Guo Wei - Under the Influence New York Monday, March 31, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Catalogue Essay

    Born in Sichuan Province in 1960, Guo Wei has exhibited internationally since 1988 and is recognized as one of the leading artists to have graduated from the elite Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts. Like his brother Guo Jin, Guo Wei’s paintings frequently depict children.
    His compositions are realistic, resembling photographs, yet upon closer inspection, reveal disturbing contortions of the body and indistinct facial expressions that may surprise the viewer. His “Indoor: Mosquito and Moth” series intimately depict the subject of his daughter and friends at play. Trapped in their clinical, monochromatic surroundings they are acutely self-aware–a feeling of isolation and restlessness pervades, enhanced by the insects littered throughout.
    Guo Wei's work is represented in numerous institutions including the Gori Foundation, Florence, Italy, the Guy and Miriam Ullens Foundation, Brussels, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Guo Wei currently lives and works in Sichuan Province, China. 


Indoor: Mosquito and Moth, No. 25

Acrylic on canvas.
78 3/4 x 70 4/5 in. (200 x 179.8 cm).
Signed and dated lower right. 

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $49,000

Under the Influence

31 Mar 2008, 10am & 2pm
New York