Alice Xu is an emerging artist working in the drawing and painting medium. She often focuses on themes of life and figurative works. Xu likes to treat her paintings and drawings almost like a photo diary, keeping scenes of the everyday and documenting the mundane, instances of people captured like a moment in time and scenes she finds interesting. Alice hopes to bring attention to these simple, unfluctuating life moments through her artworks, with a big focus on the social life and the interaction where everyone is concentrated and immersed in their current affairs.
She often finds inspiration in other cultural traditions like the Inuits, Chinese and Japanese culture, embracing the simplicity of minimalist life, and public figures such as Marie Kondo finding pleasure in cleaning her home or doing chores. The everyday and the ordinariness of it is present in all lives, yet is overlooked because of its normality. Xu also resonate with artists such as Liu Xiao Dong and Chen Dan Qing, who have semi-realist styles and create narratives out of found locations and the ordinary; Seeing people as they are. For them and herself, painting is better used as a documentation device to display the personal story of the subjects and environment.
Alice Xu graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art from the National Art School in 2021, and a Diploma of Visual Art from St George TAFE of Fine Arts in 2019. She hopes to extend to postgraduate studies in the future. Alice is currently undertaking an Artist in Residence at St Andrews College.
Alice has been in notable shows such as Captivate: NAS 100th (National Art School) KAAF Art Prize (KCC Exhibition) Mosman Youth Art Prize (Mosman Art Gallery) (Audi Mosman Centre), Noel Chettle Memorial Art Prize (Newcastle TAFE) and Young Archies at the Art Gallery of NSW.
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