The artworks on view at this exhibition form part of a body of works collated into the book ‘Childhood,’ presented alongside a textual accompaniment written by the artist. Within his writing, Dahong captures perfectly the tales and thought processes from which his artistic narratives are born. At the same time, the artworks themselves exemplify the way in which Dahong’s virtuosity as a writer informs his visual expressions.
He explores the themes of childhood, rebellion, the social revolution, national memories, and myths. Dahong enhances all of his works, both in terms of satirical humour and the underlying message, by the manner in which the images are produced. The expression and character of his pictures is exaggerated by small details. These disturb the balance between naivety and the course of history he represents in his work, thereby inserting a disquieting shimmer of a darker humour.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Born in Qingdao, Shandong, China in 1962, Liu Dahong studied under Zao Wouki before graduating from the China Academy of Art in 1985. Since then he has exhibited widely on the international stage, with a number of solo shows from 1992, as well as group exhibitions. Dahong now currently lives, works, and teaches in Shanghai.