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LIU KUO-SUNG (LIU GUOSONG, B. 1932)
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LIU KUO-SUNG (LIU GUOSONG, B. 1932)

Tibet Series No. 48 – The Peak

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LIU KUO-SUNG (LIU GUOSONG, B. 1932)
Tibet Series No. 48 – The Peak
Hanging scroll
Ink and colour on paper
184.2 x 91.4 cm. (72 ½ x 36 in.)
Executed in 2003

PROVENANCE
Acquired by the present owner from Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong, in January 2007

LITERATURE
New Works by Liu Kuo-sung in the 21st Century, Chung Hua University Arts Centre, Taiwan, 2006, p. 32

Considered the “father of Chinese modern ink” in Taiwan, Liu Kuo-sung received numerous awards for his contribution to art development in Greater China. He constantly introduces new techniques and materials in his works from techniques such as collage, paper tearing, ink rubbing, and steeping ink between two pieces of paper. Liu expresses the unpredictability of ink and paper reacting with each other, resulting in his many series of ethereal and abstract landscape paintings over the past six decades. In Tibet Series No. 48 The Peak, Liu combines technical mastery and an experimental use of materials to conjure a Tibetan landscape. The creative process, pioneered by Liu, involves the artist peeling strands of fibre from a specially-made textured paper to outline the mountains in white. Through repeated painting, creasing and peeling of both sides of the paper, Liu creates atmospheric ‘portraits’ of snowy mountains, their topography shown through webs of white lines set against the dark, expansive backdrop of a Tibetan sky. Liu was born in Shandong and settled in Taiwan in 1949. At the age of 20 Liu shifted his studies to Western painting and later co-founded the Fifth Moon Group to promote Chinese contemporary art with a Western perspective. By 1961, Liu refocused his energies on the ink and brush genre, which allowed him to better express his own culture. Currently resides in Taipei, Liu taught at numerous institutions, including the Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Ohio, and National Taiwan Normal University.

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