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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, UK

  • Catalogue Essay

    “From soft transitions of ink using shades of gray, wave formations
    in royal blue and purple, to the lines in a woodcut, scratched into the
    material, in each work the artist achieves a redefinition of the visual
    space. There is a similar thematic breadth to the way people are shown
    responding to the water. Alongside works that show threatening
    situations, the artist also depicts swimming people with something
    that is otherwise impossible: flowing movements and relaxed faces.
    Attention is not focused on the outside, but is rather directed inward.
    Here, the harsh contours that normally separate people from each other
    and their surroundings have disappeared, replaced by a symbiotic
    flowing together. This dissolving effect of the water, liberating from
    all earthly weight, is fundamentally different from the way Fang
    Lijun represents the sky. Cloud formations move before a royal blue
    background. Colourful flowers lend the scenes a strangely fantastic
    appearance.”
    (U. Münter, Kaleidoscopic Reality Paintings, Woodcuts: Sculpture by Fang
    Lijun, Berlin and Beijing: Alexander Ochs Galleries, 2006)

164

1997.10.1

1997
Acrylic on canvas.
46 × 51 cm (18 1/8 × 20 1/8 in).
Signed in Chinese and dated ‘Fang Lijun 1997.10.1’ lower right; further signed in Chinese and dated ‘Fang Lijun 1997’ on
the reverse.

Estimate
£50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for £75,650

Contemporary Art Day Sale

28 June
London