b. 1956, China

Mao Xuhui Biography

By the late 1980s Mao Xuhui found his most significant imagery, depicting the power relations in social structure in what he called his Parent series. The seated 'parent' gradually cedes his corporeal presence to the increasingly overwhelming presence of the seat, to the degree that the artist eventually depicted a pair of scissors as a figure sitting on a throne: a surrealistic representation of paternal power. As his iconography developed, the image of the scissors was released from its throne to become a surreal presence making rude intrusions into domestic interiors and urban landscapes. By 1997 the scissors had become a completely distilled figure, purified of its background, almost resembling a tantric dorje: it emerged as one of the most convincing iconic images to have evolved from the pictorial work of this era. In this singular iconic form is concentrated the innuendos of power, worship and exorcism.

Mao Xuhui Featured Artworks

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White Figure in a High-backed Chair by Mao Xuhui contemporary artwork painting
Mao Xuhui White Figure in a High-backed Chair, 1989 Oil on canvas
101 x 81 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery
Two Portraits No.2 by Mao Xuhui contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Mao Xuhui Two Portraits No.2, 1988 Oil on paper
53 x 77 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery
Two Parents by Mao Xuhui contemporary artwork painting
Mao Xuhui Two Parents, 1993 Oil on canvas
74 x 98 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery
The Red Seat for Parent by Mao Xuhui contemporary artwork painting
Mao Xuhui The Red Seat for Parent, 1993 Oil on canvas
103 x 77 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery
Sketch in Guishan - Red Earth Road by Mao Xuhui contemporary artwork painting
Mao Xuhui Sketch in Guishan - Red Earth Road, 2006 Oil on canvas
60 x 81 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery
Self-portrait in a Red-brick House by Mao Xuhui contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Mao Xuhui Self-portrait in a Red-brick House, 1985 Oil on board
44 x 50 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery
Scissors Jungle - Rays of Light by Mao Xuhui contemporary artwork painting
Mao Xuhui Scissors Jungle - Rays of Light, 2018 Oil and acrylic on canvas
300 x 220 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery

Mao Xuhui Recent Exhibitions

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