Wonder Ball | Hung Liu


Hung Liu
Born 1948, Changchun, China
Lives and works in Oakland, California

Good Prayer II, 2012
Cast resin and mixed media
20 ½ x 20 ½ inches
Courtesy of the artist and Trillium Graphics, Brisbane, California
Retail value: $12,000

Hung Liu’s luscious paintings, based on historical photographs and newspaper imagery, have earned her international recognition for her sensitive look at Chinese history. Her subjects range from refugees to prostitutes and from soldiers to prisoners. Using a striking combination of traditional Eastern imagery and contemporary Western technique, Hung Liu strives to cast the history and culture of her native China into international, humanistic terms. 

Liu’s portraits are often nameless female figures—individuals who were categorized for racist ethnographic studies, sold into prostitution, or forced into various forms of labor. The women in the photographs that Liu uses as a resource have often been stripped of their identity and personality. In paintings such as Good Prayer II (2012), Liu depicts women with personal expressions, restoring to them a sense of individuality that had previously been eliminated. 

The winning bidder will also receive the opportunity for a private visit to Liu’s studio in Oakland, California. 

Born in 1948 in Changchun, China, Hung Liu received an MFA equivalent in mural painting from the Central Academy of Art in Beijing (1981) and an MFA in visual arts from the University of California, San Diego (1986). Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (1994); Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe (2002); and the Oakland Museum of California (2013). In 2013, the San Jose Museum of Art presented Questions from the Sky: New Work by Hung Liu, which was documented in a book published by Hardy Marks Publications (2015).  Liu’s work is included in the collections of the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Oakland Museum of California; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; San Jose Museum of Art; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

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