We would like to say how much we appreciate the skill and attention to detail that Li Xiao Bai has put into our portraits. We and our friends were so impressed with our portrait we had painted in 2005 that twelve years later my wife and I commissioned him to paint our immediate family tree - Mum, Dad, four children plus husbands and wives and finally grandchildren (18 portraits in all!) Absolutely brilliant work admired by everyone who views them. Highly recommended.
Xiaobai Li’s work is quite exceptional. I commissioned him to paint individual portraits of my children - and our dog! The results are excellent - they almost look like photographs, such is the attention to detail and the ability to capture their expressions. He was wonderful with the children too, and to my surprise they sat patiently while he worked on their portraits. He did our dog from a photograph and it is so lifelike - means a lot as she is no longer with us. I realised when I was at Xiaobai’s studio that his range extended far beyond portraits. His landscapes, indeed anything he touches is so atmospheric, captured so cleverly that there seems to be a magic in them. We went on to commission Xiaobai to paint a large picture of Plymouth Hoe from a painting done in the 18th century. He took a small postcard and copied it into an enormous painting - the detail is infinitesimal, the colours exact and it hangs in pride of place over our dining room fire place. There is nothing this artist cannot do - and it seems he works equally successfully in all mediums, from charcoal to oil and everything in between. He is an undiscovered gem and will go down as one of the “greats” in art. We’re privileged to own some of his work