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WANDERING SPIRIT: LYRICAL LANDSCAPES BY LI XUBAI
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22 Mar 2013 - 12 May 2013

The University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong, is pleased to present an exhibition of landscape paintings by the Fuzhou-born painter and poet Li Xubai (b. 1940).

Li Xubai is a contemporary literati painter, well-versed in both western and Chinese traditional arts. He taught himself oil and watercolour painting in his early years, and began studying Chinese classical literature, poetry and landscape painting under the tutelage of the female artist and poet, Liu Heng (1895–1998) in the early 1960s. Li moved to Hong Kong in 1979, and worked as editor of art magazines before migrating to Canada in 1996. Since then, he has divided his time between Toronto, Fuzhou and Hong Kong.

Li’s paintings have a unique artistic and poetic appeal, incorporating stylistic elements reminiscent of works by masters such as Gong Xian (1618–1689), who developed the jimo (accumulating ink) technique in which landscapes are painted in layered ink. Li’s lyrical landscapes are subtle literary allusions that demonstrate the dialogue between literary and visual imagery, as well as the cultivation of the artist beyond his skills.

 

Mountain beside a Lake after Rain

Hanging scroll, ink and light colour on paper

 2011

 178 x 97 cm

 Collection of University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU

 

Purple Mist across Mountains

Horizontal scroll, ink and splash colours on paper

 2008 

 37 x 66 cm

Collection of Mrs Li Choi Yin-fong


Playing Bamboo Flute in Autumn Mountain

Fan painting, ink and colour on paper

 2012

 21 x 59 cm 

Collection of the artist

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