Sunday, February 17, 2008

PAINTING CHINA NOW by Ondrej Brody & Kristofer Paetau

Painting China Now is a collection of thirty new oil paintings by Ondrej Brody & Kristofer Paetau. These works, depicting instances of violence inflicted by the Chinese government upon their own citizens, are rendered with a breathtaking realism. Such masterful craft and handling of paint has become alien to the west, specifically in our contemporary arts, provoking the artists to commission a professional Chinese craftsman via the internet to realize the paintings for a cheap price and to import them to Europe. The results are beautiful, seductive and desirable works whose motivation, through suggesting 'painterly qualities', is in fact to embody the realities of capitalist profit and political oppression in a painting.
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