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Xu Yisheng, "Autumn Scene With Two Figures on Bridge"
Xu Yisheng, "Autumn Scene With Two Figures on Bridge", ink and colour on paper, signed, 25 3/4” x 25 7/8”
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Liu Wenxi, "Man Smoking"
Liu Wenxi, "Man Smoking", ink and colour on paper, signed, 25 3/4” x 25 7/8”
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 1st, 10am - 5pm
One of the oldest traditions in the world, painting has held an important social position throughout Chinese history, with landscape depiction having always held the highest regard. During the cultural struggles of the twentieth century, traditional landscape painting thrived, maintaining classical characteristics while also embracing the potential of new developments. Alongside Xu Yisheng’s (b. 1943) evocative views of the magnificent landscape, we will be showing Liu Wenxi (b. 1933)’s figurative representations of the Shaanxi people. This group of paintings was last exhibited in 1988 at The Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver as a special cultural exchange between the provinces of Shaanxi and British Columbia. The exhibition was sponsored by BCTV and coordinated in association with the Premier of Shaanxi Province, who put forth Liu Wenxi and Xu Yisheng as their most respected artists.
Liu Wenxi (b. 1933) is the President emeritus and Dean of the Research Institute of Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts. During the 1950s, He was a primary advocate for the Shaanxi Cultural Bureau Art Creation Group during the Cultural Revolution and his depiction of Mao Zedong is represented on a set of currency commissioned by the People’s Bank of China in 1999.
Xu Yisheng’s (b. 1943) is currently the supervisor of postgraduate studies at Shaanxi Normal University. As a consultant to the Shaanxi government, he has assisted in developments led by the Research Institute of Culture and History. Mr. Yisheng has published over 100 writings and dissertations and been awarded for excellence twelve times at the local, national and international levels. The British Museum owns two paintings by Xu Yisheng.