Li Shan: Skin Secrets

11 February – 6 March 1999

Li Shan is one of China’s most exciting artists. His sensuous paintings explore male sexuality through metaphor. The massive paintings of the Rouge series, for instance, feature photo-realistic black and white images of male nudes sprouting magenta and white lotus flowers.

These powerful works comment on issues related to aesthetics within China. Flower painting is a well respected Chinese tradition but in La Shan’s paintings flowers come to represent vitality and sexuality.

Skin Secrets is a visual arts event for the 1999 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival.