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JACKY TSAI | 'DREAM IN THE DESERTED GARDEN' | NEW PRINT EDITIONS
November 30th 2018
It has been a decade since Chinese-born artist Jacky Tsai made his name internationally with his infamous ‘Floral Skull’ designed for Alexander McQueen. Since this whirlwind beginning, Tsai has established himself as one of the most exciting emerging artists on the contemporary art scene with collectors on three continents; America, Asia and Europe.
by Tessa Yee
PRINT EDITION RELEASE
Working with Jacky Tsai for over seven years, Eyestorm has been fortunate to be part of the artist’s growing success. Since his first Skull series, he has continued to explore the themes of life and death, developing this motif alongside contrasting imagery including traditional Chinese patterns and comic-style superheroes. Tsai’s unique pop-art interpretation that takes influences from both Eastern and Western cultures is now widely recognised as his own trademark style.

This month to coincide with the opening of his Tsai’s solo exhibition in London, we are releasing two new print editions by Jacky Tsai titled Dream in the Deserted Garden (Vermilion) and Dream in the Deserted Garden (Blue). In this exciting new release we see the return of the skull motif 10 years after its original inception - now reincarnated alongside beautiful new imagery.
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Dream in the Deserted Garden (Blue), 2018

Edition of 28
6 Artist Proof (APs)

94(w) x 95(h) cm
37.01(w) x 37.40(h) inches
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Jacky Tsai (Chinese, b. 1984)
94(w) x 95(h) cm
37.01(w) x 37.40(h) inches
6 colour screenprint with 24-carat gold and silver leaf and hand-torn edges.

Signed and numbered on front by the artist.

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Edition of 28
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Dream in the Deserted Garden is inspired by ‘The Peony Pavilion’, a Chinese opera originating from the Ming Dynasty. A tragic romantic-comedy, ‘The Peony Pavilion’ tells the story of a young maiden Du Liniang who, whilst taking a walk in a beautiful walled garden, falls asleep and encounters a scholar (Liu Mengmei) in her dream. The two fall in love and ignite a passionate romance. So strong is their love, that when Du Liniang wakes up from her dream, she becomes consumed with lovesickness - eventually leading to her tragic death.

Tsai’s Dream in the Deserted Garden recreates this garden paradise - a wonderland that can only exist in a dream. The artist depicts not Du Liniang’s dream world, but his own - one that is inspired by his personal memories alongside traditional Chinese motifs. Amongst the beautiful flowers, peacocks and trees are images from Tsai’s childhood. He creates a kind of retro-futuristic setting - a Nintendo Gameboy, a dated aerial television, and a Shanghai Brand watch are all symbols of the early 80s and a reminder of the artist’s past. The artwork imitates the surreal and often bizarre nature of the dream, intertwining these contrasting symbols of East and West, traditional and modern cultures. The intricate drawing invites viewers to get lost in the details - to try to decode the meaning of the individual objects and figures. Yet, like a dream there is no real meaning or sense of order, and so instead, we become lost in Tsai’s wonderland.

As you pull back from the detail, the foreboding image of the skull is revealed - a reminder of mortality and the dream world as impermanent. This central skull motif - a development of Tsai’s original ‘Floral Skull’, represents the idea of decayed beauty, an important theme that has permeated almost all of the artist’s work over the past 10 years. In this case, it is a reminder that, like in ‘The Peony Pavilion’, he will wake up at any moment and this beautiful dream-world that Tsai has created, will only exist as a faded memory.
JACKY TSAI
Dream in the Deserted Garden (Vermilion), 2018

Edition of 28
6 Artist Proof (APs)

94(w) x 95(h) cm
37.01(w) x 37.40(h) inches
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Jacky Tsai (Chinese, b. 1984)
94(w) x 95(h) cm
37.01(w) x 37.40(h) inches
6 colour screenprint with 24-carat gold and silver leaf and hand-torn edges.

Signed and numbered on front by the artist.

To see larger and more detailed image (2.5Mb file opens in new window), please click here
Edition of 28
PRICE
$ 3,725.00
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Jacky Tsai’s use of flat line and drawing to create a sense of depth and movement in these two new editions is a unique development for the artist. Where he has previously explored depth through the use of three-dimensional sculptures as well as lenticular printing, here Tsai uses more subtle techniques. The objects and figures within the work are carefully layered and entangled through detailed drawing, and Tsai’s simple use of flat colour including reflective gold and silver leaf, means certain features pop forward, while others recess. As your eyes explore this piece, different objects come in and out of focus depending on how they reflect the light on the page. This creates a unique sense of movement, bringing the image to life.

Dream in the Deserted Garden is released as limited edition screen-prints in two different colour variations - vermilion red and blue. Tsai explains the contrast of these colours as characterising the two opposing worlds that influences his work: that of traditional Chinese imagery - represented by the red palette; and that of the modern Western world - represented by the blue. Another interpretation is to see these contrasting colour schemes as different stages of the dream: the red depicts the beginning of the dream world, when the images are vibrant and alive; the blue then represents the moment when we start to wake up and the dreamland begins to fade away, losing focus and slipping into darkness.

Tsai creates a fantastical world for us through these works - one that seems almost unimaginable and unattainable in its beauty. While Du Liniang was unable to return to her dream world in ‘The Peony Pavilion’, Tsai is able to capture his own through these drawings, allowing us to return again and again to the garden of his dreams.

You can find the two new print editions, Dream in the Deserted Garden (Vermilion) and Dream in the Deserted Garden (Blue) on Jacky Tsai’s artist page here.
 
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