‘The National Gallery shows off some of its recent purchases’
Published on: October 17, 2014
Howie Tsui, formerly of Ottawa and now in Vancouver, also makes his debut in the gallery’s collection, with The Unfortunates of D’Arcy Island, a four-panel history of a colony of banished Chinese lepers off Victoria, B.C. in the late 19th century. As with so much of Tsui’s work it is “lovely and horrific at the same time,” Vogl says. The desperate fate of the lepers is cast in Chinese pigment and calligraphy ink on mulberry paper. It is terrible to behold, but Tsui makes it impossible to look away.
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