Liu Shuishi Retrospective at Chase Contemporary
Ritual, 2015. Oil on Canvas. 86.61 x 114.17 in. Like many artists, Liu Shuishi began drawing at a very early age. The subjects of his first pieces consist of people and livestock of his rural neighborhood in China. When he realized that art was his true calling, he enrolled at the …
Like many artists, Liu Shuishi began drawing at a very early age. The subjects of his first pieces consist of people and livestock of his rural neighborhood in China. When he realized that art was his true calling, he enrolled at the prestigious Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts in 1987 where he studied both, classic Chinese artists and Western masters like Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Gogh, and Monet. However, seeking to expand his knowledge Shuishi left the Academy’s classical training after two years. He yearned to explore his own voice in art and life.
In 2007, Shuishi became interested in the self and consciousness, discovering new ways of thinking through his readings of Socrates, Kant, and Freud among others. This new knowledge gave him a taste for modern and contemporary art and his painting style evolved from figurative to abstract. Ever since his career has blossomed. Shuishi has shown in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America.
Chase Contemporary presents a major solo exhibition in New York City. The show was exquisitely curated by Diana Chen. “Liu Shuishi Retrospective” has been extended through September 30, 2018. A must see show! From the gallery’s press release,
Influenced by his brush and a desire to understand human unconsciousness as it relates to figurative painting, Liu has developed a style that is gestural and ambiguous, yet poignantly honest in its delivery.
Liu Shuishi Retrospective
521 West 23rd Street, New York
July 29, 2018 – September 30, 2018
All images ©Liu Shuishi