Oil on Canvas
Ming You Xu (Edward) is a professional artist with over 40 years of experience. He specializes in many mediums (such as pastel, acrylic, water-color, engraving), especially oil painting. His main skill lies in doing portraits from real-life or photo. He has also done murals. His paintings are currently being sold at the Westmount Gallery in Toronto. |
He is now also a member of the Society of Canadian Artists.
To see more of his paintings go to: www.mingyouxu.webs.com
Note: This account is mostly monitored by his daughter, Annie.
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Did you take courses or study under a master?
No, I am mostly self-taught. It's practise, practise and practise. I strive for errors and imperfections in my works and strive to improve them. I did study art (lithography, illustration...etc and various other media) in University in China though.
How long does it take for you to complete a painting?
Hmm, it all depends on the size and medium of the painting I am working on. The smaller the size, the more time consuming it is to paint the details and the larger the size, the more time it takes to cover the canvas. Oils can be time consuming since it often requires to be left alone to dry before I can work on the same area again. Acryllic is normally faster in drying. I would say pastels are easier in terms of efficiency. On average I would say 3-4 months when I'm working on an oil painting.
Which medium do you prefer the most?
Oil. Definitely oil. Although pastels are fine too, usually I use pastel for clients who want portraits done. Or when I am drawing an actual model instead of from photo.
What else can you do besides paintings?
I have also done murals for clients, and sculptures as well. I have also experimented in creating portraits onto marble tiles and also tried painting on them.
Where do you sell your paintings?
Well, usually clients find me and commission me to do portraits and paintings. All my original paintings are sold at the Westmount Gallery in Toronto. If you are interested in doing business with me, simply contact me through e-mail or my website.
How much do you charge?
Its depends on many things: size, medium, number of figures in a painting, the clarity/quality of the photo I am drawing from.
How many paintings will there be in your "Mongolian Series"?
Painting and capturing the daily life of the Mongolian culture has been the main subject or inspiration of my works so I would say it is an ongoing series.
Are all your "Mongolian Series" painted from photo?
Yes, they are. I go to Mongolia every few years to take photos and use them as reference in my paintings.