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JACKY TSAI | RELEASE OF 'THE REVIVAL' AND 'GOLDEN REVIVAL'

April 14th 2017
Jacky Tsai’s new editions ‘The Revival’, an edition of 60, and ‘Golden Revival’, an edition of just 18 with hand-applied gold leafing, replicate the format of a fan to reference traditional Chinese art. Read more below.

2016 was a busy year for Jacky Tsai, with two solo exhibitions in London and New York and the release of seven screenprints. Much of the works created during this time, whether original lacquer carvings or limited editions, were very energetic; superheroes featured heavily in fighting scenes, with bold primary colours against dark backdrops. The imagery was masculine and dynamic with highly spirited characters taking centre stage to form the artist’s desired narratives.

Tsai’s outlook for 2017 is a very different one. Taking a softer approach, the two new Eyestorm editions, The Revival and Golden Revival, mark the beginning of a new series of works about reincarnation. Featuring a landscape made up of pink peonies, birds, butterflies and delicate green foliage wrapped around dusty blue unobtrusive rockery, the image is the same in both editions, aside from the background sky which is made up of hand-applied gold leaf in Golden Revival as opposed to being printed with pale pearlescent inks in The Revival.

As with many of Tsai’s works, the clever composition includes hidden imagery which is not immediately noticeable at first glance. On the left, concealed in the rocky landscape, is an image of a skull - a tribute, says the artist, to his iconic floral skull made famous by British fashion designer Alexander McQueen on the 10th anniversary of its creation. To the right hand side at the top of the image in subtle rose tones made from flowers and leaves, the face of Buddha has been formed, looking towards the centre of the print towards the skull.

The presence of Buddha and the skull forms the basis of Tsai’s ideas associated with revival. For him, the skull represents death, and Buddha symbolises moving over to the next life, ultimately taking the fear out of the idea of dying. With the skull an emblem used predominantly in the West and Buddha a symbol of the East, these works continue to create a dialogue between the two cultures, as seen in much of Tsai’s previous works. This is reiterated with other small elements of the composition; the war plane an emblem of the West, the style of the clouds and the flowers very reminiscent of those seen in Eastern style art.

The image as a whole takes the shape of a fan, referencing classical Chinese art and craft. Since their creation 3,000 years ago, in the East, the fan gradually evolved from a practical item to block the sun into a work of art, often seen as a status symbol. Fans were used as props for theatre and dance, given as romantic gifts and viewed as good luck charms. Tsai said this is a brave piece for him due to the fact that he has transformed this traditional Chinese object into something very contemporary, in terms of both style and concept.

The Revival and Golden Revival are available to buy online at launch prices of £1280.00 and £2400.00 respectively. See the works in more detail, along with other available works by Jacky Tsai on his artist’s page here.
ANGIE DAVEY
Creative Director
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