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Liu Tingting (Chinese, b.1983)
LOT ID: 72963
Flying fish, 2011

Oil, on canvas.
31.5 х 25.25 in. (80.01 x 64.14 cm.)
Signed, and dated in the lower right corner of canvas.
Lot description
"Flying Fish" (2011) is one of the most accomplished and charming oil paintings, by rising star, emerging Chinese Contemporary female artist Liu Tingting, that belongs to her iconic series of exaggerated portraits of young girls is some sort of tomboyish or surreal narrative. Here, a young girl is painted against a muted tiled background. This young girl has almost cartoonish facial features as do all of Liu's young girls, namely her overly large, luminous blue eyes rimmed with dark lashes, her tiny button nose, rosebud mouth, and fresh, pink cheeks. She wears a mix of traditional and modern-day dress, donning a light green kimono-style top and an old-fashioned woven headdress of red-berried branches but at the same time wears her hair in a very urban manner--in tiny braided and colorfully beaded rows of hair. As if completely natural, the young girl quietly gazes at the surreal appearance of colorful tropical fish that swim through the scene above her head, their shadows appearing on the wall at her back, brilliantly conflating fantasy and reality. This work is unframed measuring 31.5 x 25.25 inches in excellent condition.

Liu Tingting (b. 1983, China) is a rising star on the emerging Contemporary art scene in her native China and is gaining world-wide attention. Her work has already been the subject of select Museum and Gallery exhibitions throughout China and The East, most recently in 2011 in the group exhibition, "New Chinese Painting", at The Beijing Times Art Museum Beijing, China. The artist lives and works in Beijing, China.
Flying fish by Liu Tingting
  • Flying fish by Liu Tingting
  • Flying fish by Liu Tingting
  • Flying fish by Liu Tingting
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