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07/09/2021 - 02/10/2021

80's to Present - Painting


David Diao - Traces of Modernism

Gazelli Art House presents David Diao, the first solo exhibition of the artist in the UK. Selected works represent a range of Diao’s artistic exploration since the 1980s to the current time.

Born in 1943 in Chengdu, the artist immigrated to America through Hong Kong, and spent most of his life and career in New York. Diao is well known for interweaving modernist formalism with avant-garde iconography, identity politics, and his personal histories.

The exhibition features historical works including Untitled (red black and blue) and Mining your Ps and Qs that demonstrate a drastic turn in Diao’s artistic career: previously working solely with abstract painting responding to the Modernist canon, the artist started to experiment with silk screened images, vinyl lettering, hand-drawn marker, and painted words, reflecting on his complicated heritage as a Chinese immigrant in America.


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