Dreamy pastel colours and childhood sweetness underscored by a creeping sense of ambiguity. I really enjoy this curation, gingerly hovering over oceans of emotional depth.
Critical of globalization, economic crisis, and the loss of innocence in Mao Zedong’s China, Liu sites equal influence from the Cultural Revolution’s propaganda and his father’s illustrations for children’s books, which were ultimately censored and a forbidden practice.
Fans of European fairy tales will also notice heavy inspiration from the likes of Hans Christian Anderson. Liu’s work brings together Western and Asian cultures, often viewed as contradictory. A blend of pulp noir, Modernism and traditional Chinese landscapes, his paintings are equally planted in traditional Eastern and Western artistic practices and cerebral trends, connecting the strengths of the past and the future.