In his first exhibition in Asia, acclaimed painter Rob Pruitt will bring new works from his Panda Series to Massimo De Carlo Gallery. The exhibition – titled Hong Kong Panda – will be on display from 8 September, 2016 to 31 October, 2016. The exhibition comprises paintings of panda bears that have been extracted from their natural habitat and inserted into metaphysical spaces of spectral, gradient colour. Anything with pandas is already a winner for us.
Pruitt has been making paintings of pandas for 17 years now. To him, the panda is a tragic symbol and embodies the role of the modern-day Christ, where it is dying out for our sins of greed and excess. “Ironically, the campaign to save the panda bear has spawned a new infatuation with the creature, resulting in a growing wave of panda products and a rapacious consumer demand for them. Pandas may be an endangered species but in our contemporary global culture, they are flourishing,” says Pruitt. Sounds rather morbid, but Pruitt’s talent is worth seeing.
Hong Kong Panda by Rob Pruitt
When: 8th September to 31st October 2016
Where: Massimo De Carlo Gallery, 301-302A Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central
Time: Monday to Saturday, 10:30am to 7pm