Artist: Kit Tan Juat Lee, (b.1955, Singapore)
Title: The World Of Xi You Ji
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Size (cm): 144.0 x 175.0 cm
This festive class portrait delivers an imaginative twist to a traditional story. It is inspired by the adventures of the Monkey God in the legendary Xi You Ji (Journey to the West), one of the four great classics of Chinese literature.
The teacher and students are depicted in the black and white of vintage photographs. It is the colourful masks that take centre stage. They animate their wearers who take on the mischievous behaviour of the Monkey God. The work suggests that classics such as Xi You Ji have a life of their own and will endure and outlive those who study them.