6 - 8pm, Thursday 29th Aug


Adam Chang - Chinese Icon

There is an interesting intersection of man and myth in this exhibition. It’s a central theme in the expansive portrait of China’s leader Xi Jinping. Akin to a billboard in scale and red in colour, there is a Rosenquist epic-ness to the portrait. The juxtaposition of China’s strong man with a benevolent smile—installed next to portraits of the giant bears of Sichuan— creates a dialogue about the nature of, and the desire for, peace, meaning and use of strength in a turbulent contemporary world.
Adam Chang's impressive oeuvre as a portrait painter is world-renowned. Xi Jinping is arguably Adam Chang’s finest portrait. In Australia, his paintings have been included in multiple Archibald prize exhibitions at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (winning the People’s Choice award in 2011). His work is included in the permanent collection of the Australian National Portrait Gallery collection in Canberra.
– Ralph Hobbs.


Chippendale 12-14 Meagher St, Chippendale NSW 2008