LIU QINGHE  (B. 1961)
LIU QINGHE (B. 1961)

Idling in Water

LIU QINGHE (B. 1961)
Idling in Water
Scroll, mounted and framed
Ink and colour on paper
89 x 88 cm. (35 x 34 5/8 in.)
Executed in 2006
London, Saatchi Gallery, Ink: The Art of China, 19 June-5 July 2012.
Los Angeles, Morono Kiang Gallery, Li Jin & Liu Qinghe: Side by Side, 8 March-26 April, 2008.
Seoul, Dong San Bang Gallery, &ILiu Qinghe, 2006.
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Selected exhibitions
2013 Hive Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China (solo)
Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong (group)
National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China (group)
2012 Saatchi Gallery, London, UK (group)
2011 National Museum of Australia, Canberra, Australia (group)
2008 Morono Kiang Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2007 Today Art Museum, Beijing, China (solo)
2006 Dong San Bang Gallery, Seoul, South Korea (solo)
2004 Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China (solo)

Notable collections
Boston Museum of Fine Art, USA
National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Spain
Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Shenzhen Art Museum, China

Born in Tianjin in 1961, Liu Qinghe graduated from Tianjin School of Arts and Crafts and the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in the late 1980s. He is currently Professor of Chinese painting at the Central Academy.
Through his art, Liu expresses the mentality of his generation who was born in China in the 1960s. His paintings are critique to the urban society and ways to explore his personal identity. Often referred to as "urban ink", Liu's paintings usually depict portraits of girls against a city backdrop. Although the figures' lack of facial expression creates a barrier between the viewer and the subject, this insecure and confused state of mind is realistic and commonplace in the contemporary society. In creating an equal and reciprocal relationship between the painter and the painted, Liu's knowledge of the life and experience of his models transforms his paintings from a simple sketch to a work with expressive quality and relevance to our lives.

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The girl depicted in Idling in Water wears strange attire with sunken eyes and a melancholic facial expression; her body set against a backdrop of blue water. Floating in the water without any form of support, her state of being reflects a common condition of our contemporary life-people get by in big cities without direction and independence. With his personalized technique in ink painting, Liu sets his scenes through chaotic images he sees in the society and expresses the anxiety and difficulty of his fellow city-dwellers.


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