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Spiritual home to escape the real world

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Hu Yaqiang’s solo oil painting exhibition “Spring Flowers” kicks off at Hongqiao Venture Capital Harbor, showcasing the 61-year-old artist’s work on canvas over the past two decades.

All 20 works on display are carefully selected from Hu’s signature series “The Garden” on which he works tirelessly, depicting dreamy forests with wildflowers, grasses and herbs where curvy female angels sit. hide and play.

Filled with mystery and poetry only found in Eastern culture, Hu’s Brush Garden offers viewers a spiritual floristic home to escape the hustle and bustle of the real world.

“Wild flowers and grass in Chinese culture are emblems of the primitive power of nature and life. They are not precious plants, but they grow wild and free with strong vitality and perseverance, ”said Hu.

A retired professor from the College of Fine Arts of Shanghai Normal University, Hu is familiar with Western oil painting, watercolors, and traditional Chinese ink brushing. The works on display show his skillful technique drawn from different categories of painting and the ability to combine them into one.

It focuses more on creating an aura of the whole image rather than the details. His brush runs freely and spontaneously across the board after drawing sketches for the next board. This type of artistic creation echoes what he paints – wildly flourishing, sprawling plants.

Hu is currently working on a 5,000-meter-long roll of black and white Indian ink portraits of Tibetans. He still has 2,000 meters to go, which he says will take five years.

“This is my new artistic exploration but it is a huge project. The simple and sincere quality of Tibetans has always attracted me, and it was my primitive urge to represent them,” he said.

“Qi Li” or “Enchanting” by Hu Yaqiang, 2008

Exhibition information

Dates: until January 16, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Location: Hongqiao Venture Capital Harbor

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Address: Bldg 25, 3081 Hongmei Road

虹梅 路 3081 号 25 栋