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Liu Yujun (Chinese, b.1963)
LOT ID: 71799
Secret Liquid 2009-9.3, 2009

Oil, on canvas.
15.75 х 11.81 in. (40.01 x 30 cm.)
Inscribed, signed, lower right corner of canvas.
Lot description
This work is a rare, small-scale painting from the internationally acclaimed "Unidentified Liquid" series of surreal figurative female portraits by famed Chinese Contemporary artist Liu Yujun. This painting is an exaggerated portrait of a beautiful young Chinese women, painted head-on and with an extremely cropped composition, bearing, of course, Liu's famous blue liquid that drips into the scene from above to hooks around and frames her full, ruby-colored mouth that is slight parted, interrupting this woman's surreal beauty and heightening the sense of fantasy and dynamism. This work measures 15.75 x 11.81 inches, is unframed and in excellent condition.

All of the paintings from "The Unidentified Liquid" series are portraits that assimilate the images of the women of China's past with those of China's present. Thus, the dress, demeanor and facial features of Liu's sitters represent China's demure and conservative old-world imperial palace maidens, as is the photographic grey-scale they are painted in-- a nod to vintage black and white Chinese vintage portrait photography. To these traditionally inspired women, Liu applies the coolly elegant features of modern urban women, with heavy-lidded, and modern attitudes, seductive gazes, and slick-backed hair-styles, allowing them to also represent the women of China's present.

Liu's work is highly sought-after throughout Asia and Europe, having exhibited in 2009-11 alone in Paris, Honfluer and Beaune, France; Gent and Knokke Zoute, Belgium; Laren, The Netherlands; Karlsruhe, Germany; Shanghai, China and New York and Miami, US. His most recent exhibition was "DIFFERENT FACES - FANG HUI, LIU YUJUN" in Spring 2011 in China.
Secret Liquid 2009-9.3 by Liu Yujun
  • Secret Liquid 2009-9.3 by Liu Yujun
  • Secret Liquid 2009-9.3 by Liu Yujun
  • Secret Liquid 2009-9.3 by Liu Yujun
  • Secret Liquid 2009-9.3 by Liu Yujun
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