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Bag of Candles

Zachary Armstrong Bag of Candles

Exhibited

15 Jan 2021 to 9 Oct 2021

Location

Faurschou Beijing

798 Art District, NO2 Jiuxianqiao Road P.O.Box 8502, Chaoyang District Beijing, China 100015

"Bag of Candles" is the first solo exhibition by American artist Zachary Armstrong in China and is his most comprehensive exhibition to date.

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The dinosaur has been a reoccurring motif in Armstrong’s works. Armstrong once had a bedsheet with dinosaurs, and he later recreated them in paintings, which his son would refer to as the “dinos”. In this exhibition, Armstrong has made the dinosaur a more realistic and striking figure, with the bronze sculpture and this enlarged image of a t-rex.

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The idea for the "Encaustic House" derived from a doll house that Zachary Armstrong received from an old friend. The house reminded the artist of his childhood and the concept of home, but for some reason it felt unfulfilled to him.

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The large mural-like piece consists of shelves with over 200 pieces of lamps, pots, paintings, sketches and bags with candles.

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Big Fish after Bruegel is an encaustic painting made after Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s (the Netherlands, ca. 1525–1569) work Big Fish eats Little Fish, made in 1556. The original painting is known as one of the most haunting of Bruegel's images, and is among the first of the artist's many interpretations of proverbs in paintings or prints.

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Norman Rockwell (1894 – 1978) was an American painter and illustrator. His works have an extensive popular appeal in the United States for their reflection of American culture. Rockwell is most recognized for the cover illustrations of everyday life he created for The Saturday Evening Post magazine over nearly five decades.

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The painting, Double Warrior, is an ode to the British fantasy illustrator and writer Ian Miller (1946). Miller is most known for his unconventional etched gothic style as well as gloomy sensibility and has been recognized for his book cover, magazine cover and interior illustrations.

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