Li Xuan was a Chinese famous painter. He was born on July 1, 1941, in Beijing.
His painting mainly blended traditional Eastern ink wash drawing with Western modes of art-making.
In 1956, he was admitted to the central Art Academy in China.
In 1967 – , He worked at Taiyuan daily newspaper. His works include comic books, Chinese paintings, oil paintings, watercolors, sculpture and so on.
In 1986, The artist worked in Taiyuan ancient architecture group.
In 1990, The artist started an art studio of his painting.
In 1996, The artist set up a gallery of YU ZHI.
In 2010, The artist published his first personal painting album.
In 2011, The artist died in his studio, at the age of 70.
Today his painting are held in various international private and public collections.
Li Xuan started painting at the age of eight. He spent his life exploring how to combine western painting with Chinese painting. Combing the gestural movements of traditional calligraphy with the compositional structure of western abstraction, the work is always telling a story. He expresses his thoughts and feelings through his brush with all his life’s energy and all his wisdom.
The World Behind Logic – A Brief Discussion on Xuan Li’s Ink Paintings
With the post-modern process of the world, in the turbulent and staggering evolution of economy and politics, culture and art serve as a reflection, and its appearance presents agitation, fantasy, splendour, frankness, profoundness, beauty… nature is the subject of all these phenomena.
Art is undoubtedly a dialogue between human and the world, and then a dialogue with the universe. Art is also a muse that soothes the soul, blesses the spirit, and inspires mankind to overcome despair and nothingness. The artist, who possesses the ultimate sensitivity and expressive ability, reflects various symptoms of the world in his own creations.
Mr. Li Xuan’s exquisite modern ink painting works brilliantly interpret the above-mentioned perceptions.
The first time I saw Mr. Li Xuan’s ink paintings, I immediately felt a throbbing through my heart! From a lofty perspective, swaying ink and galloping colours between dots and lines, he successfully brings the audience into the ethereal, mysterious, and profound spiritual world. The wilderness is ancient and vast, it is both unfamiliar and familiar; it is a little wary, but it seems to be eager to enter; it is like a nightmare, and it is like a reality that can be grasped in the haze. In the image, the unique comprehension, the single-mindedness of wisdom, and the wandering, contain the rich emotional code of the painter: mysterious, far and wide, ethereal and boundless. Undoubtedly, this is the heartfelt work of an artist who dedicates all his sincerity, effort and soul to the real people!
Mr. Li Xuan is an artist born in the 1940s and is very talented. The trajectory of his life is in harmony with the progress of the Chinese land. This generation has experienced diligence, dedication, hardship, struggle, search, surprise, and struggle as an artist, after experiencing the various plays under the curtain of the times. It is inevitable that in the fusion of the soul, the life and spiritual world of their own experience will be created.
Whether it is a masterpiece or a sketch, Mr. Li Xuan’s modern ink paintings are full of imagery and colour, the narration pouring out, and showing a strong artistic tension. In the mind of the artist, all natural phenomena are not only appearances and colours, but are dynamic and lively!
We can see that Mr. Li Xuan is deeply involved, seeks seclusion the meaning of the unknown, and deeply ties individual life to the cosmos and maximizes life, to be in the same stream. It is a kind of emotional superlative of instant comprehension, a fierce impulse of life, and a flow of life that takes the universe of creation and achieves the turbulent yin and yang in the picture. And in moving and swaying, the ink rhythm returns to the source of life and obtains the settlement of the soul.
On the steamy, ink-coloured, seemingly contradictory picture, if you take a serious look at it, you will realize that this is the world of rational craftsmanship behind Mr. Li Xuan’s logic – wandering from afar, wandering around freely, transporting the world, nurturing the four seas, the good fortune, the source of the heart, the heart of heaven and earth, a willful spirit swaying!
The painter expresses the idea with the image, and through the aesthetic pleasure, he stimulates the body and mind, and the life is agitated by the leisurely speculation, which is spacious and comfortable, from the outside to the inside. All forms of natural movement, with its great charm, attract the artist’s contemplation, and finally become an artistic crystallization. The universe is vast and deep, and individual life is tiny. Artistic creation is just the law of nature, entering the heaven and earth, cooperating with good fortune, and then self-propagating, mind-intelligence fusion, instant transcendence, and immersion in eternity…
The artist has created a real, sincere, and beautiful art that is “in everyone’s heart, but not in everyone’s writing”. In this spiritual realm of art, we can lift our lives and improve our spirituality. With a single leaf boat, we can reach the spiritual shore!
For this, we sincerely thank the arts, the artists, and Mr. Xuan Li!