Who is Jacky Tsai?
Chinese contemporary artist, Jacky Tsai is known for his pop artistry. A vibrant and young artist whose work is constantly catching the eye of many. 30-year-old Jacky Tsai has set out his stall or rather Eisel to impress and there seems to be no slowing down.
Born in China in 1984, Jacky Tsai grew up in Shanghai. After completing his Bachelor of Arts at the China Academy of Art he moved to London to study Illustration at Central St Martin’s, graduating in 2008.
He is best known as the creator of the iconic floral skull image made for late British fashion designer Alexander McQueen’s Spring/Summer 2008 Menswear collection. Jacky Tsai’s method is a combination of traditional Chinese painting techniques that alludes to western Pop Art styles. This crossing has resulted in an innovative approach to working with traditional materials and techniques.
London has had a positive effect on Tsai’s work. We see at Unit London the embracing of both his heritage and current metropolitan surroundings of London. In other words, his work is an explosion of east meets west, in the most positive light.
Tsai’s relationship to the death and decay via his use of the human skull could be misinterpreted via text as morbid, however on the contrary whilst exploring the regeneration of life, the explosion of colour and vivacity makes all his pieces extremely covetable for any modern young collector.
What is on at Unit London?
His recent launch is a new solo exhibition at Unit London labelled “Reincarnation”. Superheroes such as Superman and Wonder Woman are presented in ancient eastern landscapes, and a plethora of psychedelic skulls adorn the walls.
The pièce de résistance of the show is the artist’s floral leather 'Skullpture.' The piece is a homage to the late British fashion designer, Alexander McQueen.
Jacky Tsai "Reincarnation"
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