Hu Changqiong's paintings are now on show at the Ici Labas gallery in Beijing's 798 art district until Feb 20. [Photo provided to China Daily] Beijing-based artist Hu Changqiong often displays a symmetrical beauty in his paintings. He depicts the changing landscapes near his home and workplace. His still lifes of strangers, family members and daily objects in his studio show a sense of poetry. But underneath the soft tone of his works, Hu sometimes reveals sadness and calmness with which he deals with everyday issues. Hu's paintings are now on show at the Ici Labas gallery in Beijing's 798 art district until Feb 20. On display are some 40 works produced over the past decade, which he hopes will bring comfort to the audience especially in a time of difficulty.