Nan Xu

“I am concerned with the communication of the unknown energy between nature and human through the event of nature or civilization transformation in a magic-realistic world.”

Resurrection Valley - Oil on canvas 48 x 72 in.

“I am interested in painting both the urban and natural landscape.  I like to combine the sincere and vivid natural status of beings, such as rocks and clouds, with the discovery of the relationship between the seen world and the world inside myself. I like to use a mix of media; oil, pen, and acrylic, to create a language which describes the texture, space and light effect of materials, transferring both the rational and romantic feeling of nature. The paintings of the old masters of Hudson River School give me influence in terms of the light effect of the natural landscape and the way they push the paintings into an ideal romantic world. My recent project is talking about the communication of the unknown energy between nature and human through the event of nature or civilization transformation in a magic-realistic world.”

Grand Sonata - Oil on canvas 36 x 48 in.
Christmas Dream - Oil on canvas 30 x 40 in.
Big Boss - Oil on wood panel 12 x 12 in.
The Day After Tomorrow - Oil on canvas 30 x 30 in.

Originally from China, Nan Xu lives and works in New York City. She holds an MFA (2017) from the New York Academy of Art. From post-apocalyptic mountain-scapes to atmospheric urban views, Nan Xu architects not only perfectly balanced compositions but manages to evoke a feeling, an aura of anticipation or mystery. Devoid of the figure, her landscapes seem to represent before something ominous is about to happen.


This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


 

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