The Romance at the Hamptons - Artwork - Jacky Tsai

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The Romance at the Hamptons

The Romance at the Hamptons


In: 2015, Lacquer Carving, Original  |  180cm x 148cm
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The Romance at the Hamptons


In: 2015, Lacquer Carving, Original



They come for the beach, the bikinis, the champagne, and the parties. Each summer Long Island’s South Fork swells with the rich and the celebrity. This summer super heroes, villains, and feudal lords from ancient china, come to enjoy the glamour and glitz the Hamptons has to offer

Inspired by Romance of the Three Kingdoms, one of the four great novels in Chinese classical literature, The Romance at the Hamptons is a parody to “the brotherhood forged at the peach garden” scene from the novel.

Set in the end of the Han dynasty, Romance of the Three Kingdoms is part historical, part legend and part mystical. The story recounts the three power blocs that emerged from the remnants of the Han dynasty. Tsai’s recreation on its most notable scene defines new meaning of brotherhood as well as means of celebration. 

Unworldly scenery, with juxtapositions of between super heroes and villains between foreign feudal lords, The Romance at the Hamptons depicts a new kind of brotherhood in the era, a new way of partying for the descendants of the dragon.