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Day 297: The Enchantment # 10, by Guan Wei

Day 297: The Enchantment # 10, by Guan Wei

The Enchantment #10, by Guan Wei, comes from the artist’s eponymous solo exhibition, on view at ARC One until 10 November. My admiration of this artist’s works began the first time I encountered them at the John McCaughey Memorial Art Prize at the National Gallery Victoria in 1997. Since then I closely followed his career and the gradual progress of his pictorial language and visual symbolism, which are arguably unique in the annals of Australian art.

The Enchantment #10, as well as other works in the exhibition, features a number of elements that reverberate throughout Guan Wei’s oeuvre and reflect his background and cultural heritage – the omnipresent Supreme Being; schematised, abstracted silhouettes of faceless human beings; anthropomorphic animals of the Chinese calendar; as well as lotus flowers and cloud formations that are inspired by traditional Chinese scroll paintings. However, contemporary popular culture icons increasingly invade the pictorial space, and the traditional symbolism coexists side by side with computer-generated imagery from cartoons and video games. Guan Wei’s innate feeling for delicately-balanced colour schemes and clarity of execution remain; the visible pentimenti bear witness to the evolving creative processes within each work.

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[© Eugene Barilo von Reisberg 2012; where applicable, images are courtesy of the artists and their galleries.]

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