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Pèlerinage Vers L'Ouest
Qiu Jie
Pèlerinage Vers L'Ouest

2000

Lead on paper

224 x 336 cm
Having trained in both Chinese high-realism and European multi-media schools and worked professionally as a decorator and designer, Qiu Jie’s drawings are informed from a wide range of aesthetic influence. ‘Qiu Jie’ itself is an adopted pseudonym: meaning ‘foreigner’ or ‘outsider’, conjuring images of a mysterious stranger negotiating the terrains of imagination. This sense of myth-making, exotica, and expedition is reflected through Qie’s work.



Executed in massive scale, and taking months to complete, Qiu’s pencil drawings are achievements of awesome endeavour. His painstaking process is canonised in the timeless quality of his images, which merge the styles and iconography of ancient Chinese art with traditional and contemporary Western imagery and references.



In Pèlerinage Vers L’Ouest, Qiu appropriates the Christian theme of the Flight Into Egypt. Infusing the decorative intricacy associated with age-old artisanship with a narrative surrealism, Qiu’s modern day mother and child are woven into the fabric of Eastern consciousness – pictured heading to their exile from an uncustomary direction, and sat astride a bull, the Chinese symbol of life. Rendered on a composite ground of multiple sheets of paper, the fragmented surface gives the drawing an authenticated effect of historical artefact.
Portrait of Mao
Qiu Jie
Portrait of Mao

2007

Lead on paper

250 x 168 cm
Qiu’s 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-die" or "long life"), it can be used to bestow a blessing. Rendered with the pastoral detail and calligraphy inscription of Song Dynasty masterworks, Qiu’s 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, Qiu’s sentimental homage offers a surrealist vision that’s alchemically toxic, and seductively coy.






Other artists in
THE REVOLUTION CONTINUES: NEW CHINESE ART

Zhang Dali    Zeng Fanzhi    Wang Guangyi    Zheng Guogu    Zhang Haiying    Zhang Hongtu    Zhang Huan    Qiu Jie    Xiang Jing    Shi Jinsong    Fang Lijun    Yue Minjun    Li Qing    Wu Shanzhuan    Shen Shaomin    Li Songsong    Zhan Wang    Liu Wei    Zhang Xiaogang    Zhang Xiaotao    Cang Xin    Shi Xinning    Li Yan    Bai Yiluo    Sun Yuan and Peng Yu    Yin Zhaohui    Feng Zhengjie

Qiu Jie's BIOGRAPHY

Qiu Jie
1961
Born in Shanghai


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS


2006
Leda Fletcher Gallery, Geneva

2004
Martin Krebs Gallery, Bern
(in collaboration with J. F. Luthy and P. Stoffel)
Centre d’art en Ile, Geneva

2000
Museum of Contemporary Art, Basel (in collaboration with Ai Wei Wei)
The BF15 space for contemporary art, Lyon

1999
‘UQS 1’ arcade space, Zurich
‘UQS 2’ Artamis Stargazer Gallery, Zurich
(in collaboration with Tomas Schunke)

1998
Crosnier Hall, Palais de l’Athénée, Geneva
Martin Krebs Gallery, Bern

1994
Andata/Ritorno Gallery, Geneva

1992
Museum of Fina Arts, Shanghai (in collaboration with Shen Fan)
OP.ERA Gallery, Geneva

1985
Palace of Culture, Xu Hui, Shanghai


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2006
Shanghai Biennale, Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai

2005
Discover-Rediscover, Rath Museum Geneva

2004
Art of Shanghai, Gallery Leda Fletcher

2003
Colours make the wall, Factory Secheron, Geneva

2001
Mai 1968 Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Geneva

1999
Change Directory, Kunsthalle, Bern
Somewhere one, Attitudes-Contemporary arts space, Geneva