Huang Yuxing - 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale Hong Kong Thursday, July 9, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Asia
    Christie's, Shanghai, 24 October 2015, Lot 309
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Hong Kong, Galerie Perrotin, Flame And The Sea, Gao Weigang, Huang Yuxing, Ouyang Chun, 18 July - 17 August 2013

  • Literature

    Shanghai, Antenna Space, Huang Yuxing, 2014 (illustrated)
    Shanghai, Minsheng Art Museum, Alluvial: Huang Yuxing 2005-2015, 2015 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Born in Beijing in 1975, the prominent young Chinese contemporary artist Huang Yuxing quickly rose in the art scene after graduating from the Central Academy of Fine Arts’ Mural Painting Department in 2000. His works speak to the transience of time and frequently use natural elements resembling rivers, trees, bubbles and meteors as his subject. River belongs to a renowned body of works in which the artist has completely abandoned figuration to focus on the painting language itself, exploring the process of building up colours through repeated layering of thin, translucent paint onto the canvas, in order to bring up new visual experiences.

    Claude Monet
    Water Lilies, 1916
    Collection of The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
    River communicates a meditative dream space, the juxtaposition of vibrant and psychedelic neon hues interplay to form swirling motions on the surface of the water, imbuing the canvas with a heightened sense of vibrancy. The mottled green, pastel purple, dark blue and crimson tones overlap to form thick coating of pigments that recalls Claude Monet’s famous Water Lilies - the pioneering Impressionist master’s enduring subject - in which he had fully unleashed the vitality of colours to capture the changes in light. Huang manifests Monet’s mesmerizing palette with a contemporary twist, he prefers the bright and piercing fluorescent shades because it is ‘the colour of our generation, there is no such colour system in traditional easel paintings. It is special, like a kind of vigorous vitality being compressed or unleashed. This was the colour and the feeling that I needed.’

    Huang Yuxing
    River (detail), 2013
    A visual horizon divides the painting in half to create linear perspective, bringing a sense of balance and serenity to the composition. The distorted trees appear to melt and float in the background, while the psychedelic bubbles glow on the water surface, dissolving and vibrating, the fleeting nature of these fragile bubbles contemplates the flow of time, which contrasts with the permanence embodied in the constantly flowing river. Huang chose river as one of his favourite subjects because ‘it defines the shape of time in my mind's eye,’ engaging with the elusive concept of time with personal sensibility, the artist skillfully captures the same wisdom found in ancient aphorism that ‘everything is in flux’ in this work.

    Huang Yuxing’s highly sought-after practice has received recognition internationally, recently, he has been honoured with solo exhibitions at König Galerie, London (2019), Whitestone Gallery in Tokyo (2019) and Taipei (2018), as well as Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong (2016).



signed and dated 'HUANG Yuxing [in Pinyin] 2013' lower right
acrylic on canvas
142 x 230 cm. (55 7/8 x 90 1/2 in.)
Painted in 2013.

HK$600,000 - 800,000 

Sold for HK$1,375,000

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Danielle So
Associate Specialist, Head of Day Sale

20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 9 July 2020