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JACKY TSAI | INVESTING IN ART
Famed as the creator of an iconic motif 'the floral skull' for fashion house Alexander McQueen at the age of 24, Chinese artist, Jacky Tsai, is a powerhouse of talent and creativity who has recruited legions of fans across the fields of both art and design. A dynamic artist who constantly evolves his ideas, he is taking his art to the next level, never losing momentum but progressing to create a distinct Pop Art blend of Eastern and Western influences.
 
Here we present a snapshot of the extraordinary career of one of Eyestorm’s most popular artists, and the value gains of the works that have shaped it.
Across twenty-five limited editions of individual designs that our gallery have launched since 2012, almost 1000 hand-printed works have been created with the artist in a five year period. From these prints, approximately 800 have found homes in both public and private collections.
This astonishing feat by the artist who in 2008 earned a Masters from Central St Martin’s yet struggled with English, is only matched by his relentless work ethic, vigilance and unbridled ambition.

It began in 2012 when Tsai resurrected the floral skull design he had commissioned for McQueen. Translated into screen print with financial assistance from Eyestorm, the image was the turning point in his fine art career. Two editions were born; Soul Harvest and Vermilion Garden, which became game-changers in the now steadfast trend of Tsai works increasing in value by 150%, no less than one year from the time the editions sell out. Their sister prints with precious metal leafing, Vermilion Light and Golden Harvest, remain as Tsai’s fastest selling ‘skull’ editions with Eyestorm.
Jacky Tsai

Sanctuary Skull Lenticular , 2017

100(w) x 122(h) cm
39.37(w) x 48.23(h) inches
Lenticular

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Daring to challenge a commercially viable track which would have seen him continue on the floral skull theme, Jacky Tsai changed tack in 2013 and used the leverage of popularity these prints had given him, as a springboard into a new creative realm. He began to confidently define the genre of Pop Art for himself and explored with playfulness at the core, themes of ‘art as object’.

He subverted expectations with novelty and size and the resulting series of over-sized playing cards turned into the longest creative project he has worked on to date, stretching over more than two years. Poker Skull, Gambling Skull, War Skull and Sanctuary Skull comprised fifty-two, uniquely numbered cards in their relevant suites, and they were all sold within six months of each release. Price-points were pushing to the £7000.00 mark for the final few sold and this is when the rest of the art world sat up and took notice. The ‘series-concept’ offering bespoke elements, drew a different calibre of collector who understood the value of an original touch.

Solo shows with two of London’s Bond Street galleries commenced from 2014 and Jacky Tsai continues to be represented by the oldest gallery in London, a gallery with a reputation for having created the original concept of a solo show when it exhibited the Pre-Raphaelite artists now in Tate Britain, at the turn of the 20th century. Maturing his profile with exhibitions of original work which have doubled in value in a two year period, sales of his Eyestorm screen prints have also grown exponentially as these years simultaneously procured the boldest print-work in his quest to fuse cultural extremes. These works comprise the superhero series’ including War War War, Save Empress Wu and the later The Erotic Dream of the Red Chamber and The Affair to the East.
Jacky Tsai

The Erotic Dream of the Red Chamber , 2016

85(w) x 105(h) cm
33.46(w) x 41.34(h) inches
18 colour screenprint on Somerset 410 gsm paper with hand torn edge
Edition of 60
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All are visual-narrative works. Stories from 18th century Chinese literature are cleverly disguised in clashes with Western comic-book characters and prints have been the best-sellers at no less than every single international art fair they have been shown at. Each an edition of 60 averaging a price of £1545.00, when an edition of 60 in 2013 was half of that amount, investment-interest in Tsai prints is persistent.

A city where Tsai work is most collected is Hong Kong, where his original work in particular is earnestly sought after. The city also hosted the launch of his ‘Shanghai Tang Series’, a collaboration with the major lifestyle brand, which saw his designs appear on clothing, accessories and home ware as well as a collection of exclusive Eyestorm limited editions. For the works he resurrected traditional Chinese motifs, again in entirely innovative ways, to produce a series of six distinct, exquisitely detailed designs. With huge commercialization fueling the Eastern economy and awareness of this fact acute in Western society, now is a time in the art world where eyes and minds are fixed on Asia’s booming arts industry. Indeed, a luxury Shanghai cruise-liner adorned with Tsai’s artwork on both its exterior and plush interior, is considered the Titanic of the Pacific waters. The Asian art market is perhaps one step ahead as several individual collectors based on the continent have an average fifteen Tsai works in their collections.
Jacky Tsai

Floral Dragon (Shanghai Tang series) , 2014

73(w) x 73(h) cm
28.74(w) x 28.74(h) inches
4 colour screenprint on Somerset 410gsm paper

