Portraits reflect real life
Updated: 2007-04-28 15:21
An exhibition of Realist
master Xu Weixin's oil paintings on contemporary Chinese workers is now on show
at the Shanghai Art Museum until May 17.
A piece of
painting on show by Xu Weixin.[Photo by
Entitled "Songs of Workers: Xu Weixin Oil Paintings Exhibition", this
exhibition features portraits of contemporary Chinese workers and represents the
artist's interest in ordinary lives. The dominant work is "Miner Series", which
is a number of portraits of real Chinese miners. Each painting is a close-up of
a single miner's face, some burnt in a gas explosion, some blackened by soot and
some covered by white gauze dotted with blood.
In addition, there are several paintings dedicated to Chinese migrant
workers, describing how they live their lives in their tiny shacks. This
exhibition also includes some of Xu's early oil paintings, such as "Holy Land
Lhasa", "Acid Rain", "Naan House" and "Market".
The realist master started his artistic career when he was a boy, drawing the
faces of Chinese government leaders in chalk. After spending a number of years
sketching many Chinese minority ethnic groups, he started working on his
"Portraits of Contemporary People Series", which the Miner Series is part of.
Throughout his artistic career, Xu has stayed with the realist style, by
carrying on the tradition of academic realistic painting techniques and
incorporating some elements of modern painting. In this way, he creates vivid
portraits that are lifelike. Xu is currently a professor at Xu Beihong School of
Painting of laborers on Labor's Day
Art Museum, No.325 Nanjing Xilu
Duration: until May 17