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Wild flowers, angels in dreamy scenes

IT is very hard to categorize artist Hu Yaqiang.

But one thing is for certain, it is not easy to forget his paintings.

Hu's solo exhibition "Flower Diary" is underway at the Mingyuan Art Center through next Friday.

On entering the exhibition hall, viewers are immediately drawn by the unusual round or fan-shaped frames, quite different from traditional framing.

Paintings intricately depict dreamy scenes. Curvaceous female angels hide, dance or play musical instruments in a forest of flowers.

In fact, Hu's subject is not fresh but he presents it in a fresh way.

Apart from framing, the technique and colors are special. Unlike many realistic painters, Hu is more inclined toward traditional implicative skills, emphasizing aura of the whole tableau rather than detail. The colors are not striking, but in golds, silvers and earth colors, and they conjure a distant mysterious heaven.

"Every time before I pick up a brush, I always draw many sketches and arrange the whole tableau cautiously, for example, the liaison between colors and shape," Hu says. "But when in real creation, I just forget them all and paint spontaneously."

Poetic meaning seems to waft over the paintings.

"I try to present a spirit garden for viewers to escape the outside hustle and bustle," he says. "You can see there are no treasured flowers, only wild flowers or the ignored wild grasses representing the primitive power of nature and life, which is daringly beautiful."

Date: through May 28 (closed on Monday), 10am-4pm

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