Li Jin is known for his sharp, witty and often irreverent works depicting people, places, food and wine, and based on his world travels. His colours are lush and vivid, his brushstrokes virtuosic yet nuanced, his subjects provocative, erotic and irrepressible. In the spring of this year, Li embarked on a whirlwind gustatory road trip, from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and eventually, to New York. Forty exuberant ink on paper paintings and two enameled bronze sculptures inspired by this journey will be on view at Sotheby's Los Angeles this June. A weariness, perhaps even melancholy, lurks behind the revelry as Li seeks a balance between the spirit and the flesh. Tiffany Chao, Specialist in the Asian Art Division at Sotheby’s Los Angeles, has chosen six of her favourite works. Click ahead for a taste of Li Jin's raucous foodist travels.
Li Jin: A Devout Foodist’s Journey to the West
8–28 June | Los Angeles