards his identity. 

This canvas series of large, bright, Chinese symbols – like the carnavalesque Chinese Dragon – is suggestive of post-pop in its boldness and post-modernism in its fragmentation, whilst connoting traditional Chinese low relief minature carvings in its subject matter and three-dimensional impact. This sculptural effect is in fact a trademark throughout the paintings. “It’s my visual language, it’s like carving. When I do a painting I use a brush thinking of it as a knife carving the surface, to bring it up or deep down so it has a three dimensional illusion.” Fan Dongwang

 

All paintings are acrylic on canvas.