Guo Jian is the ultimate satirist, bravely playing with irony and exaggeration
to the extreme. His images are at once provocative working with highly
charged subject matter centres around eroticism, violence and Communist culture.
Much of Guo Jian’s life and experiences have had a strong and very
permanent influence over his work. Born in China Guo Jian was raised in a
politically charged climate. So much so that Guo Jian served four years in the
People’s Liberation Army working on propaganda posters of the time and was a
participant in the Tiananmen Square protests. Much like the influence of his
propaganda work, his enrolment and life as a soldier has had a lasting effect on
his practice resulting in Guo Jian developing his unmistakable
Inspired by his own memories and life experiences he manages to
assimilate theses themes into his work while perfectly balancing his political
views with Kitsch and erotic subject matter. His style is unsettling, evokes
absurdity and is designed to challenge.
Now living between Australia and
China, Guo Jian continuing is subverting and celebrating his own culture for a
foreign audience. Exhibiting extensively Guo Jian is held in many important
collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.