“The Phoenix” by E’wao Kagoshima is a large-scale painting that he created in 1982 as part of a series of large, monochrome works. This abstract piece centers on the creature’s head, especially the watchful eye, the beak, crown, and claw. The fiery red intensity gives the bird its phoenix-like character, as well as its seeming rise out of black ashes. An interesting item of note is the fairly detailed US dollar coin seated beneath the bird, humorously misspelled and haphazardly printed with a backward “N.” This piece, with its volume and energy, surely demands a grand, high-traffic space in need of a central talking point.
Internationally acclaimed Vietnamese-French artist Lebadang (1921-2015) is a painter, engraver and sculptor whose work includes drawings, paintings, lithographs and engravings with classical themes. He created sets for the Paris Opera in 1977, and was commissioned to create Jacques Ruffié's Academician's Sword. Lebadang has been awarded many distinctions in France, the United States, England and Vietnam, including Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters in France in 1994. His work inspired Vietnamese authorities to create Lebadang Art Foundation created in 2006. In 2015 his wife, Myshu Lebadang, donated a collection of his works on paper to the Cernuschi Museum in Paris. His works are found in many private collections throughout the world.
E'wao Kagoshima (b.1945 in Japan) is a renowned international painter, sculptor and collage artist of the Japanese Pop Art and Pop Surrealist genres. He has participated in many solo and group exhibitions worldwide, including The New Museum, MoMA PS1 and galleries throughout New York City, Tokyo, Osaka, Paris, London, Brussels, and Zurich. Kagoshima emerged as an artist in Tokyo in the late 1960s and joined New York’s East Village art scene in 1976. He creates hyper-imaginative and erotic surrealist paintings with elements of kitsch and caricatures, as well as motifs from traditional Japanese culture.