Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery Presents 'Soul is like wind; life is like snow: Recent Works of Ai Xuan'
(12 February 2018, Hong Kong) Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery will proudly present a solo exhibition of works by Chinese painter, Ai Xuan (b. 1947, Zhejiang Province, China): Soul is like wind; life is like snow: Recent Works of Ai Xuan. Ai Xuan is regarded as the founder and a pioneer of the ‘Chinese Realist Painting School’, and is known for his nostalgic depictions of the Tibetan people, reflecting the impact of his personal travels to the region, which began whilst he was a painter for the People’s Liberation Army. The exhibition will showcase 29 of the artist’s latest works across various mediums, including three recently created oil paintings, seventeen ink works and nine drawings.
Ai Xuan began his career with oil paintings during the 1970s, and has been exploring new territory by also working with ink since 2008. His expansion into ink painting traces back to the roots of the artist’s culture, and provides a medium for experimentation whilst maintaining his rigorous approach.
The Tibetan people have been the subject of Ai Xuan’s work for decades; he is known for portraying young girls with bright but melancholy eyes. Ai Xuan has returned to the Tibetan region many times as part of his creative process, which is meticulous and lengthy. For each individual painting, the artist visits the region, taking photographs and compiling studies to inform his compositions on return to his studio in Beijing.
Ms Catherine Kwai, Founder of Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery, said, “We are proud to present a solo exhibition of works by Ai Xuan this March, which will be the first time we have shown the artist since 2013. Local and international art lovers will have a rare opportunity to see a range of the artist’s most recent and unseen works across a variety of mediums. Although Ai is now in his 70s, he is still working very hard to breakthrough and we hope that the exhibition will provide a vital platform and give audiences a deep insight into the artist’s process of creation.”