Shuyong Liu Shuyong

(China 1962 – )

Mother waits for my return

Location
Not on display
Further information

Liu Shuyong, known also as Lao Shu, is a much-admired photographer and painter as well as a prolific writer and influential scholar. His paintings carry a sense of the absurd in our modern lives of endless activity and pursuit of material things. It is a humour carried through engaging images that draw on Chinese heritage. The characters in his paintings express emotions from agony to ecstasy and the poems accompanying them are often irreverent.

Place of origin
Beijing, China
Cultural origin
China
Year
2017
Media
Painting
Medium
ink and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
52.7 x 44.0 cm image; 63.0 x 47.5 cm mount
Signature & date

Signed and dated u.l., in Chinese, ink "Lao Shu [ 老樹 ]... early autumn of 2017 [ 丁酉初秋 ] ... can't sleep, paint this painting to record it [夜不能寐制畫記之]”.

Credit
Edward and Goldie Sternberg Chinese Art Purchase Fund and funds provided by Edwin WS Mok and Bing Wu 2018
Accession number
84.2018
Copyright
© Shuyong Liu