LIU SHUISHI   |   UNCONSCIOUS FIGURES

Chase Contemporary is proud to announce a major solo exhibition of works by Liu Shiushi (China, 1962). Influenced by his brush and a desire to understand human unconsciousness as it relates to figurative painting, Liu has developed a style that is gestural and ambiguous, yet poignantly honest in its delivery. 

 

Liu was born in Xi’an, China in 1962, an era enflamed by class conflict. Born into a family of landlords who were at the forefront of criticism and public denouncement, Liu learned from an early age the significance of independence. From the age of four, Liu could be found copying illustrations from his sister’s schoolbooks or painting the people and livestock of his rural neighborhood. For him, every landscape held the potential and challenge to express nature’s beauty. 

 

Following his desire to explore his own path in life through art, Liu entered the Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts in 1987, where he studied classical Chinese artists with Western masters like Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Gogh and Monet. However, Liu felt at odds with the Academy’s classical training and left after two years to teach art classes. It was not until 2007 when he began reading about the self and consciousness through popular philosophers like Socrates, Immanuel Kant and Sigmund Freud, that Liu developed a taste for modern and contemporary art. From then on, Liu’s style of painting evolved from the figural to the abstract. 

 

Liu’s career took an international turn with his 2009 exhibition in Paris at the Salon du Carrousel du Louvre Paris and at Art en Capital where he was awarded a silver prize by Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts. He moved to Beijing the following year to further his international reputation and exposure. His work, Existence, was collected in 2014 by former US State Secretary, Henry Kissinger. In 2015, Liu participated in the 56thInternational Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale for a solo exhibition in the Syrian National Pavilion. 

 

Chase Contemporary is a contemporary art gallery with two spaces in Chelsea with a selection of artworks by established and emerging artists. Featured artists include Andy Warhol, Retna, Raphael Mazzucco, Peter Beard, Bernie Taupin, Richard Hambleton, Peter Tunney, Williams Carmona and Pablo Picasso. For any and all inquiries, please contact media@chasecontemporary.com or check out www.chasecontemporary.com.  

 

Diana Chen has held positions in prominent New York City museums and auction houses, including Christie's, the Met, MoMA, and the Guggenheim Museum. Currently, she works at Chase Contemporary to expand global market sales. Diana earned her Master of Arts Degree from Columbia University.