Chinese Girl Series Oil on canvas, framed Painted in 1997 41.2cm x 33cm (16¼in x 13in).
Provenance: Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong Kong Collection of Kathy and Lawrence Schiller from Southern California Acquired by the present owner from Christie's Hong Kong, 30 May 2010, Sale 2808, Lot 1592 Private collection, New York
Exhibited: '8+8-1: Selected Paintings by 15 Contemporary Artists', Schoeni Art Gallery Ltd., Hong Kong, 1997; Connaught Brown, London, 1998
Published: 8+8-1: Selected Paintings by 15 Contemporary Artists, Schoeni Art Gallery Ltd., Hong Kong, 1997, pp.36-38
祁志龍 中國女孩 油彩畫布 木框 一九九七年作
來源： 香港少勵畫廊 美國南加州Kathy and Lawrence Schiller收藏 現藏者購自香港佳士得拍賣，2010年5月30日，拍賣2808號，拍品1592號 美國紐約私人收藏
"More and more I realise that livelihood is more important than art and virtue more important than career. The livelihood that I am referring to is not that of the ordinary people, but the inner experiences of an individual life. The virtue I emphasize is not morality in the common sense, but the internal cultivation of a profounder meaning far beyond external prestige and profit.
I glare 'seriously' and attentively at my most sensitive life experiences. I wish to hold them, to have them in my own clutches.
There are many conflicts of sorts existing in and between the circles that comprise the world of contemporary fine art. This reflects the differentiations of groups, of regions, and even the imbalances of profit. There is too much ready criticism amongst these philosophical circles and they lack the foundation of extensive discussion.
A typical phenomenon of contemporary life is pretty kitsch. I already touched upon this in 1992 with my 'Consumer Icons' series. My women wearing army caps are placed in contrast to images of consumerism, these works have already developed an even deeper meaning. In life there are many things that touch a raw nerve. I do not wish to be limited to expressing these.
It is very difficult to have an outlook on life that is eternal, that is why individuality in man is so slight. Only God is eternal, but who can represent him?
What of me? I let myself drift along the perpetual stream of life, regardless of viewpoints and others direction."
Qi Zhilong in 8+8-1: Selected Paintings by 15 Contemporary Artists, Schoeni Art Gallery Ltd., Hong Kong, 1997, p.39
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