Ah Xian┬áis a Chinese artist who lives and works in Sydney, Australia. His field is the ancient Chinese craft of porcelain making, but the artist had added a twist of his own: he uses porcelain to shape human busts.
In his craft, Mr. Xian often uses busts of his own family members, such as his wife, brother and father. Then he uses porcelain to imprint traditional designs on the busts, using a vivid cobalt blue glaze, which you will find familiar from images of classic Chinese porcelain articles. Here is what Asia Society has to say about his style:
These sculptures by Ah Xian establish a series of multilayered oppositions. The most overt is the tension between the sculptural form of the bust and the painted surface designs, which the artist likens to the oppositions of West and East. The bust is part of a Western portraiture tradition dating back to the busts of ancient Roman times and the designs are derived from Chinese decorative traditions, unique to China and in some cases to the studio-kilns at Jingdezhen. Such an opposition can also be seen as the relationship between the personal (since many of the busts are of Ah Xian’s family, including his wife, brother, and father) and the political (a statement about the artist’s own Chinese heritage articulated outside China).
The works presented below are mostly collected from the artist’s Human Human┬áand China China┬áseries. Incredible… (Scroll down for the video.)
And here is the video:
You can see many more of Ah Xian’s works on at Craft Australia.
Via I Need a Guide.
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