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Chang Xiaojun has a special liking for painting horses. When he was a child, he was surprised seeing the horse painted by uncle Liu for the first time. Since then, the tall image of the horse has been deeply rooted in the mind of Chang Xiaojun. When he grew up, a trip to Gannan deepened his desire to paint horses.

 

The horses painted by Chang Xiaojun have a sense of religious ritual and are more like the standing images seen in unearthed cultural relics. On horseback is always a child who refuses to grow up.

 

The recent creations showcase Chang Xiaojun’s attempt to get rid of the narrative, turning to the incompleteness. There is no deliberately design or composition. Instead, he simply painted randomly on the canvases over and over again, trying to break the constraints and controls of the tangible and the intangible. These encounters of self and life highlights the natural, unintentional and flowing attitude of the artist.  

 

Chang Xiaojun was born in China in 1975. He graduated from the Tianjin Academy of Art with a M.F.A. in oil painting in 2006. Currently, he lives and works in Beijing, China.