Misty landscapes, Clear thoughts – Hu Guoqing
July 15th opens in Milan, at Spaziotemporaneo-Patrizia Serra, Hu Guoqing solo exhibition curated by Maria Yvonne Pugliese. The exhibition is part of the cooperation of two galleries, Spaziotemporaneo and yvonneartecontemporanea, who have combined their personal experience on Oriental art. Patrizia Serra have made her first exhibition with an oriental artist in the Eighties and Maria Yvonne Pugliese has recently curated Xinjiang Biennale Italian section, 2014.
Hu Guoqing is at his first exhibition in Italy. At first glance you may see in his works the school and the traditional Chinese painting, but only at first glance. Hu work have nothing to do with the expressive action of the painting. In the old time, in the ink painting, the sign cannot be changed or correct, it is a simultaneous union of body and spirit. In Hu work is totally different. Hu Guoqing has as well a very meditative sensitivity, but his painting is made by a very long and layered work. At firs he makes some sketches with acrylic on canvass, searching forma and equilibrium. This first part of his research may last six month to make 20/25 sketches all in the same size 30×50 cm. Then he needs 3/4 months more to paint ten finished works oil on canvas. Why this process?, I asked him. He needs the first period with acrylics to develop the idea, but not to paint and give the final sensitivity he is looking for. Only oil painting may then reach the breath, the purity and simplicity he has in mind. Each final painting is made by 30, 40 or even 100 of brush steps. Hu research is an exercise to progressively closer and closer.