Acrylic and charcoal on canvas
Dimensions: 95cm (H) x 122cm (W) / 37.4" (H) x 48" (W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
In Leo’s contemporary take on the cloud, his clouds are all-embracing and full of colours, be it totalitarian that covers the canvas or as a guest in his many portraitures of painting. There are always clouds or a piece of cloud in his works, which is the same in everyone's hearts, likened to there are countless colourful clouds, just like everyone's dream, and maybe one or more will come true. Leo’s cloud evokes memories and also transcends a vision of the future. Contrary, in ancient Chinese symbolism, clouds were created between earth and heaven; they symbolise the celestial realm. Clouds are considered the union of Ying and Yang because they are a fusion of the elements of water and air, sky and earth. Moreover, “Yun”, the word for clouds, sounds like the Chinese word for luck and fortune; therefore, the two became intrinsically connected. In this hybrid of modern beliefs and ancient connotations of clouds, Leo narrates the story of life, its social issues such as popular culture like social media and fake news, and human behaviour and societal relations in our current times.
Hometown: Zhe Jiang
Based in: Singapore
Born in China 1977, Liu Xuan Qi graduated from University of Shanghai for Science and Technology press printing and Institute of art and design, in 1999. He moved to Singapore in 2006.
With his background as a graphic designer, he explores elements from traditional Chinese ink paintings, icons and imagery from eastern cultures and fuses them with contemporary design, merging the east and west. He adopted a different artistic expression by exploring the art with his personal style touch of traditional media and design element of eastern meet western culture.
Liu Xuan Qi’s works are exhibited and well-received in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and the United States. He received various awards, such as the 2012 Platinum Award from United Oversea Bank Painting, Singapore and was selected as the finalists in the Dr. Tan Tsze Chor Art Award, Singapore, for year 2012 and 2014.
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