Title: BIRDS NEST, HOME OF THE PEOPLE 鸟巢，劳动人民体育馆
Artist: Nicholas Bonner/Dominic Johnson Hill with DPRK artist
Year: September 2008
Medium: Gouache on paper
Dimensions: 73.5 x 103 cm
A striking surreal horizontally banded skyline flanked by a shining city and industry at maximum capacity. Streams of flag waving Chinese very reminiscent of North Korean ‘People’s Parades’.
The floral decoration in the foreground is used to frame the piece and set up the perspective- a technique used in their graphic imagery (example below).
A touch of Korean Confucianism with the focus on the young girl looking after the old man, a tourist in his own country witnessing the great changes, not the leap forward of his youth.
Development of the artwork