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Fishes and dragons

AH XIAN'S 'CHINA.CHINA' SERIES

Claire Roberts

AH XIAN, Bust 2,1998 (detail), 'China.China' series, porcelain body cast with handpainted
underglaze blue landscape design, approx. 30 x 20 x 41.5 cm. Made in Sydney, Australia, and
courtesy Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane. Collection the artist.

Over the ten years that Ah Xian (born 1960, Beijing) has been resident in Australia, he has created an impressive body of artworks. He has worked quietly and with great determination to make sense of his own physical and cultural displacement. After many years of self-reflection and experimentation he has…

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