The order and apparent simplicity of Hu Qinwu’s work belies a sophisticated understanding and employment of Kong, the resonance of empty space. Hu Qinwu encourages interior reflection, both through the meticulous process of building up the surface of his paintings, and in the viewer’s experience of his immersive canvases. His controlled and deliberate practice reduces painting to its essential elements and reflects upon enduring values whilst highlighting Buddhist beliefs in continuity and connectedness in a time of great transformation.
Hu Qinwu currently lives and works in Beijing as a painter, photographer and printmaker. His work is represented in countless collections across the globe from the likes of the Crown Casino, Macau to Onemoon Collection in the USA. Additional private collections can be found from China and Hong Kong, to Australia, the USA and England.
In 1990 Hu Qinwu graduated from the Oil Painting Department at Taian Normal Academy, Shandong. In 2003 he received an excellence award from the Second Small Painting Exhibition then the Best Innovative Idea prize in 2007. In 2008 Hu Qinwu received a Masters Degree (Painting) from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing. That same year, he received first prize in Marie’s Art Scholarship.
Hu Qinwu’s solo exhibitions include Phantasms (2008) and Illumination (2009) when represented by China Art Projects in Beijing, Hu Qinwu – New Abstraction from China at Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney (2010) and Abstraction: Meditation at Niagara Galleries, Melbourne (2011).