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Founded in 1979, October Gallery, in central London, exhibits innovative, contemporary art from around the world. For over 40 years, October Gallery has pioneered the development of the Transvangarde - the trans-cultural avant-garde.


Huang Xu

Huang Xu was born in Beijing in 1968.  He established the Substratum Art Studio in 1989, the Migrant Bird Art Studio in 1991 and the Big Basin Studio in 2003.  He has exhibited in China, Australia and the United Kingdom and works as a professional photographer in Beijing.

In his London exhibition, 2009, Huang Xu presented a series of ethereal oversize C-prints exploring the fragile nature of the contemporary global economy.  The tattered remains of plastic bags from rubbish heaps in China were collected and digitally remodelled in 3D scanners normally used by archaeologists to produce images of haunting luminosity. Evoking the aesthetic of the sublime, Huang Xu’s vast prints capture freeze-frame shots of decay in a maelstrom of economic change.

Huang Xu elevates this detritus to inspirational heights. Far from resembling waste, his densely textured, luminous prints suggest the fine silk textiles of Imperial China, evoking an age of decadence and wealth, recalling the historic trade links between China and the West.   These histories ironically foreshadow the current balance of economic power, and give a wry commentary on the trade in materials; whilst China once shipped silk to the West, the West now ships used plastic bags back to China.


Huang Xu
Transvangarde Illuminations

Flower No. 2

Flower No. 9 (Rose)

Flower Dahlia

Fragment No. 1

Huang Xu, Fragment No.2
Fragment No. 2

Huang Xu, Fragment No.3
Fragment No. 3
Huang Xu, Fragment No.4
Fragment No. 4
Huang Xu, Fragment No.5
Fragment No. 5

Huang Xu, Fragment No.6
Fragment No. 6

Huang Xu, Fragment No.7
Fragment No. 7
Huang Xu, Fragment No.9
Fragment No. 9
Huang Xu, Fragment No.10
Fragment No. 10

Huang Xu, Fragment No.12
Fragment No. 12

Huang Xu, Fragment No.20
Fragment No. 20
Huang Xu, Fragment No.21
Fragment No. 21
Huang Xu, Fragment No.23
Fragment No. 23

Huang Xu, Fragment No.25
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Fragment No. 27
Huang Xu, Fragment No.30
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Huang Xu, Fragment No.31
Fragment No. 31


Huang Xu

Beijing, China, 1968.

1991  Graduated at Beijing Academy of Fine Arts

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2014   Huang Xu Seva Frangos Gallery, Perth, Australia
Huang Xu China Art Projects, Hong Kong
2012  Mr & Mrs Huang in the Humble Administrators Garden,
Studio Rouge, Shanghai & HongKong, China
From Purity to Obscurity, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
Flowers, Arc One Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2011  Pensées éphémères, YU Gallery, Paris, France
Memento Mori, South Art Space, Beijing, China
2010  Flot/Jetsam, Front Line Contemporary, Shanghai, China
Pensées éphémères, YU Gallery, Paris, France
2009   Fragments, Galeria Tagomago, Barcelona, Spain
Two Voices, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
Fragments, October Gallery, London, UK
2008   Fragments, Arc One Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Huang Xu’s Photograph, Mulpa Space, Beijing, China
2007   Huang Xu’s Photograph, La Case Art Spaces, Beijing, China
Selected Group Exhibitions
2013    The World of Extraordinary Objects, October Gallery, London, UK
2012   Carnival-Hei Qiao Artist Community, Mizuma & One Gallery, Beijing, China
Consumed/Deflated, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
Beijing Hao!, UQ Art Museum, Queensland, Australia
Sifting Time, Museum China Australian History, Melbourne, Australia
2011   Huang Xu Tong & Yang Hong Li, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain
Transvangarde Illuminations, October Gallery, London, UK
Ruby, Roxy and The Flaming Lamborghini, Studio Rouge, Shanghai, China
Chinese Contemporary Art, White Rabbit Museum,Sydney, Australia
Found/Lost, Osage Gallery Beijing,Beijing, China
Untitled, 10+ gallery, Hong Kong
China Nexus, Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney, Australia
2010   Kitsch & Kinky, Frontline Gallery, Shanghai, China
Constructed Landscapes: Australia -
China connections, Me Photo Art Gallery,Beijing, China
How Nature Speaks, Arc One Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Weapons of Mass Consumption, Town Hall Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2009   Beautiful World: New Art From China, Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney, Australia
Catching Light, Quac Space, Beijing, China
Transvangarde 2009, October Gallery, London, UK
2008   Luminous Dark, Bleibtreau Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Luminous Dark, King Street Gallery on William, Sydney, Australia
Dancing with the Dragon: Contemporary Art From Beijing, Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, North Carolina, USA
“Meaning-Less” Photo Exhibition, VIS-A-VIS Art Lab, Xiamen, China
“P.O.P.” Exhibition from Beijing & New York Artists, Pickled art center, Beijing, China
Act First and Report Afterwards,3 space, Beijing, China
In Lens, Out of Lens, Duke Art Space, Beijing, China
C.A.P. Launch, Two Lines Gallery, Beijing, China
2007   07 Independent Screenage Document, Open Contemporary Art Centre, Beijing, China
07 Independent Screenage Document, Song Zhuang Art Space, Beijing, China
Warm up, Hot Sun Space, Beijing, China
Associated Exhibition In September, Pickled Art Centre, Beijing, China
The Ways, Ke Contemporary Art Centre, Shanghai, China
2006   Paper View, Two Lines Gallery, Beijing, China
Allocate, Beijing International Art Campus (BIAC), China
2005   Demolish, Demolish, Demolish,BIAC, Beijing, China
The First and Second Open Exhibitions,BIAC, Beijing, China
2003   Going to Market, Shangri-la Community Art Center, Beijing, China
2002   The Republic, South Art Space, Beijing, China
2001   Free Man, Blue Gallery, Beijing, China
Art Fairs
2013    Art Dubai, rep by October Gallery, London
Art 13 London,
rep by October Gallery, London
2011   Abu Dhabi Art, rep by October Gallery, London
2010   Art Beijing, rep by China Art Projects & One Moon Gallery, Beijing
MADRID FOTO, rep by Galeria Tagomago, Barcelona
Art Dubai, rep by October Gallery, London
London Art Fair, rep by TAG Fine Arts, London
2009   Asia Top Gallery Hotel Art Fair, rep by China Art Projects, Beijing
    Art Dubai, rep by October Gallery, London
2008   Art Beijing, rep by Black 100, Beijing
Public Collections

Birmingham Art Museum, Birmingham, UK
The White Rabbit Collection, Sydney, Australia
University of Western Sydney, Sydney, Australia
The Joan B. Hornig Foundation, NY, USA
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, North Carolina, USA
ANZ (Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd.), Melbourne, Australia
CAP Collection, Australia, England & China
Jackson Lalic Lawyers, Sydney, Australia
Park Hyatt, Hotel, Sanya
Andaz Hotel, Shanghai

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