Gao Xiaoyun (Gao Jing) was born in Shan Xi province, China and graduated from the Department of Oil Painting of the China Academy of Fine Art. He currently lives and works in Shanghai. He participated in the development of the Shanghai Pudong Artist Village and Puxi Art District, and founded the “Cloud Gallery”, “3A Gallery” and “Xiaoyun Culture”. His works have been collected extensively in the UK, Holland, the USA, Germany, France, Australia, Switzerland, Israel, Taiwan, Singapore and China.
Gao Xiao Yun brings into the Chinese scenery art a touch of modernism, which is deeply entangled with the detail work of an attentive mastermind who is in total control of oil technique on canvas. His knife palette is rich in colors and substantial in texture but at the same time delicate and selective in his compositions.
His sceneries are filled with an unlimited sense of time and light, with a slow movement of growth that rises into the misty horizon of a Shuzhou landscape.
The water and sky in Gao Xiao Yun’s paintings are the main elements, which control the whole composition, shaping the boundaries of each structure with their purity and fluidity. His art is famous for bringing back the observer into the past when everything was simpler and clearer. For the same reason, even on its intense textures, we may see signs of drippings in motion; even on his fading shadows we will find shimmering essence of the water. Somehow, it seems like these buildings are floating on the River, where no past and no future exist and all belongs to the present.
Gao Xiao Yun himself explains his belonging to the time: “For many years, I have been consistently searching for an ideal visual language and created the “Shanbei Landscape” series, “Question” series whose subjects are mainly heads and hands. I am pursuing a sense of stillness and motion, objectivity and subjectivity and I never stopped.
For many years, I have been consistently searching for an ideal visual language and created the “Shanbei Landscape” series, “Question” series whose subjects are mainly heads and hands. I am pursuing a sense of stillness and motion, objectivity and subjectivity and I never stopped.
Spontaneous, simple, clean, sophisticated and touching are the first impressions that most people have on my works. I am trying to create the harmonious coexistence of man and nature. With the high pressure of modern society, we are gradually losing touch with many instincts and becoming less compatible with nature. Hence I aim at emancipating man from such demise to re-embrace with every other natural beings.
In term of techniques, it is crucial to paint spontaneously and flexibly to achieve an effect that appears at once “dense and light, quick and slow, hard and soft, cold and warm”.
When I look at an empty canvas, I begin to feel excited and return to peace again. To me, learning to cope with the rise and fall in life is the highest form of existence. Every painting is a part of my life and achievements……I hope others can find their natural essence via my works as well. It is in itself a way of cultivation.”