Liu Kuo-sung, The High Tide of Qiantang River, 2015
Liu Kuo-sung, Purple Sun, 2015
Liu Kuo-sung, Mid-Autumn Festival, 2015
Liu Kuo-sung, Floating Mountain Peak, 2015
Liu Kuo-sung, Spring of Old Banyan, 2015
Liu Kuo-sung, Mountain Light Blown into Wrinkles, 2015
Liu Kuo-sung, Pressing on the Brow, 2015
Liu Kuo-sung, Light Snow, 2015
Liu Kuo-sung, High Noon, 2015
Liu Kuo-sung, Early Spring, 2015
Respected as the Father of Modern Ink Painting, Liu Kuo-sung has passionately promoted modern ink painting with religious zeal. Liu’s faith is art, and modern ink paintings are his scripture. Over the last sixty years, Liu has journeyed around the world in art exhibitions and academic seminars, bringing his scripture wherever he went in the true spirit of a missionary.
In his youth, Liu Kuo-sung was once slandered as a traitor to art. He challenged both conservatives of traditional Chinese ink painting, as well as blind followers of modern Western painting, and instead forged his own path. With modern ink painting on the rise, Liu has finally been recognized for his contributions to the genre. Liu’s artworks have since entered the spotlight of the art market, and have become exceptionally difficult to acquire.
In order to continue promoting Liu Kuo-sung’s art, and also to share his achievements with more art lovers, Loftyart Gallery decided to produce a series of autographed handmade limited edition prints. The prints are to become a missionary’s scriptures, for sharing with the world. This notion is recognized by Liu himself, and under his authorization, supervision, and kind guidance, Loftyart commissioned a professional printmaking studio to create a series of ten prints in woodblock, etching, and silkscreen prints, and received critical-acclaim upon the prints’ release in late 2014.
In 2015, we are proud to present a second series of ten prints, featuring lithography in addition to woodblock, etching, and silkscreen printing. We believe that the prints, with strong support by Liu Kuo-sung, will not only help art lovers capture the spirit of Liu’s original artworks, but also share with them the art of various types of printmaking.
Eight Viewsof Taiwan first appeared in 1694 in the official Taiwan Chorography. In the four following centuries, the list of Eight Views has undergone a series of changes according to the times, due to not only the island’s development and social growth, but also the people’s choice of aesthetics and sense of cultural identification. What makes a scenery beautiful? A viewer’s opinion often oversteps the boundaries of objectivity. From 2013, three cross-strait artists, Lin (Apex) Pang-soong, Zhou Gang, and Xue Song, were invited for the Eight Views of Taiwan creation project. Without a preconceived list of Eight Views, the artists were invited to travel around Taiwan, and through their experience and interaction with the island, each represent the scenery in their own artistic language, ultimately painting a view into the cultural and historical heritage of Taiwan.
Loftyart is proud to present, from several important private collections, an exhibition of paintings by Cheng Tsai-tung (Zheng Zaidong), titled Revisiting the Past. Cheng worked and lived in Taiwan during the 1990s, leading the new literati painting movement, and as of 2000 has ventured to reside in Shanghai. Drawing his subject matter from daily life, as well as the search for its deeper meaning, Cheng portrays often himself into his work, forming a strongly recognizable and mysterious personal style. Revisiting the Past reconstructs the world of Cheng Tsai-Tung during the 1990s, and his emotional bond with Taiwan at the time.
