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Title

Magnanimous - Blue

2016

Artist

Su Xiaobai

China

1949 –

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  • Details

    Other Title
    寬宏. 暈青
    Place where the work was made
    Shanghai China
    Date
    2016
    Media category
    Mixed media painting
    Materials used
    oil and lacquer on linen and wood
    Dimensions
    173.0 x 165.0 x 15.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated, u.l., verso, pen "...2016...Xiaobai"

    Credit
    Anonymous gift 2017
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    356.2017
    Copyright
    © Su Xiaobai
    Artist information
    Su Xiaobai

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    Magnanimous – Blue 2016 reflects a work which on first approach emits a magnificent, luxurious turquoise blue colour on a convex surface that looks light, swollen and even hollow. It belies its true nature, as the work itself has multiple layers of lacquer visibly applied to a framed structure that has to be solid enough and heavy enough to hold its own weight. Upon closer examination, one sees that the painting has its own presence, its own marks and textures as the lacquer has cracked exposing an under surface of an orange coloured lacquer. Whether deliberate or not, the cracks (often a desirable element in celadon glazing) are part of the work. Yet Su does make his mark on the cracks created by the lacquer surface. In some areas, small marks slightly different to the turquoise blue colour are painted in the cracks. Perhaps they are a representation of the consciousness of the artist and an abstract trace of his history or his dominance over what the lacquer has left behind.