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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Xiao Guo Hui

Xiao Guo Hui

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''Play is a vital part of who we are as human beings. It is found in all cultures and it expresses the essennce of who we are. Play is the difference between living and simply existing.''

''Xiao Guo Hui’s paintings capture the physical and emotional energy of play. Inspired by the balanced compositions of Piero della Francesca (1415-1492) and the sculptural figures of Andrea Mantegna (1431-1506), Xiao uses the traditional medium of the Florentine renaissance, egg tempera and oil paint to create straightforward, inspired work.''

''I began painting with oil until I made a pilgrimage to Italy in 2004. I spent day after day visiting chaple after chaple, marvelling at the great master’s great paintings from Giotto to Piero Della Francesca. I was in awe of these masterpieces. I don’t see anything old or out of fashion in their work. On the contrary, I noticed that their precise composition, fantastic ability of managing colour and their solid construction make these paintings universal and timeless. This trip was a pivotal moment where past experiences came together to solidify my calling for painting.
I heard a very seducing voice urging me to follow their guidance toward the realm which I want to attain. After this trip, I started to use egg tempera working on canvas to transform my inspiration. Egg tempera is an ancient technique which brings more transparency to the colour. Thus, it gives the painting an unique temperament. I have become so enamoured with this technique. I love the way egg tempera feels and that it requires to nish a painting stroke by stroke. I believe that a good painting should be done with great patient and passion. Just like an enthusiastic believer praying to the god. I practice with egg tempera yet I never forget the infl uence of Oriental Art, especially the ancient Chinese art which is ingrained in my blood. The way the ancient Chinese artist manages the “blank” space to create implied meaning and sense of equibrium in composition have deeply infl uenced my painting. Aesthetically, I love to stand far away from reality in order to recreate a reality that takes reality by surprise. I am fascinated by play for I believe that only in play is our true nature revealed.
Year after Year, I have been exploring this universal theme, which, like art, cuts across the boundaries of culture and language.''

Xiao Guo Hui

Born in GuangZhou, CHINA, 1969.
Currently lives and works in Toronto.

1993 Bachelor of Fine Art, GuangZhou Academy of Fine Art, GuangZhou, CHINA

Selected Group Exhibitions
2009 Group Show, Gibsone Jessop Gallery, Toronto
2007 Group Show, Gibsone Jessop Gallery, Toronto
2005 Group Show, Gibsone Jessop Gallery, Toronto

Art Fairs
2009 Scope Miami, Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto

Awards & Grants
2004 Ontario Arts Council, Visual Arts Grant

Copelouzos Art Museum, Athens, Greece

James McGrath

James McGrath

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''The allure of James McGrath’s work lies in its visual seduction, and its stunning marriage of Baroque illusion with cutting-edge digital technology. James McGrath’s latest exhibition, “Suspending Illusion” takes his 17th century inspired compositions to a new level, giving greater scope to McGrath’s original vision.

James folds his own paintings in with historical artwork to construct abstract compositions that are printed on photographic paper face mounted to Plexiglas. The results are stunning landscapes and figurative works which are presented in compositions that simulate the billowing drapes of the Baroque era (circa 1600-1715) using Baroque theories of perspective.

In James’ words “These panels are not photography, traditional painting, or pure digital art – and yet are linked to all three media. The works fold 18th century genres and narratives together to create a compelling contemporary image.”


Blake Exhibition Finalist, Sydney, Australia
Australian Arts Council new media Commission, Sydney, Australia
National Digital Art Award Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
NSW Ministry of Arts Project grant
Australian Post Graduate Award, Sydney, Australia
Directors Award, Sculpture By the Sea, Sydney, Australia
Moya Goring Paris Studio residency, Cite des Arts, Paris, France
Bioloa International Design Award, Sydney, Australia


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