We welcome our audience to a new exhibition! Xia Xiuhua will show here works until the 15th of February, over the Spring Festival.
Read Professor Ma Yidan’s introduction of Xia Xiuhua and her art:
I remember when I first saw the oil paintings of Xia Xiuhua. It was eight years ago, that evening when I passed by Kunming City. In the rented room I saw powerful paintings, which was difficult to relate to the smiling, young girl from the Yunnan province. Studying design and character is always perceptual and sincere in my impression; together with the art works it fulfilled the power. The young lady running under the blurred sunlight impressed me in each of the colorful paintings.
Later, Xia Xiuhua became a Master Student of mine. She still hasn’t forgotten this kind of running-style on the painting cloth, in spite of the extremely busy period of studying for the master curriculum.
The works of Xia Xiuhua has an intense symbolic meaning. It is easy to see the influences from the impressionists during the later European period like Gaugin and van Gogh both in the old series of colorful “Running”, and in the new series of elegant simplicity called “Disappearing Images”.
There are also expressions of her personal moods in the works. Especially, we can feel a poetic sentimental connotation revealed in a natural way. It was produced when modern conception met with regional culture.
The works of Xia Xiuhua show a sensitive, beautiful and light sorrowfulness, which particularly belongs to female artists. Let’s regard it as a new kind of language and a portrayal of the mind.
Professor Ma Yidan
Southwest University, Fine Art School, in Chongqing