Writing the Mind 寫意空間
Paintings by Xu Yanzhou 徐彥洲繪畫
Xu Yanzhou 徐彥洲
August 2008
256 pages
9" x 12", color illustrations throughout
HK$120 (Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China, and Taiwan only)
US$24 (Other Countries)
Hardback 978-962-8038-69-5

This catalogue illustrates the achievements to date of the Chinese realist oil painter, Xu Yanzhou. Xu was the youngest oil painter to publish a monograph of his art work in China, and had a solo exhibition at the China Art Gallery. The topics of Xu’s paintings are diverse, ranging from realistic rural paintings, captivating female portraits, imaginative paintings which are close to science fiction and large scale paintings of animals. He incorporates modern ideas into his work, questioning life and society. The changes in Xu’s art, his choice of topics and styles, follow changes in his own experiences. Through complex compositions and use of colour, Xu expresses his conceptual and even surrealist thinking, and his belief in xieyi to be the ultimate beauty in art.

本書是中國藝術家徐彥洲油畫作品的圖錄。徐彥洲是在中國出版個人畫集,以及在中國美術館舉辦個人畫展最年輕的油畫家。他的畫題多變,並不斷在生活中尋找創作題材,當中有田園寫實畫、神秘科幻畫、懾人的女子肖像,以及大型的動物畫。他在作品中注入現代思想,探究與生命和社會相關的問題,主張畫題和畫風當隨著生命中不同的經歷而改變。透過複雜的構圖和色彩,徐表達出抽象的思想,甚至是超現實的作風,以及他認為藝術創作應朝向的寫意道路。