Liu Kuo-sung (b.1932)
China Guardian HK 2016 Autumn Auctions
20th Century and Contemporary Chinese Art
30.5 x 70.5 cm
People's Republic of China (1949-)Estimate:
Painted in 1966;Ink and colours on paper;Dated in Chinese and stamped with oneartist seal on middle left;Liu Kuo-sung, a member of the Fifth Moon Group in Taiwan, was passionate about Western modern art. In the late 1950s, he gradually became aware of the uniqueness of the materials used in Chinese painting. By applying techniques from Abstract Expressionism, Liu began to create abstract ‘modern ink painting’. Endeavoured to seek new approaches in painting, he invented new techniques such as rubbing ink and steeped ink, making it possible for white lines to appear in Chinese ink painting which has greatly enriched the expression of water.In 1966, Liu went to New York and has created many ink paintings portraying mountains and snow. The lot Snowy Mountains is considered a classic from the batch. Liu applied his self-invented techniques so as to give his works an aura of Chinese ink painting as well as keeping the texture of oil painting. By using ‘paper fiber extraction’, Liu was able to create rich contoured lines with layers resembling the vigorous Chinese calligraphy. The strong strokes and large blank space create a great contrast that forms a composition of illusion and reality, making it as magnificent as the snowy mountain peaks, as lively as the energy flowing in the universe.