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Oxen, Series # 6, “The Spirits of the South”

Quan Handong was born in Guilin, a beautiful river town in the southern Chinese province of Guangxi, where he attended art school. Although no longer living in China, Quan still holds the position of senior painter in the Guilin Chinese Art Academy, a group of artists who were drawn together in the early 1990s by a shared desire to explore traditional Chinese painting techniques as a means of examining contemporary issues of individualism, nationalism, and internationalism. Unlike most of his Guilin colleagues, who focus on the beauty of local landscapes, Quan has devoted much of his work to an exposition of the strength and power of mountain oxen.

Quan Handong
Chinese, b. 1956
Oxen, Series # 6, “The Spirits of the South”
1994
Ink and color on paper
95 x 56 in. (241.3 x 142.2 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Robert and Sara LeBien, 2006.518

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