Working in the traditional media of ink and Chinese pigments, He Xi employs the materials and techniques of the great masters of Chinese painting, informed by the rigorous training that he received at the prestigious China Academy of Art. His works often feature motifs found in traditional Chinese painting, such as flowers, birds, and fish, yet are firmly contemporary in tone and style. Many of his compositions are inspired by ancient parables, and demonstrate their continuing relevance to our modern urban existence. Others, however, arise from his observation of the contemporary world, seeking always to express his experience and vision of life.
Quietly humorous and often enigmatic, his thought-provoking paintings encourage the viewer to form their own interpretations of his idiosyncratic scenes. Frequently exploring the theme of freedom versus containment, in them we find a reflection of the human condition in the natural world, and an invitation to question the limits, both psychological and environmental, that we face in our journey through life.
Shaped by the great tradition of Chinese painting but unique in contemporary Chinese art, He Xi’s work is both timeless and strikingly contemporary, and this exhibition will be an unmissable opportunity for admirers of Chinese art in Britain to discover the work of an exceptional modern master.