Jacky Tsai: beauty in decay
Jacky Tsai is an eminent Chinese pop artist, creating peculiar pieces with an inventive approach to traditional materials and craftsmanship. Tsai works to establish balance and harmony between cultural extremes.
His original style, featuring of references to western pop art in combination with eastern artistry re-imagines the concept of beauty to be appreciated by viewer of all different cultural heritages.
Tsai is perhaps best known as the creator behind British fashion designer Alexander McQueen’s iconic floral skull. The floral skull, illustrating the iconography of the skull with bloom of plants, is the best exemplar of the artist’s vision.
Tsai works to dispel attitudes of fear and superstition prevalent in Chinese perception of death, to encourage the emergence of beauty in decay within the symbol of the skull – playing with concepts of reborn from death.
Determine to spread his aspiration, Tsai works across various fields including installations, sculpture, and fashion. Since the debut of his very own fashion label, Tsai has collaborated with high-end mega department store such as Harvey Nichols, and Lane Crawford.
Since graduating his Master degree from Central Saint Martin’s, his work has exhibited worldwide, with key exhibitions in London, New York, city of Singapore, and Hong Kong. His more recent solo exhibitions include East West show in May at The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong, and his upcoming solo exhibition this September at The Fine Art Society.
Images courtesy of Jacky Tsai