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Jacky Tsai

Soul Harvest, 2012


94(w) x 95(h) cm
37.01(w) x 37.40(h) inches
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5 colour screenprint with hand torn edges on Somerset Satin 410 gsm paper

Image size: 80cm x 80 cm

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Jacky Tsai Biography

Skilful fusion of traditional Chinese artistic techniques and references to western Pop Art has lead to Jacky Tsai's complex and vibrant style. Clearly influenced by the artist’s move to London from his native China in his early 20’s, Tsai’s work embraces the two cultural extremes by harmoniously fusing social imagery associated with East and West to produce conceptually and aesthetically rich works.

A dedicated and tenacious temperament has led to Tsai mastering an impressive range of intricate techniques including traditional Chinese guohua painting, mono printing, screen printing, silk embroidery, cloisonne lacquering, sculpture and painted porcelain. Hand finishing prints with gold and palladium leaf, or using glow in the dark inks he is willing to innovate and utilizes his repertoire of skills to consistently purvey his vision of balance and unity between societies.

Playing with perspective he builds up imagined landscapes, layering found images and his own painting, with a dually graphic and painterly eye. Bright psychedelic colours and collaged effect adds a Tropicália aesthetic compositionally to works such as ‘Flying Tiger’, where Chinese dragons and Jackie Chan lookalikes in martial arts poses share the frame with a cascade of American fighter planes, girls swinging from rope trapeze and tropical birds.

A desire to transform attitudes of fear and superstition related to death and decay, prevalent in Chinese culture, has lead Tsai to consciously promote the beauty within the symbol of skull. Craniums consumed by flowers, birds and butterflies, all representing regeneration and rebirth are a a reoccurring theme throughout his screen prints and sculptures, including ‘Vermilion Light, 2013, as well as the iconic skull image made for late British fashion designer Alexander McQueen, 2008, which gained him wide press attention.

Tsai's fixation with flawlessness, coupled with sharp graphic skills is exemplified in ‘Stained Glass Skull’ which pioneers potentially challenging ideas of religious fusion. The skull, rife with pagan symbols, is placed in the context of a Christian church stained glass window, whilst giving the appearance of an illuminated Calaveraor Mexican ‘Sugar Skull’. The work is possibly his most daring achievement in his quest to fuse cultural extremes.

In 2011 Tsai set up his own luxury fashion label, Jacky Tsai, which sees him place his art imagery onto clothing and accessories with the aim to create "artlevel" fashion products for collectors of both exclusive fashion and art. The label has become increasingly popular and is represented in high-end London department store Harvey Nichols. Collaborations with high-profile brands include D1 Gin and Shanghi Tang. Eyestorm worked in conjunction with the latter to produce an exclusive set of limited edition prints which complement the collection Tasi designed for their 2014 range.

Born in China in 1984, Tsai grew up in Shanghai and after completing his BA at the China Academy of Art, moved to London to study MA Illustration at Central St Martin’s, graduating in 2008. His debut London solo show in 2010 proved to be a success and in the summer of the following year he showed two works with Eyestorm in a private event at the prestigious Mayfair Hotel where both pieces were sold. Eyestorm exhibits and sells his work in Hong Kong, New York, Singapore and London.


The Shanghai Tang series is a collaboration with contemporary artist Jacky Tsai and Eyestorm to create a series of original artworks. Inspired by the vibrant beauty of nature, the six pieces are filled with colourful energy and reflect the optimism of modern China. Discover more here
 
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October 23rd 2015
Jacky Tsai's highly anticipated Sanctuary Skull is the final series in his collection of oversized playing cards, having made its debut at Multiplied art fair last week. Angie talks more about the work below.
November 15th 2013
Stained Glass Skull, our stunning new screenprint edition by Jacky Tsai, sees the Chinese artist continue to explore the skull motif as he recreates it in the pattern of a stained glass window, commonly associated with churches and cathedrals in Western culture.
December 12th 2015
Jacky Tsai’s ‘Kissers’ series features two 3D versions of his iconic Chinese Floral Skull leaning towards each other as if about to embrace. Each of the eight pieces has a hand-painted background, making it completely different to the other seven works in the series and a unique piece.
October 3rd 2015
Jacky Tsai’s eagerly-awaited new screenprint is the paper version of the stunning Chinese Floral Skull image that appeared on his spectacular lenticular work released last month.
RECENT NEWS ARTICLES
February 6th 2016
Titled ‘Bang Bang Girls’, Delphine Lebourgeois’ new limited edition print is our first new release of 2016, and sees the artist introduce comic book references while continuing to explore ideas of protection, defence and intervention.
February 3rd 2016
The fifth annual Palm Springs Fine Art Fair returns to the Palm Springs Convention Center from 11th-14th February, where 40 galleries will present their work.
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