Liu Xiaodong, ‘《青藏铁路》调色板 Qinghai-Tibet Railway Palette’, 2007, Qiao Space

These past few years most of the paintings I paint are made outside of the studio, so my studio in the city has basically just turned into a storeroom.

Outside, whether in China or overseas, in a wide open landscape, on a street corner or in the mountains and rivers, all I need to do is get official permission then I employ some local workers to set up a simple scaffolding covered with canvas. Outside in the open air in the wind and rain I can paint what I see straight onto the canvas. When I’m finished, I pay the bill for the rental of the scaffold and canvas and the workers’ salaries. Everything is packed away and cleaned up, returning the landscape to how it was before as if nothing had happened there at all.

Image rights: Courtesy of LIU XIAODONG STUDIO / 版权归属 刘小东工作室.


Venue: Qiao Space, Shanghai (2016)

About Liu Xiaodong

Liu Xiaodong paints spontaneously from snapshots of friends, family, and everyday life, and is known for his strong brushwork, precise figuration, and rich colors. Early in his career, Liu emphasized scenery and traditional brushwork to create the most realistic realizations of his subjects possible; however, he eventually discarded this practice for cropped framing, unusual perspective, and the use of color to heighten emotion. He is strongly influenced by the paintings of Lucien Freud.

Chinese, b. 1963, Liaoning, China, based in Beijing, China

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