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by Liu Zhen
25 October - 25 December 2016Liu Zhen (b. 1970) is an exciting young Shanghai-based artist who specializes in lacquer painting, often on a large scale in screens or triptychs. His mastery of this medium is taking one of the most ancient art forms in Chinese culture to an unprecedented level of modern aesthetic expression.
Born in Jiangsu Province in 1970, Liu Zhen was trained in traditional Chinese ink painting and oil painting at high school. Later, at the Central Academy of Art in Beijing, he studied mural art and began to focus on lacquer painting. Liu Zhen has travelled widely all over China, developing a love of natural landscapes and scenery. He also has a strong interest in ancient Chinese culture, in particular the surface texture of antique objects, old walls, and traditional Chinese seal carvings. These two sources of inspiration come together in his work.