Like Gulliver in the land of Lilliput, the women in Wei Dong's paintings seem to be trapped in a shift of the space time continuum, physically dominating the landscapes in which they find themselves. Working in the traditional Chinese media of ink and colour on paper, Wei Dong depicts fleshy women, scantily dressed in garish combinations of masculine garb and feminine lingerie and painted in dense, rich colours, amidst tiny Song-style landscapes painted in tones of grey, black and sepia.

Wei Dong's women accessorize with an extraordinary array of objects culled from Chinese and Western culture: ancient coins and books, dragons and bulldogs, guns and rifles, car logos and cigarette packs, hypodermic needles and safety pins, Ming porcelain and Yixing teapots.

 
 
   
 

In a new group of works in oil on canvas, pearly-skinned women strike revealing pin-up poses amidst brilliant blue-green landscapes, simultaneously reminescent of Italian Renaissance paintings and those of the Chinese Ming dynasty. The clash of images, traditions and values in his compositions is a reflection, Wei Dong says, of contemporary society, where sex, violence and popular culture dominate traditional mores.

 

 

   
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Past works by Wei Dong