Award-winning, Chinese Artist, Hao Xu creates colorful and expressive abstract compositions on canvas. She is inspired by her background in film, 20th-century abstract expressionist Zao Wou-Ki, action painter Jackson Pollock and impressionist Henri Matisse.
Xu uses color and motion to explore her feelings. The artist layers non-representational pigments with systems of saturated reds, blues, greens, and gold. Gray tones revealed through the mixing of hues, galvanize a sense of depth. For Xu, white backgrounds represent the calm after the storm.
In a process that begins with meditation, Xu reaches into the recesses of her heart and uncovers emotionally charged memories of love, loss, transformation, and acceptance. Xu wields her brush, dragging and dripping acrylic pigment with waves of movement. Gestural mark-making slides across the substrate like a mysterious script that explodes from the freedom and frenzy of streaming consciousness. Blurred patches of paint seem like sped-up film clips. Visceral remembrance becomes material documentation. Xu presents the viewer with a painterly tome for a storied self-discovery.
Xu holds a Master of Arts in Art and Art Education from Columbia University and Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media Production from the Arizona State University. She currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist