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Lui Liu


I could only paint within the continuity of a tradition and with a simple mission: to paint the ever-lasting mythopoetic images of our time as they come out of the past and move into the future.

Issue 16 (2/2006) • may 31, 2006 • wersja polska »»


Lui Liu

Lui Liu
Speaking both fluent Chinese and English.

Artist Lui Liu possesses superb painterly techniques, his unique language that finds a wide range of audience around world.

His acquisition of techniques started during China's Cultural Revolution when he was a little boy painting posters on the street and continued in the most prestigious Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing.

Lui Liu unleashed his artistic expressions when he came to live in Canada in 1991. He works and lives now in Toronto with his wife and daughter while he has been exhibiting at galleries and museums throughout North America, Europe and Asia. His works have been highly sought after and a great number of them are held in private and corporate collections.

Growing up in China and living in the west make Lui Liu a keen observer as both an insider and outsider of the two worlds. Through extraordinary awareness and compelling techniques, he creates a surreal world that transcends cultures, spaces and races. A note of parody is most noticeable in almost all his works.

It's the ambivalence, the tensions between the poles, according to Barry Callaghan, a renowned Canadian writer, that free Lui Liu so that he can stand alone facing east or west, as he chooses.


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Lui Liu


The old masters of oil paintings have developed their techniques to perfection; and the masters of modern art have extended their styles to an extreme. Wittgenstein remarked about language: If only you do not try to utter what is unutterable then nothing gets lost. And the unutterable will be contained in what has been uttered. I believe, when it comes to the fields of fine arts - what is utterable has mostly been uttered.

In my opinion, the borderlines dividing language, science, common sense and the arts are disappearing gradually. I see convergence bringing about an integrated cultural world, and my works are an attempt to present such a vision of the integrating world to our senses. For me, this is the utterable element still unuttered.

Modernity appears to me like a tin bucket in which every possible style has been poured and mixed and used and abused in search of self-expression. A child can express himself with crayons and doodles. But great art could not be pure self-expression; it's unfortunately the opposite. When an art piece is placed in a position of great art, it's the unselfish erasing of the painter that lets it live, as T. S. Eliot has said, the process of creation is the process of constantly removing one's character and individuality from the work.

What's left of ME in my paintings then is the combination of other people's rules and technique and my psychological perception of reality. I don't try to be ancient or modern. I could only paint within the continuity of a tradition and with a simple mission: to paint the ever-lasting mythopoetic images of our time as they come out of the past and move into the future.

Nothing could be this carefree when I gained the stage to dance with the chains.

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