Vanishing Point: Liu Bolin hand-paints camouflage to blend himself into different backdrops

Image credit: Liu Bolin

This week, prepare yourself for the launch of the first solo exhibition in the UK by world-renowned Chinese artist, Liu Bolin. Vanishing Point at BAFA Contemporary gallery in Mayfair, London, will showcase previously unseen photographic works exploring Bolin's signature method of using complicated and precise hand-painted camouflage to blend himself into different backdrops – all the while raising questions about visibility, concealment, consumerism and the environment.

Evolving from his acclaimed series at Art Basel, Bolin’s latest work allows us to distinguish him amongst several vivid backgrounds; including beer cans, English banknotes, piles of bricks and coins.

Recognised as one of the most imaginative and engaging artists in the world of performance art, Bolin continues to push boundaries by incorporating others into the picture. Last year, the artist enlisted twenty homeless people to feature alongside him in order to raise awareness about the issue of homelessness in his home country.

Born in 1973 in Shandong, China, Bolin studied Art at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. Emerging with a number of prominent artists reacting against China’s Cultural Revolution, his work, like many of his contemporaries, engages with the social concerns and struggles present in his own country.

Liu Bolin: Vanishing Point runs from 20 June until 15 September 2018 at BAFA Contemporary, a new gallery on New Bond Street in Mayfair, London.

Image credit: Liu Bolin

Image credit: Liu Bolin

Image credit: Liu Bolin

Image credit: Liu Bolin

Image credit: Liu Bolin

Image credit: Liu Bolin

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Image credit: Liu Bolin

Image credit: Liu Bolin

Image credit: Liu Bolin

Image credit: Liu Bolin

Image credit: Liu Bolin

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Image credit: Liu Bolin

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