Image size: 70 x 70 cm

Edition of 60
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The above timeline gives an overview of Jacky Tsai’s key successes through the years, but in summary, what are the key facts we consider to be his ultimate credentials in terms of collectibility? To answer this question we look at his sales history of the quantity of work sold, over how long and for what value. Weighing up the numbers, they speak for Tsai as having cemented himself as one of Eyestorm’s most successfully male artist since Damien Hirst in 2000 and Antony Micallef in 2005 - both artists who have received worldwide critical acclaim for their print editions released with Eyestorm. Where Tsai has exemplified serious technical ability, his collectors have responded the best. NY Cityscape Stamp, where the Statue of Liberty emerges from the image when the lights are out and the glow-in-the-dark ink comes to the fore.
Jacky Tsai

NY Cityscape Stamp , 2016

84(w) x 100(h) cm
33.07(w) x 39.37(h) inches
10 colour screenprint with glow in the dark ink and varnish on Somerset Satin 410 gsm paper with hand cut-out edges

Unique prints from a series of 33, each with a different printed number ¢1-¢33
Edition of 33
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The kinetic 3D hologram of his Chinese Floral Skull Lenticular has performed even better with a current value of £8500.00 and sixteen editions in collections including that of a certain Formula One director and a New York Real Estate billionaire.

Jacky Tsai is an artist who has remarkably pooled together the resources of traditional Chinese art and craft to realize his creations in the West, which are finalized and distributed from London around the globe. It is at this juncture of cross-cultural art where his work resonates and our gallery have plans for new prints as well as original work in series. As eyes look to the major auction houses next for a benchmark between private collectors and trading standard for his original work, the ones that know and invest in him now are reaping the rewards. Indeed, the fact we haven’t yet seen him at Christie’s, Bonhams or Sotheby’s is perhaps one of the current Pop and Contemporary Art world collectors’ best kept secret. Guaranteed exposure will happen though, it only takes one lot-sale and a simple matter of time.
Jacky Tsai

Puppets , 2016

115(w) x 63(h) cm
45.28(w) x 24.80(h) inches
18 colour screenprint on Somerset satin 410 gsm paper with hand torn edge

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Although Jacky’s work has not made its presence felt yet at public auction, it’s making its mark globally and has an established presence in the United States. In November 2016 Eyestorm hosted ‘Culture Clash’, a debut solo show in New York City where the artist had original lacquer, porcelain, embroidery, painting, and screen print works. The show’s dominant sales were of the show’s name-sake screen print, Culture Clash, which shows a dynamic collision of Western fighter-planes with gods from the East. Pow Pow Pow with its gleaming gold speech bubble paid homage to Tsai’s Pop Art hero, Roy Lichtenstein, who was born in Manhattan and who spear-headed the new art movement with the likes of Andy Warhol during the 1960s. Puppets delivered the most robust colour palette at the show and provided intrigue with its whimsical and political connotations, so much so that it caught the eye of a Los Angeles gallery where Tsai now has a solo show in 2018.
Jacky Tsai

Pow Pow Pow , 2016

86(w) x 105(h) cm
33.86(w) x 41.34(h) inches
19 colour screenprint with 24 carat gold leaf on Somerset 410 gsm paper. Hand torn edge
Edition of 60
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In 2017, the energy of the superhero series mellowed to make way for the entirely new; The Revival and its sister print, Golden Revival which both form the unusual shape of an arc, or ‘fan’. When first created over 3,000 years ago, Chinese fans were simply used to block the sun and keep cool but they evolved into works of art, status symbols, props for theatre and dance, romantic gifts, and memorial symbols. Fans are now viewed as good luck charms and expressions of generosity, for the Chinese calligraphy character for the word "fan" has the same sound as the character for "kindness" or "good." Jacky Tsai created his works to express an idea of enlightenment through death to revival, a core theme throughout his work. We see a subtle skull image in the rock on the left and glorious vision of the head of Buddha on the right, outlined in peony flowers.

The skull, enlightenment and peace are themes for 2017, also played out in the Sanctuary Skull Lenticular which is based on the artwork that Tsai created in 2015 for his ‘Sanctuary Skull’ playing card. For this work, the ‘best skull of my career’ according to the artist, Tsai transformed his popular image into a three dimensional world by presenting it as a Lenticular. Changing colours and movement are added into the detail of the piece giving life to some of the individual characters and elements. Sanctuary Skull Lenticular received a fantastic response from visitors at the London Art Fair where it was first shown at the beginning of the year and it has since been the most collected work as only a few remain in the edition of 33. Using the structural basis of architecture as subject matter, the work addresses fundamental questions about religious and spiritual differences, as Tsai continues to push the boundaries of his creativity.
Jacky Tsai

The Revival , 2017

120(w) x 64(h) cm
47.24(w) x 25.20(h) inches
18 colour screenprint on Somerset 410 gsm paper

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