Xi'an Conversations

    • Date
      2014.06.30 19:00-21:00
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      Liao Guohe, Pu Hong
    • Moderator
      Karen Smith
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-- A Conversation Between the Artist Liao Guohe and Curator Pu Hong 


Liao Guohe’s painting style is at odds with many conventions of contemporary painting, especially in China. Yet, in common with lauded practices of the great historic painters of xieyi ink, it represents a dynamic release of creative energy that pays little heed to rules and is simultaneously tongue-in-cheek and angry, exuberant and effortless. Liao Guohe prefers acrylic paint to oil, which he uses directly on pieces of loose canvas. The results are raw and unpolished, completed in one go, and rarely revised. 

Liao Guohe’s paintings are full of humour, derived from observations of society. Wide-ranging in nature, the compositions project an evident attitude towards the world, yet in an intelligent manner. These paintings may look as if they could have been done by any amateur, but the surface belies the highly skilled hand that produces it. This art is a clear response to the circumstances of its times and behind the wry play on motifs lie sensitive messages. Liao Guohe is one of the most interesting painters of these times. 

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