INTERVIEW: We caught up with Chinese Artist Jacky Tsai ahead of his solo show FUTURE PAST @FASLondon

FAD managed to catch a few minutes with Chinese artist Jacky Tsai ahead of the opening of his first solo show in London (PV tomorrow  Thursday 17th September).

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Chinese Floral Skull Su-Xiu embroidery on silk satin | 130 x 130 cm 2015

1  Why is the show called  Future Past? 
I wanted to create a parallel with ‘East West’, my last show in Hong Kong, and I wanted to show the range of my art work from the past into the future. Also in my work I bring together futuristic hero figures with traditional Chinese heroes from the past, in one big collision in one image.

2 Can you tell us about your work and what are the main ideas you try and express.
In general my work is a mixture of the East and the West. I combine their completely opposite aesthetics in order to breach their boundaries and create unique hybrid artworks.

3 How has it been working with FAS London on the show? 
It has been great working with the contemporary team at The Fine Art Society. It’s been such a pleasure and they’ve worked really hard to make everything happen. I feel so honoured to work with such a prestigious and historical gallery.

TSAI Jacky, flying tiger 1943, 2015
Flying Tiger, 1943 Screen print and mono print on plywood | 102 x 112 cm 2015

4 How long have you been preparing for the show?
For half a year, ever since I got back from my last Hong Kong show.

5 If you had $22,500 to spend on art which artist would you invest in ?
A Lichtenstein print, since that amount wouldn’t buy an original piece.

6 What plans do you have for the rest of the year ? 
Rest!!!

18 September – 2 October 2015 Fine art society 148 New Bond Street LONDON W1S 2JT
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Water Margin on the Fifth Avenue Lacquer carving on wood panel | 180 x 148 cm 2015

About Jacky Tsai
Since graduating with a Masters degree from Central St Martins in London, Tsai’s work has been exhibited worldwide, with key exhibitions in London, New York City, Singapore and Hong Kong. Tsai is the first Chinese artist to be represented by The Fine Art Society, the oldest commercial gallery in the UK. Born in Shanghai, Tsai now lives and works in London. www.jackytsai.com

TSAI Jacky, Cloisonné skull, 2015
Cloisonné skull Cloisonné | 138 x 100 cm 2015

About Mark Westall

Mark Westall is the Founder and Editor of FAD magazine, ' A curation of the world’s most interesting culture' [PLUS] Art of Conversation: A tri-annual 'no news paper' AofC - Issue 1 Autumn 2018