Liu Kuosung


A native of Qingzhou, Shandong, Liu Guosong was born in Bangbu, Anhui, in 1932. Liu moved to Taiwan from mainland China in 1949. In 1956, Liu graduated from the Fine Arts Department of the National Taiwan Normal University, in which he studied both traditional brush-and-ink and western-style painting techniques.As one of the co-founders of the Taiwan’s Wuyue Huahui �����e�| (Fifth Moon Group) in 1957, Liu Kuo-sung sought a new approach to art, which was inspired by both traditional Chinese painting�Xespecially the monumental landscape painting style of the Northern Song period (960�V1126) and the xieyi �g�N style of the Southern Song period (1129�V1279)�Xas well as modern styles and techniques, such as Abstract Expressionism. Before turning to ink painting in 1961, Liu experimented with abstract oil painting. By the mid-1960s, Liu gradually developed his own personal pictorial formulae, in which he combines ink painting with collage and applies ink and color on special paper.
Inspired by the Apollo 8 space mission, Liu developed his space series in the late 1960s. In 1971, he moved to Hong Kong to teach at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he would remain for the next twenty years. From the 1970s onwards, Liu continued his artistic exploration, developing such intriguing techniques as shuituo ���� (water rubbing) and zimo �{�� (steeped ink). In 1981, he was invited by the Chinese Painting Research Institute to visit Beijing, a visit that was followed in 1983 by an exhibition at the National Art Museum of China and an extensive exhibition in 18 cities around the country. In 1992, he moved back to Taiwan and continued to teach at the Donghai University in Taichung. In 1996, he was appointed head of the Fine Arts Research Institute at the Tainan National University of the Arts, where he worked until his retirement in 1999.
Since his retirement, Liu has traveled and exhibited extensively in China. As an artist and an art educator, Liu Kuo-sung enjoys widespread fame and influence in China. He inspires young generations of Chinese artists to explore new creative directions, and in particular, he fosters the emergence of exciting experiments and innovations in ink painting.


Tibet Series, No.67–Glacier

The Autumn Landscape

Tibet Series: Early Spring in Snowcap Mountain

Tibet Series: The Secluded Area of Mountain Tops

Tibet Series: The Peak Surrounded by the Mountains

Jiuzhaigou Valley series: Midsummer Morning in Panda Lake

Jiuzhaigou Valley Series: Green Water of Long Lake Melting into the Sky

Jiuzhaigou Valley Series: The Richness of Spring at Woulong Sea


Space Series: The Red Sun Rising From Five Flower Pond

Space Series: Water-Moon Wonderland

Blue Moon

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