[artinfo] Painting China Now - capitalist profit and political oppression in painting

O.Brody & K.Paetau brodypaetau at GOOGLEMAIL.COM
Tue Feb 5 12:48:29 CET 2008

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.

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Best wishes, Ondrej Brody & Kristofer Paetau



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