12 January - 12 February 2012
Part lion, dragon and phoenix, the Pi Xiu is featured prominently in ancient Chinese architecture as auspicious guardians that can be found guarding the roofs of imperial residences and tombs. Its voracious appetite for wealth – which it consumes and retains due to a lack of an anus – makes it a significant Feng Shui wealth attractor and preserver, and is much valued and sought after by modern day collectors.
Xiao Qing is one of the first Chinese artists to paint the Pi Xiu. She brings out the creature’s dominating essence by using bright and bold colours with a gentle edge. Combining this with western oil painting techniques and the use of peony flower and lotus as accompaniments to the Pi Xiu, her works exude the oriental charm. Accentuating its relationship with wealth in her collection of 16 paintings, Xiao Qing surrounds the Pi Xiu with jade accents, a colour that is considered as a colour of wealth.