This painting is from the series 'Thousands of Years of Empire'. In this series Qu Lei Lei reflects on his understanding of history and culture. Apart from using traditional materials and methods, he also uses surrealistic languages as a means of travelling through time to find grid references to modern history. In the individuals he portrays, he explores the idea of the dual relationship between the personal and the comparatively impersonal identity of the common man and the human condition in the context of a whole national identity.
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