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XU Longsen (b.1956, Shanghai, China). Xu’s powerful “shanshui” (ink-and-brush landscape) paintings are composed from an inimitable blending of traditional and contemporary aesthetics. Through his unique handling of the brush, Xu achieves a fundamental transformation in the nature of brushwork, methodology and artistic conception of ink painting. The imposing grandeur of his landscapes is balanced by a dynamic, untrammelled vitality that infuses both the physical and conceptual realms of the work. Xu breaks out of the traditional confines of both studio space and studio practice, and undertakes the challenge of creating monumental works for architectural spaces, opening up unlimited new possibilities for Chinese landscape painting. This year, from February – June 2018, Xu Longsen was invited by The Art Institute of Chicago, in the exhibition ‘Light of Heaven’ curated by Wang Tao, Xu created an installation of a set of pillars painted with layers of ink wash, along with a number of landscape paintings—many paintings are over 10 meters high.