Shi Guowei's, "Happy Golconda", is a hand-coloured black & white photograph, 139 x 112 cm.
His work is appealing to both a Western audience as well as a Chinese audience and expresses the complicated relationship of his generation to the history of China, and to the history of Western and Chinese art.
Using a distinctive visual vocabulary and compositions of paintings from around the world, he makes photographs that create an unstable sense of place and history, both in his choice of imagery and processes. Using digital editing techniques, Shi produces a monochrome original that he hand-colours in time-honoured style.
We have acquired several works of art by the artist, direct from the artist's studio for clients in London and in Brussels.
This work featured in the UBS Art Collection exhibition Pop Sensation at the Hong Kong Arts Centre in November 2012.