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Seven Treasure Pines

Seven Treasure Pines
signed and dated ‘HUANG Yuxing 16-19’ (on the reverse of each panel)
acrylic on canvas (seven panels)
overall: 200 x 696.5 cm. (78 3⁄4 x 274 1⁄4 in.) (7)
each: 200 x 99.5 cm. (78 3⁄4 x 39 1⁄8 in.)
Painted in 2016-2019
Private Collection, Asia (acquired directly from the artist's studio)
Acquired from the above by the present owner

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Lot Essay

"Neon represents the colour of our generation. Its vibrancy is something that no other colour spectra could ever rival: it carries with it a unique sense of import, like an outburst of living energy after a long period of repression." Huang Yuxing
The monumental Seven Treasure Pines, executed by Huang Yuxing in 2016-2019, presents viewers with a radiant cosmos with a fantastical tableau resplendent in luminous jewel stone. As Huang’s only seven panel paintings ever appeared in the market, each comprises a magnificent landscape filled with psychedelic neon colours and undulating lights sparkle with ghostly allure. The imageries of landscapes in Seven Treasure Pines are reminiscent of the majesty of natural landscape. Inspired by Tebet-Buddhist culture, Huang uses the seven treasures of Buddhism as a theme to explore the immensity of the universe, each symbolising an auspicious jewel stone to be treasured and behold. Agitated yet calm, Huang Yuxing’s large-scale work Seven Treasures Pines encompasses many of his iconic visual treatments. These include the musculoskeletal islands and rivers that flow horizontally across the pictorial planes.

The present lot captures and embodies Huang’s deep fascination for Tibetan Buddhism. From left to right, each panel represents one of the even Treasures of Buddhism ( ????) - coral, agate, pearl, gold, silver, tridacna stone, and azurite. In Buddhist culture, these jewels are regarded as the most precious objects in the mortal world. Upon his graduation from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2000, the artist decided to embark on an adventure to Lhasa, which contains many culutrally significant Buddhist sites. To fully immerse himself into the Tibetan lifestyle, he would opt to stay at monasteries, clothed in traditional Kasaya and even studied the Tibetan language among local monks. Thoroughly inspired by all that surrounds him, the Buddhist treasure elements were integrated into this monumental work. Merging with the landscape, the representation of the nearly oblate form of agate in the second panel juxtaposed an arrangement of pearls at the right part of the third panel. In the ancient Chinese context, agate is associated with its diverse nature. This seems coinsides with the natures of Huang’s painting – dazzling and filled with shimmering variation. In the fourth panel, the dense and tall trees, with the luminous fluorescent colours symbolized health and long life, which is in association with the jewelry gold. Such sophisticated composition infuses the picture with a strong sense of energy that allows the viewer to experience the perpetual vitality of the universe. With his layered nuances and optically dazzling brushwork, the artist creates majestic spaces that represent auspiciousness.

Huang Yuxing’s sensitive use of colours and rendering fills the picture with dynamism and richly-detailed layers. Light and shadow, three dimensionality, gestures and actions, warmth and other sensations of synesthesia are achieved through his semiabstract expressions, and these strangely familiar forms deeply resonate with the viewers. Such broad associations enable the viewer to feel lifeforces and experiences that are beyond visual stimulations.

From the early period of his creative work, with his appropriation of realistic images, to his gradual development of a more radiant and emotional abstraction, Huang Yuxing’s creative outlook has always been rooted in his thinking about the relationship between people and their world. Huang hopes, in the raging torrents of our world’s often bizarre and absurd history, to capture just a few moments of its flow, to show the difficult-to-grasp state of human affairs. With the masterful use of a kaleidoscopic palette and the meticulous conception of mixed-media elements that confounds the mind, Huang Yuxing was able to crystallise his monumental contemplations of the universe, time, the self, and the future in the work Seven Treasure Pines.

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