Escaping Lockdown (Shanghai 2022)

Xiao Bao Luo

The more restricted your world, the more focused you become.

Locked at home and unable to leave the house for 62 days during the Lockdown in Shanghai 2022, I began to see potential in everyday objects for creativity and amusement.
I set myself a task to recreate famous images, but not just as has been done before, I set some strict perameters;
Every image should include a surgical mask.
Must use objects only found at home.
Must be shot in a single photo (no photoshop comping only colour adjustment).
Must be shot using a timer and I must press the shutter.
The result, a full series of 22 Images (for 2022)
2 for topical events that happened during the same period.
And a lot of comments on the amount of junk in my home.

Artist biography

Xiao Bao Luo (Little Paul) is the Chinese pseudonym of Small Paul a British creative director based in Shanghai, for the past 6 years. With a day job dictated by conservative marketing directors, Paul finds escape in art and the absurd.


Escaping Lockdown (Shanghai 2022)
Xiao Bao Luo

The Recreation of Ad Man (after Michelangelo) ©XiaoBaoLuo 2022

Guy with a Spare AirPod (after Vermeer) ©XiaoBaoLuo 2022

The Manmaid (after Vermeer's Milkmaid) ©XiaoBaoLuo 2022

Man or Midget De Zigner (after Goya) ©XiaoBaoLuo 2022

Mucky Lisa (after Da Vinci & Cake) ©XiaoBaoLuo 2022

Death by Cabbage (after David) ©XiaoBaoLuo 2022

The Vaccinated Bather (after Ingres) ©XiaoBaoLuo 2022

Self Portrait with Massive Hat (after Van Gogh) ©XiaoBaoLuo 2022

The Bad Guitarist (after Picasso) ©XiaoBaoLuo 2022

The Artist's Duvet Cover (after Whistler) ©XiaoBaoLuo 2022

Self Portrait with Bungee Cord and Lettuce Leaves (after Khalo) ©XiaoBaoLuo 2022

The Mentalist (after Magritte) ©XiaoBaoLuo 2022

Untidy [Red Rug] (after Miro) ©XiaoBaoLuo 2022

Radiant BaoBy (after Haring) ©XiaoBaoLuo 2022

Banana (after Cattelan) ©XiaoBaoLuo 2022