Auspicious Flower Charm Tattoo

2009


Artist
Kate Beynon  (b.1970)
Nationality
Hong Kong; Australian
Medium
acrylic on canvas
Accession Number
2013.051
Credit line
Gift of the Friends of Hamilton Art Gallery to mark their 40th Anniversary
Collection Area
Australian Paintings
Gallery location
Not on display

The somewhat sassy figure in this painting is the typical subject of many of Beynon's paintings but this Melbourne based artist, of Australian-Chinese heritage, inevitably includes other references that reflect her relationship between growing up in Australia as against those of her Chinese heritage. The beautiful 'tattoos' are both Australian in their current commonality and Chinese in their selection of the peony and poppy. Similarly the seals which would have denoted author and owner on a Chinese (paper scroll) painting are used on a canvas but are fictional devices used decoratively. The mingling of Chinese and Australian cultural elements adds to the intrigue of this dominating work.

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