Female Identity 27092020

Xu Yang

27.6 x 23.3 cm Oil on linen


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Artwork description

In her works "Female identity", the artist draws parallels between the Rococo works of the French Baroque and the issues that are addressed today about sexuality and female identity. Starting from the collective imagination of the history of painting: fetishisms and fantasies, Xu Yang explores different perspectives on gender. Her reinterpretation through ornate frames counteracts the simplicity of the gesture of her strokes that draw a smoky shadow on the portrait. Like a veil that covers what is not guessed or does not want to be elucidated, the brush strokes only provide a vague illusion of what may or may not be revealed in parallelism with society's the taboos on sexuality and the female body throughout history

Xu Yang

Of Chinese origin, the artist Xu Yang lives and works in the United Kingdom. She holds a First Class Honors BA in Painting from Wimbledon College of Arts and is currently attending an MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art (2018-2020). Her passion for the arts has led her to become interested in other disciplines such as photography and mixed media. Through them Yang explores one of her main subjects of matter, which is female identity. 

Exhibition history:

Solo Exhibitions

2020 100 Carats Diamond, ArtWorks Project Space, Barbican Arts Group Trust, London.

2019     Present but In and Out of Focus, Central Saint Martins, London (Performance).

2017     An Empty Room, Deyin Hardware Head Office, ZiBo, ShanDong, China.

2017     She is Me as Myself, Yishu Gallery, ChangZhou, China. 

2016     Contemporary Painting,City Milu Space, ChangZhou, China.


Selected Group Exhibitioins

2019     Little Originals, Dock Street Studios, Dundee, Scotland.

2019     ArtWork Open 2019, ArtWorks Project Space, London.

2019     Beautiful China, Beautiful World, Golden Era of China-UK, The Palace of Westminster, London. 

2019     Air Open 2019, Air Gallery, Manchester. 

2019 Where We Once Were Someone, A Yngspc Online Exhibition, Online, Instagram. 

2019 The Signature Art Prize, Bankside Hotel, London, United Kingdom. 

2019 Celebration, Roost Studios and Art Gallery, NYC, United States.

2018     Clyde & Co Art Award, St Botolph Building, London, United Kingdom. 

2018     Beijing Summer Show, NL Gallery, Beijing, China. 

2018     Redefining Artistic Canon: Sharing&Coexistence, China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing, China.

2018     RA Summer Exhibition Shortlist, Royal Academy, London, United Kingdom. 

2018     Neulinge, The Crypt Gallery, London, United Kingdom. 

2018     HuangYan, Chelsea Triangle Space, Chelsea College of arts, London, United Kingdom.

2018     The Flow of Nature, WWF Rag Group Exhibition, London, United Kingdom. 

2018     Wimbledon College of Arts Open Studio, Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom.

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