Ernest Chang's Famous by Proxy (2019)

With this series, my goal was to create visual, cultural, and historical hybrids. The compositions in the works allude to the classical iconography of important European paintings since the Renaissance; at the same time, they are populated by many instantly recognisable characters lifted from a contemporary mass culture originating from the U.S. and Japan. Through juxtaposing the art-historical significance of famous paintings with the global popularity of cartoon and anime figures, I attempted to fuse the Western artistic tradition with our contemporary visual culture and elevate the truth, beauty, and wisdom that I see in both.
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