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Bathing, painting by Tang Hai Guo 811. Feel So Dirty (The Bath), original figurative oil painting portrait by Tang Hai Guo (2012)

There is a proliferation of counterfeiting and padding, in production of most anything, in China, today, from fake eggs to fake iPhones, as if that's not bad enough.  Worse still is how greed has driven people to put melamine in milk, sell dirty recycled cooking oil, and put all sorts of dangerous chemicals, as substitutes, in much of the food and medicine that's produced in China.

It could make you feel unclean, like you need to take a bath after circulating among such filth.

We like it for the story and for the figurative style of the portraiture that Tang has developed.  We like it even more because it isn't some skinny girl.  Like sculptor, Xu Hong Fei, whose work we also have in the gallery, Tang has chosen the classical voluptuous woman as his subject in the painting.  Yet, still, she is a modern woman, wearing makeup, with toiletries, body washes and lotions lining her bathroom wall.  Adding a bit of surrealism is that the background is the sky with a few grey clouds floating by.
  $4,000   120x90cm  
               
Dry Clothes, painting by Tang Hai Guo   Dry Clothes, original oil painting by Tang Hai Guo (2012)

Tang derives his impetus from the 2oth century German schools.  His animal works are symbolic
  sold   100x120cm  
               
Still life no. 2, painting by Tang Hai Guo 829. Still Life no. 2, original oil on canvas by Tang Hai Guo (2012)

The open flower and the empty wine bottle: the have an inconsistent oneness.  The moral that we should take from these examples is that, sometimes, when you give it all out, you cannot get it all back.
  $2,600   100x100cm  
               
Twisted braids, painting by Tang Hai Guo 828. Twisted Braids, original oil painting by Tang Hai Guo (Hicoo) (2012)

Braids remind one of childhood and innocence.  They represent the struggle that one goes through during that period.  But when we get older, innocence is long past.
  $2,600   100x80cm

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Of Ballons, painting Tang Hai Guo 837. Of Balloons, original symbolism oil painting by Tang Hai Guo (2012)

Like soap bubbles falling onto a hot pavement, balloons of a sense of well being and comfort can burst on the hotbed of life in the fast lane.  Might as well enjoy the comfort of his plush life, while it lasts.

Modern China is full of bubbles, including it's stock market whose bubble has burst and real estate whose bubble makes rent 1/10th of a monthly mortgage payment, to name a few.  The question is when will all of the bubbles burst and what will be left.

In one of his series, Tang Hai Guo uses animals as symbols of people in certain situations.
  sold   120x100cm  
               
Alienation, painting by Tang Hai Guo 826. Alienation No. 2, original oil painting by Tang Hai Guo (2012)

Man or jungle beast, in a jungle of money.  That was the first digression that led to the decay of moral value and beliefs, which befell the Communists.  Look closely, there's a little money symbol () in his eye.

Tang Hai Guo has developed a figurative portraiture style that uses polychrome ribbons, which is at its height in his metamorphosis series.
  $3,600   120x90cm  
               
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