‘A Very Taiwanese King Kong’
黑熊霸王 Pronounced Hei Xiong Ba Wang!
(Translates roughly as Black Bear King)
50 x 70cm, Acrylic Gouache on Cold Pressed 400gsm 100% Cotton Fabriano Paper /壓克力不透明顏料與Fabriano 400磅冷壓棉紙
Currently hanging in the Birds in Hats Taiwan exhibition, at URBN Culture, Taipei. Original, framed painting is 25,000NT / £600. Limited edition print available here.
The idea for this painting came suddenly and fully formed - prompted by glancing up at Taipei 101 and imagining how much more fun King Kong would have been if King Kong was a Taiwan Black Bear. The style of the poster is inspired by the iconic, hand-painted posters made for the original 1933 movie but, of course, replacing the landscape of New York with Taipei - and replacing the airplanes with a flock of Taiwan Blue Magpies.