Huang Xu is a contemporary artist who brings us back to the classic beauty of the flower. After photographing plastic rubbish with meticulous studio lighting and depth of detail, he came back to a subject with a tradition in Chinese art going back at least a thousand years.
Softly lit and sensuous, the flowers emerge from deep darkness. They have a cool restraint, and refresh again the genre by bringing our attention back to the fascinating strangeness of flowers. The flower becomes a precious object again as it was when 17th century Dutch painters made pictures of bouquets.