Show dates – 8 November to 22 December 2018
Dream in the Deserted Garden, 2018, Acrylic on canvas, 150x150cm
We are pleased to have facilitated and supported the exhibition of Shanghainese London-based artist Jacky Tsai at Unit London.
Chinese Floral Skull, 2015, Lenticular print. 83x83cm, Edition of 5
Jacky Tsai’s artistic repertoire incorporates a wide range of media such as pantings, lacquer carvings, installations, embroidery and sculptures.
Jacky Tsai is probably best known for having created the iconic floral skull adopted by eminent British stylist Alexander McQueen. The floral skull design has been employed by Jacky Tsai in his wide body of works, becoming a symbol of birth and spiritual regeneration.
“Reincarnation” is his largest exhibition in the UK until today and presents more than twenty artworks including a monumental floral leather skull, ironically titled “Skullpture”, that occupies the centre of the gallery and hangs down from the ceiling.
Jacky Tsai’s practice skilfully merges traditional Chinese crafts such as lacquer carving and embroidery - crafts almost extinguished today - with modern western pop iconography. Inspired by great masters such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein his works are saturated with vibrant superheroes often placed in eastern landscapes.
Shanghai Tang Cafe, Acrylic on canvas, 150x450cm
Jacky Tsai's art was exhibited at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art in 2018
Jacky Tsai's artwork created in 2016 for Getting Dream Cruise Line
Dagmar Carnevale Lavezzoli, Director of Art Advisory Hua, with Jonny Burt, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Unit London