Ink, acrylic, and collage on paper

Courtesy of the artist and Wendy Lee

Liu Kuo-Sung is widely regarded as the ‘Father of Modern Ink Painting’. In the 1950s, he founded the ‘Fih Moon Group’ in Taiwan, seen as the beginning of the Taiwanese modern art movement. In the late 50s, Liu started experimenting with a mixture of Chinese and Western materials, attempting to fuse the atmospheres of oil and ink painting. His personal interests permeate his innovative paintings. From 1972 to 1992, Liu was the Dean of the Faculty of Arts at Chinese University of Hong Kong, and his understanding of painting made an impact on the Hong Kong art scene as a whole. This 1973 work is part of his Space series, inspired by the iconic Blue Marble photo of the Earth taken by the crew of Apollo 17 one year prior. Liu’s work shows the striking encounter between millennia of imagination about our planetary home and our stunning actual view of it from a cosmic distance.

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