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Goatherd by Zhao Qian Xu 694. The Goatherd: original oil painting on canvas by Zhao Qian Xu (2008)

Xu likes to paint in a less than realistic style.  In this night time portrait of a Zang minority goat herder, the feel is on the surrealistic side.  Although it is dark outside, the goats appear almost as if they are in the spotlight; some of them hardly connected to the ground.

The woman, too, in her brightly-colored traditional clothing, seems like she is also lit up, and the colors of her dress seem to pour into the ground at her feet; the goat in front of her blends into her dress.  It is as though it is all just apparition.

We always appreciate the talent of Zhao Qian Xu, and this slightly-eery portrait is a fine example of his work and his ability as an artist.
  sold   140x120cm  
               
Shanbei Farmer I by Xu Zhao Qian 704. Old Farmer in Shanbei I: original oil painting on canvas by Zhao Qian Xu (2006)

Art has its roots in social commentary: that's what the cave drawings from 30,000 years ago were all about.  Today, in China, social commentary takes on a number of forms.  There is political art, which is, sometimes, creative; sometimes, strictly commercial.  There are a lot of paintings of girls because the sexual revolution of the 1960's was delayed by the Cultural revolution and is only occuring now.  The final form is true social commentary on the way people actually live, in China, today, as opposed to all the modern life scenes that China shows us on TV.

This latter category gives us true peeks into real life, in China, not that of the glossy newsreels, and I appreciate it, personally, most of all, for I have lived in and traveled the backroads of China for the last five years, and this is what I see.

This is a portrait of a simple farmer from Shanbei, in the north.  It shows a rugged man with his simple native dress, and, as usual, Xu has done an excellent job at the art of portraiture, this time, in a more realistic style.

  $   80x70cm  
               
Horseman by Zhao Qian Xu 662. The Horseman: original oil painting on canvas bu Zhao Qian Xu (2008)

The horse has always played a large role, in Chinese culture, and it has been a theme, in Chinese art for milennia.  Although that culture has been lost by most of China, in modern times after the Cultural Revolution of Mao Zedong, it remains in many of the sub-culutres of the so-called Chinese minority peoples, like the Zang of Tibet.

This painting of a horseman is part of a series of the Zang minority that Xu did in 2008.  All of the paintings are done in dark blues and purples, giving them an ethereal, night time quality.  In this series, the figures have the quality of apparitions, giving them a surrealistic feel.

      120x140cm  
               
Young Miao Girl, painting by Xu Zhao Qian 780. Young Miao Girl, original oil painting by Xu Zhao Qian, c. 1990

The Miao minority are known for their intricate designs in silver, which girls accumulate, basically, as a dowry for their eventual marriage.

Xu did this painting about two decades ago, and he tells us that it took him several months to complete the details that he has done in her headdress (see more detail in linked page).  Indeed, we see many paintings of the Chinese minority peoples and their intricately designed clothing and ornaments by many artists, but this one has the best detail that we have ever seen.
  $15,000   63x80cm  
               
Teen years by Xu Zhao Qian 705. The Teen Years: original oil painting on canvas by Xu Zhao Qian (2005)

The teen years are when girls blossom, mirrored by the blossoming flowers, in the background of this portrait of a teenage girl.  Barefoot and innocent, she is lost in the soulful contemplation, which many teens go through, hugging herself for security, as she blossoms into a young woman.  Indeed, there is much melodrama from young girls, in China, and most of the rock 'n roll songs are sad songs about breakups.

The model for this portrait is actually the daughter of Xu's aunt, so, it is not just a picture of some young girl, like those of many other contemporary Chinese artists.  It is a portrait of a family member who is dear to him.

Xu went through a period where he painted many still life paintings of flowers, but this one uses the flowers for a background and symbolism, in a painting that is full of life and emotion.
  $25,000   120x100cm  
               
Shanbei Farmer II by Zhao Qian Xu 707. Old Farmer in Shanbei II: original oil painting on canvas by Zhao Qian Xu (2006)

Art has its roots in social commentary: that's what the cave drawings from 30,000 years ago were all about.  Today, in China, social commentary takes on a number of forms.  There is political art, which is, sometimes, creative; sometimes, strictly commercial.  There are a lot of paintings of girls because the sexual revolution of the 1960's was delayed by the Cultural revolution and is only occuring now.  The final form is true social commentary on the way people actually live, in China, today, as opposed to all the modern life scenes that China shows us on TV.

This latter category gives us true peeks into real life, in China, not that of the glossy newsreels, and I appreciate it, personally, most of all, for I have lived in and traveled the backroads of China for the last five years, and this is what I see.

This is a portrait, of a simple farmer from Shanbei, in the north, one of two differnt portraits that Xu made of this man.  It shows a rugged man with his simple native dress, and, as usual, Xu has done an excellent job at the art of portraiture, this time, in a more realistic style.
 
  $   80x70cm   
               
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