Liu Kuo-sung Teacher & Students Group Exhibition January 31 – February 28, 2015
Liu Kuo-sung, Dreaming of the immortal's Home, 2014
Liu Kuo-sung, Divine Mountain, Holy Water, 2014
Liu Kuo-sung, Blue Waves Welcome the Dawn, 2014
Liu Kuo-sung, Rainy Spring Water, 2009
Liu Kuo-sung, Daybreak, 2009
Leung Tung-choi, 2011 No. 5, 2011
Lin Hsiang-yuan, Emerald Mountains XLV, 2015
Liu Chen-fu, The Place Missed, Day and Night II, 2015
Chuang Shu-chen, Fissures, 2014
Wu Pui-wah, Leaping of White Lines Series No. 50, 2015
Respected as the Father of Modern Ink Painting in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China, Liu Kuo-sung has promoted the modernization of Chinese art for over fifty years. In order to revitalize Chinese ink painting in accordance to the times, Liu Kuo-sung has initialed new thought in published articles, experimented with unconventional painting materials, and created innovative painting techniques; as well as assembled artist groups, opened numerous classes with a legion of students, and tirelessly hosted countless exhibitions and academic seminars all over the world – all for the development of modern ink painting.
Since 2010, modern ink painting has implicitly become a worthy rival to oil painting in Chinese contemporary art. Highly acclaimed by international art institutions, collectors, and auction houses, the genre and its rise must be credited to Liu Kuo-sung’s tireless effort in hosting exhibitions and academic seminars across mainland China in the last thirty years. Since then, countless Chinese artists have acknowledged being inspired by Liu’s theories and innovations. In recognition of Liu’s accomplishments and contributions to Chinese art and art education in China, in 2011 China’s Ministry of Culture bestowed Liu with the Chinese Art and Literature Life-time Achievement Award.
In recent years, Liu Kuo-sung has assembled the Tension of the White Line painting group and also Liu Kuo-sung Teacher & Student Exhibition in numerous private and public art museums in Taiwan and China. Together, these artist who share the same faith in modern ink painting, wield their own artistic styles to bring forward brand new possibilities in ink and wash. And yet, this is only the beginning to the rise of the fascinating genre. Liu Kuo-sung’s dream of leading modern ink painting in becoming the renowned mainstream of Chinese art has finally been realized.
Liu Kuo-sung, Water and Cloud Share the Same Source, 2014
Liu Kuo-sung, Not the Color of the Moon?, 2014
Liu Kuo-sung, Blue Light on the Ripples, 2014
Liu Kuo-sung, Rising Toward Mysterious Whiteness, 2014
Liu Kuo-sung, Wintery Mountains Covered with Snow, 2014
Liu Kuo-sung, Sun and Moon: Floating? Sinking?, 2014
Liu Kuo-sung, Sun and Moon: Floating? Sinking? 2014
Liu Kuo-sung, Roof of the World, 2014
Liu Kuo-sung, Silvery Woods Amidst Cloudy Mountains, 2014
Respected as the Father of Modern Ink Painting by the art worlds of Taiwan and China, Liu Kuo-sung has passionately promoted modern ink painting with a religious zeal. Liu’s faith is art, and modern ink paintings are his scripture. Over the last sixty years, Liu has journeyed around the world in art exhibitions and academic seminars, bringing his scripture wherever he went, in the true spirit of a missionary.
In his cause for modern ink painting, Liu was once slandered as a traitor to art. He challenged both conservatives of traditional Chinese ink painting, as well as blind followers of modern Western painting, and was determined to forge his own path in the middle. In recent years, with modern ink painting on the rise, Liu Kuo-sung has finally been recognized for his efforts and contributions to the genre. Liu’s artworks have since entered the spotlight of the art market, and have become exceptionally difficult to acquire.
In order to continue promoting Liu Kuo-sung’s art, and also to share Liu’s achievements with more art lovers, Loftyart Gallery has decided to help Liu Kuo-sung produce a series of prints. Prints are similar to a missionary’s scriptures, for sharing with the world. While the prints are reproductions of Liu Kuo-sung’s artwork, they are designed and printed with Liu’s distinctive techniques and motifs in mind, and remain faithful to their original inspirations. This statement is recognized by Liu himself, and under his authorization and kind guidance, Loftyart has commissioned a series of ten prints in woodblock, etching, and silkscreen print.Liu Kuo-sung strongly believes the prints give his artworks a new vitality, and will thereby create new opportunities for more art lovers to appreciate his art.