April Xu

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I use soft and bristle oil brushes or palette knives on canvases and wooden boards to express my feelings about the world. Ralph Waldo Emerson said “Beauty will not come at the call of a legislature, nor will it repeat in England or America its history in Greece. It will come, as always, unannounced, and spring up between the feet of brave and earnest men.” What is the meaning of painting? To me, painting is the best way to express my mood. All the subtle feelings coming from real scenes that happen every day motivate me to use my brushes to express my love of the world. I feel very strongly about the personal element of what I paint. A painter should not only paint their feelings but also honestly record social events. For example, the tragedies of the global pandemic and the 2020 Oregon wildfires make me realize that humans should revere Nature, be modest, and respect it. I record these events by painting them to memorize them. Together, painting allows me to feel about my daily life, gain a deeper understanding of the world, and reflect on it in a unique way.
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ag_artist_statement : April Xu uses pencils, soft oil brushes, bristle oil brushes, and palette knives to express her feelings on canvases and wooden boards. All her subtle feelings come from real life. She likes reading poems, listening to music, and observing the world. All of these give her the power of creativity. To her, beauty comes from a sleeping model sitting on a sofa or a lonely man by the sea without knowing what the subject is thinking at that moment. Beauty comes from a quiet teenager in the middle of a raucous crowd at a festival, or a lady leaning in front of a car texting surrounded by autumn trees and leaves. All of these real scenes that happen every day fascinate her to use her brushes to express her love of this world.
ag_biography : April Xu is a visual artist living in Portland, Oregon. She was born into a family which respects art and calligraphy. She started to have an interest in drawing when she was five years old because the family would always show her artworks of the family's close friend, Chang Dai-Chien, one of the best-known and most prodigious Chinese artists of the twentieth century. After growing up, she learned art at the China Academy of Art. April Xu was an illustrator for a magazine for kids in New York. She learned oil paint techniques in the US. She was also a student of Max Ginsburg, Steve Parker, Cui Xiaodong, and Antonio Lopez Garcia. She received several awards for fine art and was selected as the artist of Portland Open Studios in 2021. During her formal education, she studied the work of traditional painters. Inspired by impressionist art, her daily life, and her imagination, she developed a unique style by combining traditional techniques with modern painting materials.
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What is the meaning of painting? To oil painter April Xu, painting is the best way to express her mood. All the subtle feelings coming from real scenes that happen every day motivate her to use brushes to show her love of the world. Meanwhile, she also thinks a painter should not only express their feelings but also honestly record social events. For example, the tragedies of the global pandemic and the 2020 Oregon wildfires made her realize that humans should revere nature, be modest, and respect it. She records these events by painting them to memorize them. Together, painting allows her to feel about her daily life, gain a deeper understanding of the world, and reflect on it in a unique way. Thus, Xu invites us to acknowledge the unexpected just as much as the quotidien, with subtle magnetizing power – a quality Xu borrows from one of her favorite artists, American painter Andrew Wyeth. However, Xu’s great-grandfather, who painted with Chang Dai-Chien – one of the most well-known Chinese artists of the 20th century - for over thirty years, remains her strongest inspiration.

Xu holds a bachelor degree in illustration and has exhibited extensively in Houston, TX, Portland, Eugene, OR, and overseas. She has received many fine art competition awards and was invited as a juror for art competitions such as the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Most notably, her work is featured in the collection of Princeton University’s East Asian Library. Xu teaches drawing and painting in Portland, Oregon, where she resides.


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