Exhibition: Time, Space, Nature: Paintings by Jingtao Liu | St. Lawrence University Art and Art History

Exhibition: Time, Space, Nature: Paintings by Jingtao Liu

October 17- December 7, 2019
Richard F. Brush Art Gallery (interior gallery)
Griffiths Arts Center

The work of Dr. Jingtao Liu combines the formalist elements of Chinese traditional painting with an eclectic array of eastern and western traditions. In this exhibition, three sections of work explore cultural intersections using techniques from across the span of Chinese aesthetic traditions.

Traditional Chinese fine brushwork painting relies on the use of small brushes and delicate lines to tile out objects, and then overlays the result with layers of traditional Chinese ink. This art form stresses realism to transcend the subject’s spirit. In these works, Liu augments traditional brushwork painting techniques with colors drawn from the hyper-real palettes of Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, and their fellow Fauvists. This juxtaposition allows Liu to draw attention to the nuances of natural and human-constructed subjects, and how notions of the decorative have changed over time.

In Liu's heavy color paintings, he begins with the Chinese traditional paintbrush and Xuan paper. He adds the warmth of oil painting and the post-Impressionistic abstraction techniques in the vein of Henri Rousseau and also contemporary painter and printmaker David Hockney. In these works, the formalism of Chinese painting exposes how realism relies on specific aesthetic conventions, which are neither universal nor static.

Tibetan Buddhist painting, the third section of work, is a religious painting form with a strong association with the decorative. In these paintings, vivid colors and an abundance of content help move the eye through the precise details derived from traditional thangka techniques.

The gallery is free and open to the public. Hours: Monday-Thursday 12-8 pm, Friday and Saturday 12-5 pm. Closed on Sunday. http://www.stlawu.edu/gallery/exhibitions/ 

For more information, contact Catherine Tedford, director, at ctedford@stlawu.edu.