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Zhang Ju: portrait by Jian Bai Xu 643. Zhang Ju, original oil painting on canvas by Jian Bai Xu (Xu Jian Bai) 1959

Portraiture is the real test of artistic talent, and when we look at portraits we look for good technique and honesty, not some idealized version of people.  That kind of portraiture began, at least, with the impressionist school but is really much older than tah, if you look at portraits, even from the Renaissance.

Jian Bai Xu always makes thoughtful, well-executed portraits, no matter if the portrait has extra meaning, like in her portraits of Chinese minority people, or just of a friend.
Shenzhen (2): painting by Jian Bai Xu (Xu Jian Bai) 667. Shenzhen (2), original oil painting on canvas by Jian Bai Xu (Xu Jian Bai) 1983

In the early 1980's, Deng Xiao Ping, second in command of the Chinese government, decreed the creation of the city of Shenzhen, across the border from Hong Kong.  At the time, there was only a small fishing village along the coast, in a sheltered bay, with the islands and land of Hong Kong and the New Territories to the east.

Today, Shenzhen is a huge metropolis, stretching along the coast for several miles, and it is still growing.  It is also a port city where many of the exports from Guangdong leave on container ships for Western destinations.

In this picture, we see a gang of workers pulling cable from a gigantic roll, as, in China, even today, much of the work that is done by machinery, in the U.S., is done by manual labor since there are plenty of workers but, still, a lack of machinery.
Woman with Shopping Basket: painting by Jian Bai Xu 633. Woman with Shopping Basket, original oil painting portrait by Jian Bai Xu (1963)

Again, Jian Bai Xu (Xu Jian Bai) gives us a portrait, not only of a woman, but of life, in China, in the 1960's, around the time of the cultural revolution.

We like portraiture but mostly when it has additional meaning or information to convey.  In fact, with her bandana tied around the back of her hair and her simple attire, she reminds me of the way many of the Zang minority women dress, even today.  Her shopping basket reminds me of the one that my mother used, to go to market, in the 1950's and early 1960's.
Still Life with Pomegranite: painting by Jian Bai Xu 646. Still Life with Pomegranate, original oil painting on canvas by Jian Bai Xu (Xu Jian Bai) 1982

It is always nice to see good still life paintings.  This one by Jian Bai xu with a ceramic horse, bowl and pomegranates has beautiful bright colors and is well executed, so we added it to the gallery.

Waves Breaking on Rocky Shore: painting by Jian Bai Xu (Xu Jian Bai) 644. Waves Breaking on Rocky Shore: original oil painting on canvas by Jian Bai Xu 1982

Much of the shoreline, in China, that we have visited has mountains going right down to the sea, and the shoreline is sprinkled with large outcroppings.  There are usually islands off the shore, which are just bigger rock outcroppings.

As far as seascapes go, this is a very interesting painting, in that it has captured wave breaking on rocks in a very realistic fashion, and it is a beautiful way to bring the seashore into your home.
Hua xi in Guiyang: painting by Jian Bai Xu 158. Huaxi in Guiyang, original oil painting on canvas by Jian Bai Xu (1986)

We liked this painting, not only for it's child-like qualities and pastel colors, but also because it is so typical of China.  Often, in China, groupings of houses will appear in the most unlikely of places, and they will be built close together, like those shown, here, so that there is virtually no space left, but for the narrow, stepped walkway between them.  Huaxi is in the south of Guiyang, which is known as the pearl of the altiplano, in Guizhou Province.
We have other works by Jian Bai Xu, in our gallery, which are not displayed in our on-line gallery.  If you are interested in seeing more of her works, please contact us by phone or by email, and will will forward more of her works to you by email. Office: 086 20 83600764; clm@leonacraig.com
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