Artist to Give Lecture on Gallery Exhibition | St. Lawrence University

Artist to Give Lecture on Gallery Exhibition

St. Lawrence University’s Richard F. Brush Art Gallery will hold a guest lecture with artist Jingtao Liu at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, in Griffiths Arts Center, room 123. The event is free and open to the public.

Liu’s lecture is presented in conjunction with “Time, Space, Nature: Paintings by Jingtao Liu,” which will run Oct. 17 to Dec. 7. 

The work of 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 Brush Art Gallery is free and open to the public Monday-Thursday 12-8 p.m., Friday and Saturday noon to 5 p.m., and closed on Sunday. For more information, contact the Brush Art Gallery at 315-229-5174 or visit