Liu Ruo Wang

Honour Guard Series (车马仪仗队系列)
, cm

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About the artwork

This series draws on elements from Chinese traditional art, separating them from the Western sculpture. Liu Ruo Wang features soldiers riding on the back of horses, unified as one. The soldiers don a modern military uniform but carry an earthly colour and texture as though they are relics dug up from the ground. Their arrangement establishes on artistic and cultural aspects of the Qin Emperor’s terracotta warriors, giving a fresh expression to the notion of unity and power. Despite their tranquil appearance, the soldiers embody a sense of heroism standing in a triumphant stance, eliciting feelings of power, grandeur and admiration. Liu Ruo Wang’s work can be regarded as a monument to his people, by creating works about ordinary people from factual history, elevating their status as heroes.

About the artist

Born in 1970 in Shaanxi, China, Liu Ruo Wang creates art that touches on an immense array of cultural elements, while remaining firmly rooted in a personal journey through time and struggle. Turning a childhood of myth and folklore into a representation of the Chinese spirit, the artist chooses to glorify the ordinary man by presenting him as a an emblem of solidarity, tying together bands of soldiers in distinctly Eastern colour, texture and form. A coalescence of nostalgia and tribute, the artist immortalizes his roots, subtly making reference to the history and significance that form the rich heritage behind the industrialized modernity of his people. Widely established and exhibited, the artist’s works are collected by numerous prestigious institutions in China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, France, Italy, New Zealand and the USA.

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