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Liu Baomin (Chinese, b.1968)
LOT ID: 71202
Extreme Illusion: Lady of the Stage, 2011

Oil, on canvas.
74.8 х 59 in. (189.99 x 149.86 cm.)
Signed, in Chinese and Pinyin and dated '20011.8' in oil paint front left of canvas.
Lot description
"Extreme Illusion: Lady of the Stage" (2011) may be considered one of the most exciting and visually compelling of hypperreal figurative paintings by critically acclaimed Chinese Contemporary artist Liu Baomin and belongs to his iconic 'Extreme Illusion' Series. A beautiful Chinese woman wearing a traditional ornate dress and make-up, sits quietly posed as if in the midst of a performance on stage, as the title suggests. She is painted against a brilliant blue background that suggests water, with emerald green foliage and vibrant flowers surrounding her. Liu pushes traditional Chinese Contemporary Realism to new boundaries in his oeuvre, taking months to finish a single work, applying oil paint to canvas in single brush strokes to create the illusion that this narrative is being viewed through rain or a faceted looking-glass. The complexity of shape, form, color, negative space as well as theme, all work together to pushing the visual and thematic boundaries, where reality and fantasy co-exist in a singular and sublime manner. This painting measures 74.80 x 59 in (190 x 150 cm) and is in excellent condition.

Known for his exquisite works of hyper-realism, contemporary Chinese artist Liu Baomin (China, B. 1968) is a master of manipulating perceptions of reality. Constantly engaging in their brilliant palettes and subjectivity, his paintings explores how the pictorial nature of his work evolves in a symbol for personal experiences. Baomin’s work has been the subject of numerous museum exhibitions in Asia and Europe and will be exhibited at the upcoming "Art Asia Miami" Fair, in December, 2011. Select Museum Exhibitions from 2010-2007 include Zhuzao Art Museum (Beijing, China), Castle Art Museum (Tours, France), and Art Museum (Beijing, China), among numerous others.
Extreme Illusion: Lady of the Stage by Liu Baomin
  • Extreme Illusion: Lady of the Stage by Liu Baomin
  • Extreme Illusion: Lady of the Stage by Liu Baomin
  • Extreme Illusion: Lady of the Stage by Liu Baomin
  • Extreme Illusion: Lady of the Stage by Liu Baomin
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