At the beginning of 2018 I moved to China to live in a city of 18 million people.
Chongqing is the location of the renowned Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, where I began work as Course Leader of IPMAD-
International Pre-Master’s in Art and Design
The journey was fascinating in many ways and tough in others.
Giant studio… reactions to the horrific reality of Chinese Politics.
Lots of inspirational and spiritually significant travel-
Chinese New Year 2018 was spent navigating the Tibetan border and experiencing the largest, most southern Chinese Glacier, Hai Lou Gou, Moxi, Sichuan.
& subsequent regular explorations of sacred peaks, decorated with deeply peaceful, ornate Temples exuding incense and prayer chants. Sleeping up high, in blissfully basic Monasteries, blown by wind, kissed by snow.
Fundamental exchanges with mountain people; Instant empathy for each others connection to the leveling landscape. Necessary medicine to lower-ground, metropolis life and the mostly disconnected cyber humans, who exist there…
City life was adorned with sadness due to the increasing speed of expansion. Rising destruction surging upwards, fast and thick.
Injured atmosphere: Paintings of bleeding clouds:
The reality of universal devastation due to Chinese carbon emissions, especially within the Polar regions.
Scottish Artist, Arctic researcher, Lecturer in China. Responsibility to communicate.
Images of Huxi studio production are available to see under various titles on the homepage of this website- here are the links:
In late summer/ early Autumn, preparations began for an expedition with
The Arctic Circle
for a residency with 28 other Artists and Scientists,
on board a Barquentine Tall Ship, sailing around the Svalbard Archipelago
for 15 days and nights, during a period of Twilight. Here are the links which document my studio/ painting/ spiritual preparations:
Then I flew 4000 miles North West to the Arctic Landscape:
Painting in the Landscape: research expedition images:
Then I returned to China and began processing the otherworldly transition with paint in my studio:
Whilst assimilating the disparate landscapes I applied for a British Council Culture Grant to support the production of a solo exhibition which would open in China and then travel to the UK.
The finished works were first shown in China in early 2019:
ARCTIC CRACKING OPENED ON THE 12TH OF JANUARY.
ARCTIC CRACKING THEN TRAVELLED TO THE UK IN A CRATE AND
WILL OPEN IN SCOTLAND LATER IN 2019