Born in 1974 in Beijing, China, Fang Fang Liu took her master degree in visual Islamic and traditional arts at the Prince’s Foundation 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 PFSTA, 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 Stands 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

Time Stands Still-Dragonfly, 2019
Watercolour & Silk 25 x 25 cm

Fang Fang Liu

After Song Dynasty Painting-Butterflies, 2019
Watercolour & Silk 25 x 25 cm

Fang Fang Liu

Portrait of Nature-Camellia and butterflies, 2019 
Watercolour & Silk 42 x 29 cm

Fang Fang Liu

Portrait of Nature-Peony, 2019 
Watercolour & Silk 29.5 x 26 cm

Fang Fang Liu

Portrait of Nature-Bird and Ladybird, 2019 
Watercolour & Paper 27 x 27 cm

Fang Fang Liu

Portrait of History-Pomegranate, 2019 
Watercolour & Paper 28 x 50 cm

Fang Fang Liu

Window-Hi, 2019
Watercolour & Silk 45 x 48 cm

Fang Fang Liu

Time Stands Still-Cinnabar Lotus, 2018
Watercolour & Silk 25 x 25 cm

Fang Fang Liu

After Song Dynasty Painting-Bird leaping on branch celebrating fruit, 2019
Watercolour & Silk 25 x 25 cm

Fang Fang Liu

Portrait of Nature-Daffodil and Grasshopper, 2019 
Watercolour & Silk  42 x 29 cm

Fang Fang Liu

Portrait of Nature-Golden Ripple, 2019 
Watercolour & Paper 27 x 21.5 cm

Fang Fang Liu

After Song Dynasty Painting-The bird couple, 2019 
Watercolour & Paper 25 x 28 cm

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