2018 UOB Painting of the Year

Encapsulated Time

2018 Most Promising Artist of the Year
Emerging Artist Category


Artist: Hu Jingxuan
Title: Encapsulated Time
Medium: Mixed media on canvas (Acrylic and graphite)
Size (cm): 80 x 130

Encapsulated Time features a constructed interior made up of fragments of architectural and historical elements inspired by the artist’s own nomadic experience.

In modern society, people are constantly moving and travelling, resulting in hybrid identities, blurred cultural borders and confusing social contexts. How does one negotiate the perplexing realities of contemporary life and identity in an ever-changing landscape?

Using art as a visual journal, the artist examines these ideas of modern life and migration in Encapsulated Time, capturing lost memories in a manufactured setting by re-imagining the gaps rather than recording them as they were supposed to be.

Artist’s Bio

Hu Jingxuan

Hu Jingxuan

Ms Hu graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA in 2012, and obtained her Master of Arts degree from Central Saint Martins in London, UK in 2014. She uses her art to examine ideas around flux, history, heritage and urban life, with aesthetic codes as markers of identity and aspirations.