The paintings from Xu’s ongoing 'Under Heaven' series are a voluptuary dream. He applies a thick layer of oil paint to a canvas and then forms delicate petals and flowers using a cake decorator. The resulting impasto creates a striking relief, tempting the viewer to touch or even taste. The expansive title, 'Under Heaven,' is a literal translation of a Chinese word meaning “the whole world.” The sumptuous surfaces as well as the allusive title make the works an intense sensual experience.
The Red Show, May 21 - July 17, 2021, James Barron Art, Kent, CT