Painting China Now is a collection of thirty new oil paintings by Ondrej Brody & Kristofer Paetau. These works, depicting instances of violence inflicted by the Chinese government upon their own citizens, are rendered with a breathtaking realism. Such masterful craft and handling of paint has become alien to the west, specifically in our contemporary arts, provoking the artists to commission a professional Chinese craftsman via the internet to realize the paintings for a cheap price and to import them to Europe. The results are beautiful, seductive and desirable works whose motivation, through suggesting ‘painterly qualities’, is in fact to embody the realities of capitalist profit and political oppression in a painting.
The following pictures are an overview of the exhibition that took place at KIOSK (Ghent, Belgium) mid december 2007 until mid january 2008 as well as studio shots of each painting. If you wish to discover more about the depicted subjects please follow the link which was the source for our project: