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Xu Hua Xin 许华新

Xu Hua Xin 许华新

Xu Hua Xin’s art reflects his years of searching to express the purity and softness of white snow amidst the crystalline hardness of the mountains. The magnificence and steely resolve of his mountains contrasts with the softness of snow and the quiet reserve of water. The gentle brook defiantly carves its way through the snow; the mountains act as a backdrop to the placid quietude of the winter lake. Mist-coloured mountains suggest a furtive, ephemeral shifting of the landscape.

Created with a wet painting technique, the entire rice paper is soaked in water before Xu paints with a brush that is mostly water and just a little ink. This technique allows the artist to create hazy and misty scenes that appear incredibly natural and clean. His works are an expression of the intensity of water rather than ink, and a balancing of the depth of vision created with ink and the tranquillity and whiteness created by water.

Xu Hua Xin 许华新

1968 Born in Guilin, China
1991 Graduated from Guangxi Normal University’s Art school
2004 Graduated from Xiamen University’s Art school under the tutelage of Professor Hong Hui Zhen
2006 Continued studies at the National Art Academy’s Chinese Landscape studio
2007 Continued studies at the China Art Research Institute’s Jia Youfu Landscape studio

Currently the Managing Director of Beijing University’s Jia Youfu Research Institute, lecturer at the Central Academy of Fine Arts’s Jia Youfu Landscape studio, Professor at the Guilin Tourism Institute’s Art Academy, Editor for Chinese Art and Calligraphy magazine and member of the China Artist’s Association

Xu Hua Xin’s art reflects his years of searching to express the purity and softness of white snow amidst the crystalline hardness of the mountains. The magnificence and steely resolve of his mountains contrasts with the softness of snow and the quiet reserve of water. The gentle brook defiantly carves its way through the snow; the mountains act as a backdrop to the placid quietude of the winter lake. Mist-coloured mountains suggest a furtive, ephemeral shifting of the landscape.

EXHIBITION & NOTABLE COLLECTIONS

2018 Art Stage Singapore – White Space Art Asia
2017 Xu Hua Xin solo ink exhibition “A Journey to the Emptiness”, Beijing
2017 Joint Exhibition “Neohumanisim”, Jiangsu Changshu
2017 Art Stage Singapore, White Space Art Asia
2016 Art Taipei, White Space Art Asia
2016 The First Group Exhibition of Guilin Landscape Painting in Guilin Huaqiao Art Museum
2016 Seeking Individuality - The First Xu Hua Xin Chinese Ink Experimental and Research Teacher and Student Exhibition & Professional Seminars and Workshops
2016 Art Nanjing
2016 Joint Exhibition of 60 Excellent Contemporary Chinese Ink Artists Academic Exhibition
2016 Eastern Realm – Joint Exhibition of Contemporary Ink Painting, Gallery49, Beijing
2016 Xu Hua Xin solo ink exhibition “Jade-like landscape”, Beijing
2016 Singapore Affordable Art Fair April Edition, Singapore F1 Pit Building
2015 Joint Exhibition INK by White Space Art Asia, Singapore
2015 Return - Riverside Art Museum Opening Ceremony
2015 NJIAF (2015) Exhibition, Nanjing
2015 Joint Exhibition of Chinese ink artists, Shanghai
2015 Xu Hua Xin solo ink exhibition held in Qingzhou
2014 CIGE2014 Art Fair, Beijing
2014 A New Breath exhibition of contemporary Chinese ink artists in Zhengzhou and Beijing
2014 Joint exhibition of Chinese ink artists, Beijing
2014 Joint exhibition of contemporary artists, Beijing
2014 The new collection Jade exhibited in Dongguan
2013 10 works selected for the AAC Art China exhibition in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu,
Xian and Wuhan
2013 The collection Jade was exhibited at Cao Zhou
2012 A new collection entitled Jade was exhibited at 798 Art District in Beijing
2012 The collection Jade was exhibited at Nan Ning, Eastern League Art Museum, Nan Ning
2012 Participated in the The Degrees of Freedom contemporary ink exhibition, Beijing
2012 Participated in a China-Korea ink artists exhibition, Seoul, Korea
2012 Participated in the China Ink Artists Symposium organized by the National Innovation and
Development Research Committee, Beijing
2012 Artwork entered into the academic exhibition Spiritual Boundaries
2012 Artwork entered into The Sacred Book exhibition at Linyi, Shandong
2012 Artwork entered into the Haerbin Young Artists Exhibition, Haerbin
2011 Artwork entered into the seventh Chinese Artists Association Chinese Ink Exhibition
2011 Curated and participated in the 2011 Beijing Culture Chinese Ink Exhibition
2011 Artwork entered into The Ink Dragon invitational exhibition, Shandong
2011 Artwork entered into the Teacher-Student exhibition organized by the Beijing University Jia
Youfu Studio, held at the Beijing University
2010 Artwork entered into the sixth Chinese Artists Association Chinese Ink Exhibition
2009 Artwork entered into a Teacher-Student exhibition titled A Soundless Call, organized by the
Jia Youfu Landscape Studio, held at the Shandong Fine Arts Museum
2009 Exhibited at the Guangxi Invitational Exhibition
2008 Exhibited at the Asia Antique Exhibition held in Hong Kong
2008 Artwork entered into the exhibition An Arduous Journey, a Teacher and Student joint
exhibition organized by the Jia Youfu Landscape Studio, held at the China National Art
Museum
2008 Secluded Dusk awarded the Outstanding Prize at the National Chinese Ink Exhibition
2007 A Wind Across the Pool awarded the Gold Prize at the fifth Li Chang Youth Ink Exhibition
2006 Tranquil Dawn selected for entry into the All China Municipality Landscape Exhibition
2005 The Mist Awakens the Secluded Pond awarded the Outstanding Prize at the fifth National
China Landscape exhibition
2005 Autumn’s Dusk at the Village awarded Outstanding Prize at the second Li River School Young
Artist Exhibition
2004 Xu Hua Xin solo ink exhibition held in Dongguan
2004 Meditation entered into the second Miao Minority Cultural Art Exhibition
2004 Xu Hua Xin Landscape Solo Exhibition held in Guilin
2004 Xu Hua Xin Art Exhibition – Solo exhibition in Xiamen
2000 The Peaks of Autumn selected for entry into the Centennial China Art Direction Exhibition
1999 First Rays at ChangTing awarded the Outstanding Prize at the 2550 Years Confucius
Commemorative Exhibition
1999 The Vista awarded Outstanding Prize at the Mao Ze Dong Poetry Exhibition
1999 Village entered into the first Chinese Ink Artists exhibition of small ink works
1999 From Stream to River entered into the Return of Macau Art Exhibition
1998 Artwork selected for entry into the International Chinese Ink Exhibition
1998 Awarded Outstanding Prize at the exhibition Deep Forests – Water and Man
1998 Landscape Impressions received the Outstanding Prize at the exhibition celebrating the 40th
Anniversary of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
1998 Artwork received the second prize at the Yellow River Rose Exhibition
1997 Received the Jury Selection Prize at the first National Young Artists’ Art Exhibition
1997 Murmur of the Mountain Spring entered into the third National China Landscape exhibition
1996 The Bridge and A Treacherous Path awarded the Outstanding Prize at the China Buddhist
Cultural Art Exhibition
1995 Artwork selected for entry into the second Five Autonomous Regions Art Exhibition
1995 Awarded Outstanding Prize at the China Institutions Ink and Calligraphy Exhibition
1994 Represented the Guilin Artists Association at an exhibition in Japan
1994 Mountain Fastness Mist awarded the Gold prize at the National Chinese Ink exhibition
1994 Artwork awarded the Outstanding Prize at the International Chinese Ink Exhibition
1993 Artwork selected for entry into the second National China Landscape exhibition


PUBLICATIONS

2017 Wen Run Wu Yin, Xu Hua Xin Ink Work Collection
2016 The pure soul, Xu Hua Xin work collection
2012 Jade, Jiangxi Art Publications
2010 In the Footsteps of the Artist, Tianjin People’s Publication
2008 Art of the Heart, Jiangxi Art Publications
2008 China Young Artists Series – Xu Hua Xin, Shandong Art Publications
2006 Xu Hua Xin on Lijiang, China Art News Publications

Created with a wet painting technique, the entire rice paper is soaked in water before Xu paints with a brush that is mostly water and just a little ink. This technique allows the artist to create hazy and misty scenes that appear incredibly natural and clean. His works are an expression of the intensity of water rather than ink, and a balancing of the depth of vision created with ink and the tranquillity and whiteness created by water.

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Contemplating on Still Waters - In Conversation with Xu Hua Xin

Sep-18

Water has been exalted for its many values throughout Chinese history. A slow, dripping trickle can erode even the biggest obstacle over time, and it has the patience to turn a mountain into a valley.
Water is paradoxical by nature – it is formless yet graceful, powerful yet compliant. An artist must tread a fine line when it comes to manipulating water and ink. The beauty of Chinese ink is in the precarious brinksmanship between control and chaos. Skill has to embrace unpredictability and a trust in accidental miracles. Xu chooses to work predominantly with water as it continues to reveal and surprise him after so many years.

In our interview with him, Xu discusses his philosophy, inspirations and influences in his latest solo exhibition with us. Special feature includes the installation footage of a massive 2.3x8m painting at ION Art gallery.