LIU Xiaodong: Hometown Boy Print Series

LIU Xiaodong: Hometown Boy Print Series

Exhibition Period
22 May 2013 - 14 Sep 2013
ESLITE Bookstore Causeway Bay Branch: 9th Floor, Hysan Place - 500 Hennessey Road
Opening Hours
22 May 2013

After graduating from Beijing’s Fine Arts School Affiliated to Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1984, LIU Xiaodong bought his first camera - a second-hand Russian camera - for 25 RMB. Although the camera was old and would often overexpose or not focus, it captured many precious photos that would later be incorporated into paintings. This exhibition features six prints whose images were pulled from photographs taken from 1984 to 1997. Personal memories captured include those of budding young love for his wife YU Hong, tribute to influential artists (contemporary French artist Marcel DUCHAMP), best friends that would later become famous film directors of the sixth generation (WANG Xiaoshuai and ZHANG Yuan), and even an old pet rabbit. These all embody the strong recollections of the glorious days of his youth.


LIU Xiaodong

LIU Xiaodong was born in 1963 in Liaoning Province, China, and received both his B.A. and M.A. from the Central Academy of Fine Arts. He currently resides in Beijing and teaches in the Oil Painting Department at his alma mater. As one of China’s most prominent artists, LIU spends most of his time painting on site and out of the studio, travelling to different societies and countries. He utilizes strong and energetic composition to explore various topics of life such as the changing times and impact of urbanization. Historical narratives are built around “people” - the realities of individuals and the civilian population are found and understood through his keen eye.


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