Singapore Art Museum presents Seeker of Hope. Works by Jia Aili

The Singapore Art Museum presents Seeker of Hope. Works by Jia Aili, an exhibition on view 6 July–23 September 2012.

Jia Aili, Old Painter I, 2008–2009. Oil on canvas, 229 x 400 cm. Singapore Art Museum collection.

Born in 1979 into a time of rapid economic reforms and a year after the one-child policy was introduced in China, Jia expresses in his paintings his feelings as a young Chinese growing up in the ’80s, with no political baggage yet facing loneliness and solitude at times. Coming from a generation of Chinese artists steeped in Western art history, Jia draws from classical Western painting methods, producing artworks which layer concepts of world art history together with his own personal histories and experiences in modern China, speaking of how people of his generation deal with modernity and tradition.

Seeker of Hope showcases the seductive visual style in Jia’s works and broadly explores themes and ideas on Romanticism, the power of nature, technological and scientific advancements, human mortality and death, the costs of industrialization, and the human condition.

Seeker of Hope is presented by Credit Suisse AG as part of the Credit Suisse: Innovation In Art Series. Both exhibitions are supported by a series of artist talks and curator’s tours.

Singapore Art Museum
71 Bras Basah Road
Singapore 189555

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