In Liu Kuo-Sung's decades of study in art, he invented many new materials and techniques, such as ink rubbing, tearing paper veins and water rubbing, and presented an unprecedented theme in Chinese art history which inherited the spirit of traditional landscape painting. In 1967, Liu Kuo-Sung finished his study in Europe and United States and returned. Afterwards, his works started to reflect a distinct change in the concept and techniques. For instance, Hermit Fishman by a Green Cliff (Lot 510) with an abstract quality of cursive style, demonstrates a fully integration of his use of brush and artistic expression of ink painting through the tempo, rhythm and momentum of brushstrokes. In Canyon I (Lot 511), the conceptual extension of the blank space in traditional Chinese ink painting sometimes is a pure manifestation of abstractionism while sometimes becomes a medium of restoring sensory authenticity, so as to interpret the objective landscape into a representation of artist's subjective emotion. In regard to the background knowledge of this work, Liu Kuo- Sung obtained Asian Cultural Council Fellowship in the United States. And parents of the current collector, the owner of The Carmel Pine Cone, bought this piece through Laky Gallery shortly after the meeting with Liu Kuo-Sung at the Bay area of San Francisco.
Many experimental techniques were clearly inspired by the Moon Landing of the US Apollo. As to Liu Ku o - Sung's outerspace exploration - Moon ' s Metamorphosis ( L o t 512 ) , its delicate arrangement of colour gradients draws the audience to linger around. In the form of collages, some blocks of colour enhanced the texture and elevated the visual hierarchy. The Illuminated Sea at Sunset (Lot 513) belongs to a serial work of zimofa (steeped ink technique) invented in the early 1980s. With the "controllable accidental effect" raised by Liu Kuo- Sung, his painting sometimes resembles the organic cell in microscope, and the sometimes mica sheet of multiple layers, rendering his works of the time a unique interest. Buddha (Lot 514) is among the latest, echoing his previous outerspace series. The variation of the moon is Liu Kuo-Sung's common subject. overlapped moon phases imply the circle of life. "Buddha" in Sanskrit indicates one of Buddha's ten names, meaning "seem to come". The intentionally stretched layout intensively enhanced the extent and dynamic of the composition.