Seasons of Life: Summer by Cai Guo-Qiang

Seasons of Life: Summer
Gunpowder on canvas
Collection of the artist

This large work is a depiction of a couple entwined in sexual intimacy whilst surrounded by colourful flowers representing the blossoming of summer with a vibrant use of red, blue and yellow evoking the emotions of blissfulness, happiness and vitality. The painting is one of four large paintings in the series Seasons of Life, each one representing a specific season.

Cai Guo-Qiang
Installation Art, Conceptual Art, Earth Art, Performance Art, Postmodernism
Born: 8 December 1957, Quanzhou, Fujian, China
Nationality: Chinese

Cai is an artist; born in China he currently lives and works in New York City and New Jersey. Cai forged his way into international art stardom as one of the first Chinese artists to expose contemporary dialogues in Chinese art to the world. With the ground-breaking mediums of gunpowder and fireworks and spectacle into the art-marking process, his work is well-known for its ability to leverage fear and tension toward a common consideration of the beauty in destruction. His unique artistic language, in which art becomes a reckless action, has given him the role as one of our most innovative modern artists

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