University: The Glasgow School of Art Graduation Year: 2012
New Blood Art Statement
Much is said about the artist leading an examined life, a philosophical and contemplative approach to the reality of our surroundings across our varied and wandering paths. Alike to David Hockney of the 60’s, Liu captures day to day experiences in luscious paint, potent moments that resonate with his sense of time and place. The intrigue felt towards his changing character through past, present and future places his work at the peek of metaphysical enquiry.
My work is purely autobiographical. It is about myself and the people around me. In order to study this world with more clarity, I decided to study myself as a starting point. I think I am my most ‘available’ subject. What is more interesting than us? I respect the present reality and my memory, and try to invite them both to my paintings. I think reality exists objectively, and is never changed (by any people). However, people can create it sometimes. Memory is also a part of ‘reality’, a reality chosen by people through observation and analysis. I believe memory is real, although it is not ‘fit’ for reality sometimes. Because memory is not only the reflection of reality, but is also the thought of the reality as well. I believe the thought is real. I love ‘the accident’ of making paintings. I am fascinated with my past and trying to compare me in the past with me in present. I invited ‘him’ to my paintings and had a communication with me… I simply hope to create a moment that could never ‘happen’. I work from the photographs but not simply to copy them. I think they are evidence of my work. I am interested in oil paintings and traditional painting skills. I am really fascinated in the texture of oil painting materials themselves.