NEW YORKNEW YORK (Reuters) – Cynics who view pricy summary artwork and scoff “a child most likely painted that” are lastly proper.
At simply 12 years previous, Xeo Chu is setting gross sales data along with his vibrant, summary work, that are promoting for greater than $150,000 and are being in comparison with works by famend American artist Jackson Pollock.
Now the seventh grade scholar from Vietnam is internet hosting his first solo exhibition, on the George Berges Gallery in Manhattan’s upscale SoHo neighbourhood. The exhibition titled “Massive World, Little Eyes,” which opened on Thursday and runs by Jan. 2, comes years after the artist who began portray at age four made his first sale.
“One buyer got here and purchased my portray and I used to be actually completely happy. That was after I was like 6. Yep,” Chu stated.
Chu first picked up a paintbrush after begging his mom, who owns an artwork gallery in Vietnam, to permit him to color along with his older brothers.
For the New York exhibition, Chu created an unnamed 15-foot (four.5 metre) lengthy, four-panel piece.
“My mother instructed me I used to be going to have an exhibition in New York. So, I used to be like, ‘Oh, let’s make an enormous portray for this.’ That took like three months,” Chu stated.
When requested what he likes about portray, Chu stated: “The creativity. I can do a whole lot of issues with a portray. I can select, like what I might draw or what element can I put in or what color. Stuff like that.”
Chu’s work has been in comparison with Pollock, a significant determine within the summary expressionist motion of the 1940s and 50s. One distinction, nevertheless, is that Pollock produced his most well-known items on the pinnacle of his profession, a long time after his 12th birthday, stated gallery proprietor George Berges.
Chu “is producing comparable work firstly of his profession. So, it is very attention-grabbing to see the place that is going to go,” Berges stated.
(Corrects typo in second paragraph.)
(Writing by Barbara Goldberg; Enhancing by Nick Macfie)