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Icy River

Yangzi Xu
Ugallery 5345193300 UGallery

Oil painting on Stretched canvas New

Finished black edges

Ready to hang


Signed on front


14" h x 11" w x 1.5" d |1 lbs. 10 oz.

In stock $475



"I used to work in a building right at the crossing of the Chicago River and La Salle Street," says artist Yangzi Xu. This is a scene that never failed to wow me in the cold, dim winter afternoons after I finished a day's work. The river has a beautiful dark teal color, with various sizes and shapes of ice floating on it. With the forest of buildings as the background, the lights on the bridge shine brilliantly and cast delicate reflections on the river."

Yangzi Xu

Naperville, Illinois

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 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.

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