Xu Chongfang’s Watercolour Fantasy
“Look at it closely and you tell me what you see?” Xu Chongfang beamed with fervent excitement, pointing frantically at a painting on a messy desk piled up with what he calls ‘semi-finished’ ones. His eyes were shining like those of a devil-possessed prophet, as if piercing through me and cleaving me into halves.“It is Hell,” he announced at the top of his voice, as if on a steroidal high.That moment, the overused word ‘awesome’ crossed my dazed mind; and I was convinced that there had never been a more fitting scenario in my life for the adjective to be used. Throughout the one-hour chat I was struggling and failing to take my eyes off the man standing before me. Passionately bringing us into his watercolour wonderland, Xu Chongfang is a man whose words fill the air like the plumes of thick incense smoke that roll over Putuoshan – Zhoushan’s Buddhism ‘holy land’.