Bess Xueyang Hu

Bess Xueyang Hu is a multidisciplinary visual artist with a focus on painting. Her works reference the intersection between sensation and emotional touch, seclusion and corporeal desire, as well as the unconscious and irrational dimensions of human existence. Most works are figurative paintings that lie between narrative and non-narrative, intentionally evading symbolic transformation and the representation of real space. Her practice also entails applying various materials to realise textural possibilities to enliven and strengthen the painterly surfaces, experimenting with different painting techniques and processes. She delves into the poetics of imagery formed by organising ideas, colour, composition and texture, trying to find a balance and fusion of expression, experimentation and resolution. 

Bess Xueyang Hu

Because we don’t have tomorrow, 2021

Oil, oil stick and pumice powder on canvas

88 cm x 74 cm 

© Bess Xueyang Hu

Bess Xueyang Hu

I Only Remember My Mum, 2021

Oil, oil stick and pumice powder on canvas

87.5 cm x 76 cm

© Bess Xueyang Hu

Bess Xueyang Hu

Almsgiving, 2021 

Oil, oil stick and pumice powder on canvas

88.5 cm x 109 cm

© Bess Xueyang Hu 

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Artist Profile

Bess Xueyang Hu

Born 1998 in Hunan, China

Lives and works in Melbourne, Australia

Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, 2020

Solo Exhibitions

SOLITARY TIMES, ACAE Gallery, Melbourne, Australia, 2020

Group Exhibitions

2021 

Copper Traces in Time: Hold, Material Assembly, Melbourne, Australia

Fifty Squared Art Prize Exhibition, Brunswick Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

GROUP SHOW, Shrine Gallery, online exhibition 

Awards

2021 

Finalist for the Southern Buoy Studios Portrait Prize, Melbourne, Australia

Finalist for Fortyfivedownstairs Emerging Artist Award, Melbourne, Australia

Press

Comfort from Darkness (illustration), E(strange)d, Bowen Street Press, 2018

Works

Bess Xueyang Hu

Almsgiving, 2021 

Oil, oil stick and pumice powder on canvas

88.5 cm x 109 cm

© Bess Xueyang Hu 

Bess Xueyang Hu

I Only Remember My Mum, 2021

Oil, oil stick and pumice powder on canvas

87.5 cm x 76 cm

© Bess Xueyang Hu

Bess Xueyang Hu

Because we don’t have tomorrow, 2021

Oil, oil stick and pumice powder on canvas

88 cm x 74 cm 

© Bess Xueyang Hu

Unless otherwise stated, artworks © The Artist. © 2021 London Paint Club

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