Weiliang's Babooons are stark, brilliant and enigmatic, showcasing a litany of emotional expressions as they populate the canvas. Their facial expressions are highly evocative and lively, complementing the wild colour choice and expressive impasto work of the artist. His baboons are pressed up against one another, packed close and tight, some looking at each other, hyperaware of each other’s presence and motivations. They carry a sense of enigmatic unease, perhaps one that may seem exaggerated and comical. The Baboons are untrusting, cynical and wary because they live in fear of one another, and now struggle with the sheer amount of pressure that comes from living within such ‘close proximity’ of one another, both literally and metaphorically. The creatures mirror our modern day situations of social anxieties due to the excessive amount of information and falsehoods being spread in the media. The use of colour is a notable feature in the his work as well. With cool blue shades against the harshness of their red faces and golden eyes, these intuitive and intelligent creatures help the artist create a painting arguably filled with dynamic zest and a striking, alluring quality.
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