Chicago in BloomYangzi Xu
Oil painting on Stretched canvas
Finished black edges
Ready to hang
Signed on front
12 " h x 12 " w x 1.5 " d |1 lbs. 10 oz.
"Although spring in Chicago is short, it is breathtakingly beautiful, with colorful tulips blooming everywhere," says Yangzi. "This painting captures a unique angle where the signature skyline of Michigan Avenue and the flowers are presented in the same frame. The rough buildings and delicate flowers contrast and complement each other. I used bright yellows and reds to show the vitality and energy of the tulips."
Artist Yangzi Xu captures a nostalgia for Chicago and its dramatic seasonal changes in her expressionist cityscapes. Having a full-time job and being a wife and mother, Yangzi makes it a habit of painting everyday to keep her passion exciting and fresh. She keeps a queue of ideas and reference photos that she takes throughout the year. She looks through her references, tweaks and adds elements to them. Once inspiration strikes, Yangzi draws several sketches and begins to work with oils on canvas on multiple pieces at once - to keep each painting spontaneous and new. "I try to capture the paradox of life in the city, where one can be in a crowd and yet feel alone," Yangzi says. "My main intent is not to capture the physical reality of a scene, but to express my own moods and feelings to my audience." In her free time, Yangzi enjoys reading, with her current favorite genres being biographies and memoirs. Yangzi is an alumnus of Depaul University in Chicago.