Tu Hongtao, Red Stone I, 2015, oil on canvas.
With nearly 20 works, this exhibition thoroughly explores the artist's output over the last three years, a period when he became increasingly free in his exploration of painting, moving past the hyper-realistic style of his earliest works. His goal is to achieve a reinterpretation of the way that time and space are depicted in art and a reconfiguration of spatial relationships to evoke the passage of time. This is an intricate challenge not easily resolved by simple solutions or superficial interpretations. Instead, Tu Hongtao has made paintings that are the result of lifetime of research leading to a sophisticated, nuanced appreciation of abstraction and representation.
(Photo courtesy of Long Museum West Bund.)