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Writer paints with a subtle splash of color

AN exhibition by writer and artist Liu Yong in the Shanghai Tower offers visitors a unique view of Liu’s flower and bird paintings.

The exhibition features 48 of Liu’s painting works in diverse styles, such as gongbi (subtle line and point drawing), xieyi (free sketching), and pomo (ink splashes).

In Chinese painting, detailed figures are painted with what is called the gongbi technique, while xieyi is impressionistic style with swift, definite and spontaneous brush strokes.

Pomo is a technique which involves splashing or pouring ink and wash onto rice paper and finishing off with a few brushstrokes.

These styles have come to embody much of the Chinese culture, history and philosophy.

Liu is good at recording subtle details in his work. Either the structure of petals, the number of stamens and pistil, or the bone structure of birds, plus the number of birds’ feathers are all prominent in his work.

As a writer, Liu has published several hundred pieces, including poems, prose, novels and reference books. Some have been translated into a number of languages.

He also has a flair for painting people, landscape and animals.

“When people see these paintings, they are walking through my mind. Each painting reflects my thoughts, my laughters and my tears,” said Liu, who enjoys sharing the stories behind these paintings.

A series of public lectures will be held during the exhibition.

 

Date: Through May 7, 10am-5:30pm

Venue: Baoku Jiangxin Art Center

Address: F/37, 501 Yincheng Rd M.,
Pudong New Area

Free admission with reservation required on the center’s WeChat account: Baoku




 

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