Bronze, 51 x 26 x 130 cm
About the artwork
Wang Xing Gang sculpts peasants, showcasing them as simple and plain individuals, as a reflection of the fast-moving progression of contemporary China. With thorough observation of Chinese society today, he comments on loss of individuality due to the constraints of work and personal life. His focus on the rural subjects of China causes his art style to be distinct from the trend of fellow contemporary artists focusing on modern Chinese themes. Wang is able to come up with an appropriate blend of both the contemporary and the ideal of the countryside in his sculptures, incorporating both factors in his sculptures. Having been born in Northeastern China, he bears sincere affection and understanding toward Chinese peasants. His practical experience and cultural consideration has ignited his awareness on negligence or oversight of those serious problems in the contemporary arts field. With this view, he chooses to shoulder this cultural responsibility, confines his vision to this field, and focuses on peasants who are overlooked by the tide of urbanization.
About the artist
Born in 1971 in Liaoling, northern Provence in China, Wang received a B.S. in sculpture making in Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts (LXAFA) in 1997. He received a M.A. (Master of Creative Art) in Wollongong University in 2004. His pieces such as "North Wind" have earned him the special prize of the Fourth National Sporting Arts Exhibition and the second prize Liaoning Provincial Art Exhibition. Other winning pieces include "Clearing Up After Drizzle", "Music of Spring" and "Source of Power".
Wang's sculpture is a reflection of the fast-moving circumstances surrounding contemporary society in the People's Republic of China. Wang splits his time between creating sculpture and teaching at Beijing University. His works are a commentary on contemporary Chinese society and the loss of individuality between the demands of work and personal life.