In the 1990s, shaven male figures deprived of their individuality were a trademark of the work of renowned Chinese painter and graphic artist Fang Lijun (b. 1963); in the Western world they were perceived as being a symbol of a young Chinese art movement that reacted to the social and political changes that were taking place in that country.
With paralysed mimicry or mouths opened to a silent cry, set before open panoramas or swimming in inscrutable waters, Fang Lijun’s figures seem to reflect human emotions such as resignation, indifference, anger or the will to survive or deal with conflict within a mass society.
For Montblanc, the artist created the work “2006.4.8” and signed it with the Montblanc Star. Fang Lijun, who studied printing graphics at the Beijing Central Academy of Fine Arts until 1989, generated international attention not only with his large-format oils but also with monumental woodcuts. In his more recent work, which includes the filigree sculptures of crowds fighting for their existence in an insufficient habitat and the paintings of shimmering insect swarms, the artist, who shares his time between Beijing and Dali in southern China, again explores mass phenomena.