A New Standard in Contemporary Printmaking
Loftyart Gallery’s Liu Kuo-sung Prints, with the help of Xuyuan International Printmaking Centre, has given Liu Kuo-sung a new perspective on the art of printmaking, in that prints do not merely reproduce the likeness of original artwork, but rather, they recreate its artistic spirit through the language of printmaking, which requires experience, dedicated craftsmanship, and a genuine understanding of the original artwork.
For the last two years, Liu Kuo-sung frequently visited Xuyuan and engaged in deep and comprehensive exchanges with over thirty printmakers from the woodblock, etching, lithograph and silkscreen printing departments. Liu shared with them his belief in Modern Ink Painting, as well as the painting techniques he created. In exchange, the printmakers shared with him the different forms of expression characteristic of the various type of printmaking. As a product of this relationship, the defining artworks of Liu Kuo-sung’s career are recreated in woodblock, etching, lithograph, and silkscreen prints. In response to the printmakers, Liu declared: “you are all artists of recreating my art!”
Loftyart’s first series of Liu Kuo-sung’s autographed handmade limited edition prints, released in October 2014, was met with high approval by Jimmy Lu, Senior Advisor of the Taiwan Art Gallery Association. After visiting Xuyuan upon our invitation in May 2015, Jimmy Lu expressed the possibility for prints to be more remarkable and exciting than original artworks, this is because they incorporate and utilize the fascinating qualities of woodblock, etching, lithograph, and silkscreen printmaking. Authentic prints do not pursue imitation; instead they are a separate art form, taking the original artwork as their basis, to be recreated through the art of printmaking. Lu Jimmy believes the combined effort of Liu Kuo-sung, Loftyart and Xuyuan has set a new standard in contemporary printmaking.
Richard MC Chang