Artist of the moment……Xu Lei

 

 

 

Xu Lei is a contemporary Chinese artist who paints with traditional ink on silk. Xu Lei was born in Nantong, Jiangsu, China  in the year 1963. The artist attended Nanjong Art Academy.

Xu Lei is a painter and printmaker. Lei paints with a  mix of schools, using ideas and techniques from the Song and Ming dynasties.

The artist came to national prominence in the 1980s.

In this clip a brief interview with English subtitles with Xu Lei:

The wine scene is very hot and profitable in China. Xu Lei designed the label for a Rothschild label and this clip explores this venture:

A great montage of works by Xu Lei from 2012:

Xu Lei is based out of Beijing, China. The artist teaches at the China Art Academy.

Price range information: Originals range from $50,000 to $500,000. His ink on silk paintings are very large in size.

What a great sense of style. Its always intriguing to see what the artist leaves out. Who is reading the book in bathtub? What does the sitter’s face look like? What a great twist on the ancient technique of painting with ink on silk.

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