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    WANDERING SPIRIT: LYRICAL LANDSCAPES BY LI XUBAI
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    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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