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By Artist Wu Qiong

Sunjin Galleries is pleased to announce the second solo show of Chinese born artist Wu Qiong. Having achieved great success and recognition from his first show, also held by Sunjin Galleries, this young talent has now taken his work to another level, which is sure to please viewers and collectors alike.

Chinese born Wu Qiong has already made a name for himself in Singapore with his delightful imagery of an idealised childhood. He set out to represent the childhood that he and many others of his generation remembered and in doing so created some of the most touching and amusing portraits of childhood to have come out of China for generations.

His children have now had to come to terms with the world of adulthood, and are now represented in a new way. They remain children, a suggestion that part of us never truly lets go of childhood, for the innocent, posturing expressions on their faces, which are great part of their appeal, remain. But instead of the characters play marching to the tunes in their heads, or make-believe flying in fluffy white clouds, they have been made to come to terms with greater realities. The artist – along with his alter egos in the guise of the children – has woken up to the way life is.

Having returned to Beijing for a year, Wu Qiong appears to have come to terms with a different life, a life of struggle and suffering; indeed he now expresses feelings and sentiments that his earlier works ignored, feelings that his parent’s generation would be all too familiar with. Now the children are part of the Tian’anmen Square protest, an event that more than anything has come to symbolise modern China.

The artist regards his sojourn in China as a period of quiet contemplation, a period during which he, like all Chinese, had to come to terms with the horror of a devastating earthquake. This tragedy was then tempered by the Beijing Olympics, a period when hope and optimism appeared to have been restored. Wu Qiong talks of these events as a ‘spiritual baptism’ that showed his generation the responsibilities that they must assume if they are to be part of China’s future.

It is in this spirit that the latest collection of paintings and sculptures by Wu Qiong are presented. Childhood fantasies are now left behind, but the same children – born in the 80s – once fully absorbed in their own self-indulgent world, are now facing the future in the spirit of unity, passion and strength.

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