Born in beijing, ah xian first came to australia in 1989, as visiting artist at the tasmanian school of art, hobart stranded by the events of tienanmen square, he sought asylum here, settling in sydney with his brother and fellow artist liu xiao xian. To coincide with 'a world view: the tim fairfax gift', chinese‑born australia artist ah xian has worked with the children's art centre on an interactive project based on his 'metaphysica' series of sculptures, which entered the collection through mr fairfax's generous support. The casts of human busts are part of a western tradition of portraiture dating back to ancient roman times, while the decorations used by ah xian are unique to china's tradition and in some cases, to the jingdezhen kilns, where the artist produces his works.
Ah xian artist born beijing, 1960 xian is regarded as one of the first contemporary artists of his time both in australia and overseas ah xian grew up during. Ah xian is a chinese-australian contemporary artist interested in the human body and how contemporary craft can make it meaningful ah xian, spent eight years working as a house-painter and five years fighting for asylum. For ah xian (pronounced ah-shyan) it was the first commission of a dynamic career born liu ji xian in 1960 in beijing, he taught himself art and by the 1980s, known as ah xian, he was a professional artist in the chinese capital. This exhibition presents an important suite of early paintings by chinese-born australian artist ah xian generously gifted to the gallery by the artist and donors, these works largely draw on the iconography of socialist realist first aid posters from china's cultural revolution (1966-76) and convey experiences of trauma and the process of healing.
Ah xian is a chinese- australian artist he is interested in the human body and how using contemporary materials to explore it can create meaning. Ah xian re-contextualizes these traditional motifs as tattoo's, and enforces this reading, because this is what we identify patterning on the skin as, and then hooks the viewer into the secondary reading of the tattoo, as a marker of identity. Ah xi'an: 7 exhibitions from jan 1993 - jan 2015, exhibition venues worldwide of artist ah xi'an, exhibition history, summary of artist-infocom records, solo/group exhibitions, visualization, biography, artist-portfolio, artwork offers, artwork requests, exhibition announcements. Ah xian (b 1960) moved to australia from beijing in 1990 and worked as a house painter while awaiting permanent residency status he began casting porcelain busts and painting them with traditional chinese designs in 1997 an artist-inresidency followed, he sold a bust to the powerhouse museum, and he held his first solo show in melbourne in 2000. Informing ah xian's art ah xian states in a matter-of-fact manner that he is a self-taught artist, who did not undertake formal study in an art college or.
The gallery holds 15 works from the 1991 'heavy wounds' series by ah xian, making it the largest public collection of his paintings the series represents a formative moment for one of australia's most prominent artists, and marks an early stage in a career that would become one of the most poignant explorations of contemporary cross-cultural. China, china: recent works in porcelain by ah xian was an exhibition of 40 hand-painted, porcelain body-casts by one of the most interesting artists to emerge from post-cultural revolution china the exhibition was the result of the artist's sojourn to jingdezhen, china, the historic centre of. An interactive project developed in collaboration with chinese-born australian artist ah xian invites children and families to.
Ah xian went to australia for the first time in 1989, as a visiting artist at tasmania's school of art he returned to beijing a few weeks before the june 4 massacre at tiananmen square. Ah xian giggles into his green tea as he describes how he once recruited himself as a guinea pig and ended up in casualty with chemical burns it was the early 1990s the sydney-based chinese. View ah xian's artworks on artnet learn about the artist and find an in-depth biography, exhibitions, original artworks, the latest news, and sold auction prices.
You are about to subscribe to the australian art sales digest, a comprehensive listing of art sold by public auction in australia and new zealand from the 1970s to the present time we have over 600,000 lots listed of which about 400,000 have accompanying images. In his 'china china' series, chinese artist ah xian produces a series of porcelain busts with traditional designs painted on the surface one would see iconic symbols of china such as the pagodas and temples, chinese landscape of mountains or bamboo, dragons from chinese legends steeped in his. Ah xian had travelled to jingdezhen, china and this is where the inspiration for this exhibition originated the artist was also influenced by his own journey - one that combined his own culture and the ideas of the western world. From left to right: ah xian, china china - bust 34 1999 porcelain, underglaze paint, 42 x 40 x 22 cm ah xian, china china - bust.
'ah xian: metaphysica' features bronze busts from an ongoing series by chinese-australian artist ah xiancast from life in a lengthy process, each figure in 'metaphysica' is subtly different in patina and expression. Reshaping tradition will includes six prestigious artists, ai weiwei, ah xian, bui cong khanh, harumi nakashima, ikjoong kang, liu jianhua and yeesookyungtradition is the undercurrent that shapes most of the issues and dialogue explored in the proposed exhibition, and all artists critically reference and draw inspiration from earlier ceramic tradition. More recently, ah xian's situation is reversed, but no less problematic arts writers make much of his prominence as a contemporary artist, themes of urban displacement and cultural remembrance, and his bringing traditional craftsmanship into a contemporary art context- and blithely disregard that his work, undeniably and. The children's art centre presents an interactive project developed in collaboration with chinese-born australian artist ah xian which invites children and families to engage with the artist's ideas and artworks through specially designed hands-on and multimedia activities.