Gallery: 10 Chancery Lane Gallery
Artist(s): nothermountainman x Shuho, Cang Xin, Huang Rui, Gerry Li, Fiona Pardington, RongRong & inri, Manit Sriwanichpoom and John Thomson
Opening / Event Date: 11 Jun, 2020
Closing / End Date: 11 Oct, 2020
Leo Gallery is delighted to present “In Common”, a solo exhibition by Chinese Contemporary artist Xiao Jiang, showcasing a series of 13 oil paintings.
Xiao’s works are often reminiscent of paintings by American realist artist, Edward Hopper. If Hopper’s paintings captured the character’s melancholy state of solitude, then Xiao’s works are a demonstration of their tediousness in daily life.
“This series is derived from my daily life and personal experiences: faces under dimmed lights, people wandering among the mountains, they’re relaxing, napping, or appreciating the landscape… I would like my artworks to be less straightforward, they appeared to be ordinary yet are in fact with a hint of implication. This helps leaving rooms for audiences to have their own interpretation. With a bit of life attitude, all the ups and downs are in fact ordinaries.”
– Xiao Jiang
The various portrayals within Xiao’s works are meant to be an extended illustration of his very own experiences. This series was sourced from one of his trek to the mountains in his homeland, Jiangxi. During his hike, previous life events were linked up, serving as an inspiration of this collection based on several countryside and mountains. The series has been gradually prolonged until this day, which the context and ideas have also become more explicit.
Xiao’s mountains often have sharp peaks and even ridges. The lines are both intertwined yet neatly arranged. He uses lines to outline the colour, where the contrasting colours can be closely fused together as a collision, making the paintings look exaggerated and practical at the same time. With a unique perspective, Xiao captures and reconstructs the composition of his works. Simultaneously, placing the object off-center and a mingling of incomplete characters and events, an interesting balance is depicted in his paintings.