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Li Lihong, Michelin China - Blue Dragon

Li Lihong Michelin China - Blue Dragon, 2019

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  • Medium

    Sculpture : ceramic

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    11.2 x 10.6 x 9.4 inch

  • Display

    The sculpture cannot be displayed outdoors

  • Type

    Unique work

  • Authenticity

    Work sold with an invoice from the gallery
    and a certificate of authenticity

  • Signature

    Hand-signed by artist

  • Offered by the gallery

    Galerie LOFT
    Paris - France

  • About the artwork

    Artwork sold in perfect condition

    As if emerging from a Chinese legend, a golden dragon glides along pure and cloud-like white curves of fine ceramic.

    Powerful and mysterious, it coils in full meditation with triad tattoo-like lines on its chest and heart. When we take a step back to admire it even better, we discover that this Buddha of modern times is none other than a “Michelin” figure.

    Once again, Li Lihong succeeds in surprising us and making us smile, he pushes visual codes and cultural certainties. East and West are brought together in unexpected marriage; the past and the present coupled furiously in contemporary works.

    The Michelin “idols” (Michelin China) or the currency “at war” (Currency War) appears in a double perspective. Chinese Dreams (Dream China) or Patched hearts (Repaired Heart) in red, white or golden. Li Lihong proves us that he is a great master in ceramic who has been able to nourish himself on a complex tradition of Chinese porcelain and transform it into his own unique and multicultural language.
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Li Lihong

China Born in: 1974 Emergent Artist

Li Lihong comes from the Jiangxi province, more precisely from the famous village Dezhen Jin where the royal porcelain of China has been produced for centuries.

He has learned the art of ceramics with master Qin Xiling. Unlike the work of his master, which is more traditional, Li lihong is inspired by the great Chinese ceramics, but with a contemporary touch.

Inspired by this millenary tradition, surrounded by the greatest ceramic artists in China, Li Lihong has always dreamed of becoming a ceramic artist, as his illustrious ancestors and his teacher, master Qin Xiling, while adding a modern touch to his works.

Absorbing all the influences of contemporary society, from advertising to the consumer culture (with the arrival in China of large firms such as Coca-Cola or McDonald's in the '80s ), he captures in his ceramic works the ancestral quality of porcelain and the confrontation between tradition and modernity and between the East and the West. His sculptures, most often golden or silver (and more rarely, white or colored) incorporate the blue and white aesthetic of traditional porcelain decoration. 

Using experimental techniques, Li Lihong achieves this surprising mix of minimalist shapes, geometrical and curved lines, and goes beyond the limits of traditional ceramics. Through elements of daily life, he expressed as well, through his visual language, the changes in the Chinese society and its capacity to assimilate various cultures to which it is faced.

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