Zhao Gang, Black Dream. On sale at Gray's Zhao Gang, Black Dream.
On sale at Gray's

Born in Beijing, Gang was the youngest member of the Stars, the group who, in 1979, staged an influential, albeit unsuccessful, protest against Party control of art.

Gang left China to study in Europe and the States, where he became a U.S. citizen. Dubbed ''Gangsta Zhao'' by his contemporaries, Gang is renowned on the art scene for his rebellious spirit.

His works are influenced by history and are executed in his modernist style. His work is provocative, for example Untitled, 2006, draws influence from Bamboos in the Wind, by China’s first socialist-realist painter and member of the Party, Xu Beihong. Beihong lead the All-China Art Workers’ Association, a position which meant he had a great power over his fellow artists.

In Gang's interpretation of Beihong's work, the bamboo stalks are used to comment on China's industrialisation present and the repressive past.

An exhibition on Gang's work was shown last month at Cologne's Galerie Nagel Draxler. Gang lives and works in Beijing and New York.

Gang's works have been sold at auction in prices in excess of $43 600. Check out a realized prices for Zhao Gang on Barnebys here.

Gray's Fine Art, Furniture & Decorative Art sale will take place on May 11. Check out the full catalog on Barnebys.

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