Gum Tree

Fan Dongwang and his Gum Tree
Fan Dongwang and his Gum Tree

Fan Dongwang and his painting Gum Tree Triptych 180 x 388 cm.

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Gum Tree Triptych 180 x 388 cm
Gum Tree Triptych 180 x 388 cm

Fan Dongwang

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Gum Tree Triptych (Left) 180 x 124cm
Gum Tree Triptych (Left) 180 x 124cm

Fan Dongwang

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Gum Tree Triptych (Centre) 180x140cm
Gum Tree Triptych (Centre) 180x140cm

Fan Dongwang

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Gum Tree Triptych (Right) 180x124 cm
Gum Tree Triptych (Right) 180x124 cm

Fan Dongwang

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Gum Tree (Two Figures) 150 x 150 cm
Gum Tree (Two Figures) 150 x 150 cm

Fan Dongwang

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Gum Tree #4 (Nine Panels), 151x151cm
Gum Tree #4 (Nine Panels), 151x151cm

Fan Dongwang (each 50 x 50 cm)

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Gum Tree #3, 138 x 156 cm
Gum Tree #3, 138 x 156 cm

Fan Dongwang

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Gum Tree #6 (withPalmTree), 180x90cm
Gum Tree #6 (withPalmTree), 180x90cm

Fan Dongwang - Gum Tree #6 (with Palm Tree), 180 x 90 cm (2 panels 90 x 90 cm Each)

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Gum Tree #11, Acrylic Board 61x47 cm
Gum Tree #11, Acrylic Board 61x47 cm

Fan Dongwang

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Gum Tree#5, 122 x 122 cm
Gum Tree#5, 122 x 122 cm

Fan Dongwang

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Gum Tree #8, 90 x 72 cm
Gum Tree #8, 90 x 72 cm

Fan Dongwang

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Gum Tree #9, 68 x 67 cm
Gum Tree #9, 68 x 67 cm

Fan Dongwang

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Gum Tree #10, 76 x 51 cm
Gum Tree #10, 76 x 51 cm

Fan Dongwang

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Gum Tree #7, 90 x 70 cm
Gum Tree #7, 90 x 70 cm

Fan Dongwang

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Chinese Australian artist Fan Dongwang's gum trees are ambiguous living things akin to human beings. Standing close to them in the twilight light and looking up, the artist sees their solemn tree trunks dance in the wind, their well caressed bodies transforming into awe inspiring human bodies. For Fan Dongwang gum trees are painterly subjects too, with the strokes breaking free with colours subtle yet vivid. The dazzling light portrays branches as narrow roads winding skyward, leading to a heavenly and spiritual perspective. I use unique Chinese relief carving techniques to depict the Australian gum tree, applying the paint brush as chisel to carve out its body shape and to create strong visual illusions. By composing three dimensional images within the narrow dimensions of the canvas surface, Fan Dongwang endeavours to achieve a special perspective and aesthetic. I try new ways of using old traditions to provide Australians with a different perspective of their trees and country. The great ‘Australian landscape’ tradition, being such a strong part of the European vision of Australia, has now embraced indigenous views of the landscape and will become even stronger when the Asian artistic perspective joins in. The Gum Tree tries to help Australians to understand the cultural differences and universal human experiences embodied within the representation of our environment, as well as establishing Fan Dongwang's ambivalent identity as a Chinese-Australian artist.

 

All paintings are acrylic on canvas.