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Liao Zhenwu (Chinese)
LOT ID: 66401
Untitled (Portrait Series), 2011

Oil, on canvas
63 х 39.4 in. (160.02 x 100.08 cm.)
Signed, and dated, lower right front of painting in black oil paint.
Lot description
This stunning oil painting is by Chinese Contemoprary art star Liao Zhenwu. It is excellent condition. Liao Zhenwu is now so popular in the West that a painting of his was the top selling lot November 2 2011 at Doyle's NY Auction House "Modern and Contemporary Art" auction, and also a world record for the artist, selling for over $194,000 USD premium.

This close-up portrait is an ethereal and quietly intense study of a woman with her eyes closed, deep in thought, by one of the most famous Chinese Contemporary artists working today, Liao Zhenwu. The artist's iconic manner of painting is defined by the attenuated and ghost-like figural compositions seemingly created from cobwebs and clouds. His paintings have a sense of the ethereal and the otherworldly is stunningly encapsulated in "The Portrait". Liao's manner of painting combines the traditional art of Chinese ink painting with American Abstract Expressionism-- in drips, drops, layers, and loose lines of black and white paint are applied to canvas allowing the medium to determine the tenor and direction of his paintings.

Liao was born in 1969 and paintings in the manner of this work have placed him at top museums and galleries world-wide. In 2010, his solo exhibition "Liao Zhenwu: MONUMENT", began at Today Art Museum, Beijing; traveling to Sichuan University Museum, China and Hua Museum of Art, China. Museum group shows include in 2009: "Evolution of Art History: New Cultural Art", Gefeng Contemporary Art Gallery, China and "In Order to Forget the Memory- The Power of Sihuan", Museum of Central Academy of Fine Art , Beijing, China. In 2008 his paintings were in "Southwest Power Contemporary Art Exhibition", Yuangong Art Museum, Shanghai that traveled to Sichuan Art Museum. The artist graduate with a Fine Arts Degree from the Fine Arts Department, Sichuan College of Education, China.
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