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Hung Liu: A Decade of Paintings

Hung Liu:

A Decade of Paintings

March 21 – May 8, 2005
Artist Lecture: Friday, April 8, 5:30 p.m., Joseph M. Bryan Jr. Auditorium, Frank Family Science CenterOpening reception: Friday, April 8, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Guilford College Art Gallery, Hege Library
Both events are free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

 California artist Hung Liu explores her Chinese heritage and identity in an exhibition of twelve large-scale oil paintings, which will be on display at Guilford College Art Gallery, March 21-May 6, 2005.

 Liu will speak about her recent work in the Bryan Jr. Auditorium, located in the Frank Family Science Center, at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 8.  The public opening reception of “Hung Liu: A Decade of Paintings,” will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Art Gallery, located in Hege Library, following the artist’s presentation.  Both events are free and the public is cordially invited.


 Time Out, 1993, Oil on Canvas, 52″ x 88″

Born in Changchun, China in 1948, Liu is currently an associate art professor at Mills College in Oakland, CA. Growing up during the Maoist Cultural Revolution, she and thousands of other educated Chinese citizens were forcibly sent to rural communes in an effort to raise the country’s agricultural production through collective labor. When she was allowed to return to Beijing, she earned a BFA in Education from the Beijing Teachers College and later earned the equivalent of a MFA in mural painting from the prestigious Central Academy of Fine Art. In 1984 she was permitted to travel to the United States for further study, earning her MFA degree at University of California-San Diego two years later.

Trained in the rigid social realist style of painting, Liu now applies her paint more freely and builds up her images with multiple layers of transparent glazes. She uses rare, turn-of-the-century, documentary photographs from China as source material for her images, which examine issues of ethnicity, politics and gender. All paintings in the exhibition, which includes works from several of Liu’s most well-known series, are on loan from the Bernice Steinbaum Gallery (Miami, FL). The Freeman Foundation has provided generous funding for the exhibition and the artist’s visit.


Golden Gate, 1994, Oil on Canvas, 79″ x 67″