Born in 1974 in Beijing, China, Fang Fang Liu took her master degree in visual Islamic and traditional arts at the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts London (2016- 2018). She was awarded the Ciclitira Prize for her final degree show in 2018. Thereafter she went back to China to work as assistant tutor at the PSTA China Centre launched in 2018 in Suzhou, China. Before studying at the PSTA, Fang Fang learned oil painting at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts between 2010 and 2011. She also worked as assistant curator for Pingyao International Photography Festival and other related projects, and as a painting tutor and jewelery maker before 2003.

As a continuation of her degree show at the PSTA, Fang explored in greater depth Chinese Gongbi Painting, which will be demonstrated in her new works at START 2019. Gongbi is one of the oldest Chinese painting techniques, depicting narrative subjects with detailed brushstrokes. Primarily a “brush-and-ink” genre of painting, Gongbi maintains the quintessential Chinese identity while vividly reflecting contemporary life. Fang has studied Gongbi Painting since 2013. In 2018, she studied with her tutor Donghua Zhang from the China Central Academy of Art, who conducts systematic practice on traditional painting technique and methodology.

In her “Window” series, western elements like souvenirs or toys are placed in a Chinese study space and met with various small animals in various time frames from spring to winter. These souvenirs and toys came from London where Fang studied and lived for two years. They symbolize the British culture by different implications. Bearing beautiful memories of a past life in London, they came to China and settled in the new environment. The small animals represent Chinese individuals who respond differently to the exotic culture - some curious, some scared, and some ignorant. The works therefore explore the conflict among different cultures. Fang believes that the Chinese culture is tolerant, generous, and willing to learn from others.

The “Time is Still” and “Portrait of Nature” series demonstrate Fang’s exploration of traditional Chinese painting techniques for composition and colour and various concepts such as “less is more”, “deficiency and excess”, “Yin and Yang”, “dynamic and static”, etc. 

Fang Fang Liu

Cherry-apple blossom in wind, 2017 
Xuan paper and water colour

Fang Fang Liu

Flora is drunk, 2018
Xuan paper and water colour

Fang Fang Liu

practise of apple leaves, 2018
Xuan paper and water colour

Fang Fang Liu

Cherry-apple blossom, 2018
Xuan paper and water colour

Fang Fang Liu

Butterflies, 2018
Xuan paper and water colour

Fang Fang Liu

Butterflies and moth, 2018
Xuan paper and water colour

Fang Fang Liu

Painted silk fans, 2017-2018
Silk fans and water colour

Fang Fang Liu

Bird leaping on the branch celebrating the fruits, 2018
Xuan paper and water colour

Fang Fang Liu

Flower in the night, 2018
Xuan paper and water colour

Fang Fang Liu

Orchid, 2018
Xuan paper and water colour

Fang Fang Liu

Dragonfly, 2018
Xuan paper and water colour

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