Gaudy Art from the Hughes Collection

4 Feb 2019

Gaudy Art from the Hughes Collection

Exhibition launch with lion dance performance!

Gaudy Art from the Hughes Collection opens 9 February 3pm


Delmar Gallery
Victoria St gate, Summer Hill campus
Open Wed – Sun 12-5pm
Free admission


To usher in the Lunar New Year, Delmar Gallery is presenting a special exhibition of Chinese Pop Art 1992 – 2007.

Join us for the launch of Gaudy Art from the Hughes Collection on Saturday 9 February 3-5pm. A lion dance performance in the courtyard at 3.30pm will be followed by our guest speaker, Dr Geoff Raby.  Dr Raby served as Australian Ambassador to China from 2007 – 2011 and is an avid collector of Chinese contemporary art. His first appointment in China was as Head of the Economics Division for DFAT, and he continues to live in Beijing where he now runs a consultancy business.

Collected by the late art dealer Ray Hughes and his son Evan from the artists’ Beijing and Chongqing studios, the works in the exhibition belong to a wry, kitsch offshoot of the Chinese Political Pop movement, Gaudy Art.  Coined by a prominent Chinese art critic in 1996, “gaudy” is translated from the Mandarin term “yansu” – “yan” meaning garishly coloured and “su” meaning vulgar.  Using high key colours and imagery from popular culture, the Gaudy artists parodied the emerging consumer culture and pervasive ‘get rich quick’ mentality of the 1990s.

The exhibition runs until 3 March.  On Saturday 2 March, Evan Hughes will be in conversation in the gallery with John McDonald, Sydney Morning Herald art critic.

Thanks to the Inner West Council for their generous sponsorship of the lion dance performance.


Feng Zhengjie, “Romantic Trip” 1999, oil on canvas, 158.5 x 196.5cm.

Luo Brothers, “Welcome! Welcome” c 2006, painted fibreglass, 95 x 77 x 77cm

Luo Brothers,  “Welcome the World Famous Brand”, 1996 – 2000, collage and lacquer on wood, 65 x 55cm