The Watchman 259 x 159 x 310 cm
Plasma spray coating


In this striking artwork, a warrior is attempting to free himself from a fishing net. The interwoven structure of the glittering net represents human greed, while its golden colour represents material ostentation. The fighting warrior himself symbolises the desire to obtain freedom and authentic joy, which can be achieved by freeing oneself from ‘the net’ of greed. The figure is the embodiment of strength and energy within the traditional East Asian culture.


Ren Zhe graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts Sculpture Department in Tsinghua University. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions, both in China and internationally, and his artworks have won numerous prizes.