Liu Maoshan is an accomplished Chinese landscape artist who also has a firm understanding of Western art movements, especially Impressionism. He excels particularly in atmospheric landscapes of his native Jiangnan province, using liquid brush strokes and pale, translucent colours to evoke the beautiful watery environment of lakes, fields, ancient villages and waterways. Subtle ink washes employed to create mountains and skies provide the background for fine line work on trees in blossom, fishing boats, birds and the characteristic black and white houses of the region.
Liu Maoshan was born in Suzhou in 1942 and graduated from the Suzhou Institute of Arts and Crafts in 1962. He is a member of the Chinese Artists Association and Vice-President of the Suzhou Academy of Chinese Painting. In recent years he has visited Japan, Britain, America and Hong Kong, holding solo exhibitions and participating in cultural exchanges. His works are in permanent collections in museums and galleries in China and abroad.
Whether he is depicting small craft drifting in the spring rain, smoke rising from village houses in the twilight, or a flock of geese against an autumn sky, the mood is tranquil and serene. His painting style seems natural and effortless, combining the craftsmanship of traditional Chinese landscape painting with Western elements to create his own idiom. Liu Mao Shan is an intellectual artist whose love of literature and classical music have helped to form his unique aesthetic - a worthy exponent of the area traditionally regarded as the cradle of Chinese art and culture.
|1942||Born in Suzhou, China|
|1962||Graduated from the Suzhou Institute of Arts and Crafts|
Visited Japan, Britain, USA and Hong Kong, holding solo exhibitions
and participating in cultural exchanges
Member of the Chinese Artists Association
Vice-President of the Suzhou Academy of Chinese Painting
Liu Maoshan’s works are collected by museums and galleries in China and overseas.