Qiu Jie | the artist
The artist Qiu Jie
Born 1961, Shanghai, China.
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Saatchi Gallery.<br />Qius Portrait of Mao is a humorous play on words: mao means cat in Chinese. In traditional Chinese painting, an image of a cat holds special significance. Often coupled with a butterfly (to create mao-di or long life), it can be used to bestow a blessing. Rendered with the pastoral detail and calligraphy inscription of Song Dynasty masterworks, Qius drawing takes equal inspiration from eastern philosophies of beauty and wisdom and the kitsch populism of western artists such as Cassius Coolidge (of Dogs Playing Poker fame). Meticulously drafted in lead on paper, Qius sentimental homage offers a surrealist vision thats alchemically toxic, and seductively coy.
Almost every artist draws and sketches at some time. But many drawings and sketches are forgotten, dismissed or thrown away. They are drafts, preliminaries. However, under the hands of artist Qiu Jie, drawings are large, magnificent artworks of dignity, detail and power…
Qiu Jie (1961, Chine, vit à Genève) est installé en Suisse depuis dix ans. Il crée des dessins de très grande dimension, composés de feuilles juxtaposées les unes aux autres…
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