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Xhxix is a Tokyo-based artist whose digital paintings depict mostly gaunt young men in surreal states of mental anguish or physical injury. His subjects are inspired by niche models, such as Jacob Morton, whose pictures he gathers off the internet.
Few but some of his paintings feature mythical elements, such as Island, featuring a young man surrounded by fish that appear swim on thin air. A play on the popular phrase, it could be interpreted as a projection of ego, or the sad disillusionment of youth. He prefers to leave his work open to interpretation.
Xhxix is inspired by his contemporaries in hyper-realistic art, such as Yanni Floros and Audrey Kawasaki, as well as a vast range of fashion and amateur photography.
"Seriously, how often do you see an artist who is so easily able to express such gut-wrenching emotion? One of the things I look for as a gallery owner is what I call "a signature style" and Xhxix has it in spades. The singular choice of model type, the brilliant draftsmanship combined with a palette that defies description (well, at least it for does for me, because to use adjectives like "rainbow" and "unexpected" fall far short of trying to explain why and how he uses the palette he does). Look, I try to find artists who can actually create brilliant works with brushes and paints... yeah, "the old fashioned way." But Xhxix is one of the few artists that actually gives me hope that "new technology" can be used in "fine art" way to create gorgeous, emotional works. I know this sounds like a "fan letter" and in a sense it is. This is the way I feel when I see an artist's works that I want to present in the gallery. Skill, emotion and a "contemporary voice" all combined to create something in a way that no one has ever done before.. Xhxix's level of intimacy combined with bold color choices and surrealistic elements in his works, make for an artist who severely disappoints me... only because I can't buy one of his paintings!"