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Xue Mo:Selected Works 2009 to 2014 @ Leonard Joel

BY Catherine Asquith Art Advisory | 11-Dec-2014
In association with Leonard Joel, Catherine Asquith Art Advisory is pleased to present a selection of key works by celebrated international artist, Xue Mo.
Venue: Leonard Joel
Address: 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra Vic 3141
Date: 18th to 27th February 2015
Web: http://www.catherineasquith.com
EMail: catherineasquith9@gmail.com
Call: +61390158064
"Portrait of Elegance", 2014
oil on linen
75.5 x 58cm
This will be a unique opportunity for collectors and art enthusiasts to see a curated selection of artworks over a 5 year period. Well documented in the Australian press, Xue’s 2009 exhibition was highly praised by The Age’s critic, Robert Nelson. 

As he noted: "Serene and deliberate, the sitters in the portraits of Xue Mo have monumental presence that is also strange and unnerving. The works are technically brilliant and imitate the Renaissance portrait, with mysterious desert landscapes echoing the ambiguities of the smile." 
(Robert Nelson, “The Age”, 18 November 2009) 

Xue's approach to the genre of portraiture is unique: situating Asian subjects in a highly stylised manner that is reminiscent, both technically and compositionally, of the portraits of early Renaissance artists of the quattrocento period such as Piero della Francesca, Fra Angelico and Andrea Mantegna. To Xue, these great ‘masters’ epitomize painting in its purest form. 

 Xue draws her subjects from her homeland of Mongolia and is singularly focused on the female subject, impressed by the ‘noble simplicity, natural beauty, and serene dispositions’ of the young fieldworkers. Xue’s paintings evoke a timeless elegance, a return to ‘pure’ painting, and by turn, a contemporary interpretation of formalism. 

Whilst lending themselves to a meditative contemplation that transcends age and culture, these paintings remain of universal appeal. A practising artist since 1998, Xue Mo has had exhibitions in Hong Kong, Singapore, Vancouver, Cape Cod, Baltimore, Los Angeles and New York. Recently she was presented at Art London (2012). Xue has been represented by Catherine Asquith exclusively in Australia, since 2000.