Chinese painting paper, gold, bronze, Xinjiang’s Kizil soil, mineral pigments. 360×270cm, May 2015.
This artwork received the Golden Award from the Chinese Painting Department at China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, Graduate Exhibition 2015. It was the first time in history that a foreign student was awarded gold at this most prestigious department.
The painting merges together East and West in various ways. Suspended underneath the Heavens, Buddhist Apsara and Christian Angel are conducting a dearest, wordless dialogue.
Gigantic size, composition and perspective of the artwork references western plafond paintings, eastern Buddhist cave art and Thang-ga (唐卡). The perspective leads the viewer’s eye to the centre of the painting where a golden circle represents divinity and faith. According to the Far Eastern painting tradition, the artwork is mostly linear; however, rich and pure colours are from the Western art. Although worked with female models, the character of the Apsara is strongly based on conceptualized images from Kizil grottoes in Xinjiang, China, while the angel is more of an imaginative realistic figure with androgynous features.
The Christian tradition is represented in the painting by St. Peter’s Basilica with the colonnade, Prague’s Cathedral (with Cologne Cathedral’s features) and an old church in Kroscienko nad Dunajcem (my hometown). Buddhist tradition is depicted by famous ancient religious art sites in China – Dunhuang, Kizil, Longmen Grottoes, Datong Hanging Temple. Skies and clouds, initially different from each other, eventually merge into one.
Different worlds, cultures, religions, etc. seem to differ greatly, but all have the same foundation. Thus, people are always able to communicate, find a common language, and reach harmony with each other.
Stages of work:
《飛天與天使對話》360 × 270cm, 纸本，金，铜，新疆克孜尔泥土，矿物颜料。
Final pencil draft/完整铅笔稿:
Graduate exhibition, June 2015, Hangzhou: