Qin Qi - 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale in Association with Poly Auction Hong Kong Sunday, June 6, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Chinese artist Qin Qi’s oeuvre can be characterised by surrealist still lifes, landscapes and elements of nature placed in startling, defamiliarised environments. He experiments with familiar forms and reconfigures their pictorial language, assembling these varied subjects to depict the coexistence of different worlds in inventive compositions. The viewer is transported to a new dimension as he frees things from their everyday contexts, and conjoins otherwise logically disparate elements, such as a white goose and a bed, to manifest impossible realities. Qin Qi rejects paintings as mere illustrations or descriptions of a scene; instead, he sees them as a narrative and analysis of the multifaceted human experience. A visual thinker, his work is permeated with a sense of ambiguity as he represents the subtleties and complexities of the human consciousness through his play of visual form and structure.


    Upon his graduation from the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts in 2002, Qin Qi received acclaim for the unique sensitivity and technical sophistication shown in his graduation thesis, The Horse that Fell in Love with Performing. After receiving his Master’s degree he now teaches at the Academy. Qin Qi’s recent solo exhibitions include 'Fragrance of the Night’ at Tang Contemporary Art (Hong Kong, 2019), ‘Qin Qi’ at Platform China (Beijing, 2014), and ‘Chairs Can Save Lives’ at Minsheng Art Museum (Shanghai, 2011).


    • Provenance

      Platform China, Beijing
      Private Collection, Asia
      Christie's, Hong Kong, 26 May 2019, lot 460
      Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

    • Literature

      Qin Qi, Qin Qi, Beijing, 2015 pp. 146-147 (illustrated)


White Goose

signed and dated 'qin qi 2014' lower right; further signed and dated 'Qin Qi [in Chinese] 2014' on the reverse
oil on canvas
100 x 150 cm. (39 3/8 x 59 in.)
Painted in 2014.

Full Cataloguing

HK$200,000 - 300,000 

Sold for HK$378,000

Contact Specialist

Danielle So
Associate Specialist, Head of Day Sale

20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale in Association with Poly Auction

Hong Kong Auction 7 June 2021