Lam Yuk Fai

Family & I
Grandmother Son Bride Double Happiness Piano Breakfast Closed on Sunday Chinese New Year Tent Stairs Structuring Coloring
Country & I
Last Dynasty Sunrise in Beijing Sunset in Beijing Distorted Monument Preposterous Square Deng Xiao Ping Chinese's Hardship Sun Yat Sen
Trees 1 Trees 2 Final Chapter - Land Final Chapter - Trees Want Not, Waste Not
Heaven & I
Who Jesus Christ Psalm 19
Art in Hospital Back from Documenta 9 Drawing 1 Drawing 2 Drawing 3 Prints 1 Prints 2 Prints 3 Prints 4 Prints 5
Sunrise in Beijing

Sunrise in Beijing   |   1990   |   Oil on Canvas   |   153 x 204cm

Two other paintings were created at the same time to accompany "The Last Dynasty of China" and they formed a set. "Sunrise in Beijing" was the first one of the set which depicted the demonstration at Tiananmen Square. Flooded with slogans and crowds, the people's demands were clearly stated in the banners of the front rows, while the makeup of those demonstrators was displayed in the banners of the back rows. Contrary to the Chinese leaders allegation, it was not a small group of defiant instigators but a crowd who was well represented by all the different classes of the society. The author felt hopeful because the Chinese people, with their ideals and ambitions for the nation, expressed their desires through peaceful demonstration. But in the contrary, "Sunset in Beijing", the last one of the set, depicted the consequence of the peaceful demonstration – the infamous evening of "June Fourth".