Triumph Gallery | Press
Artist: Liu Fengzhi
Duration: Sep. 8th– Oct. 13th, 2019
Reception: 16:00，Sep. 8th, 2019
Venue: Triumph Gallery
Triumph Gallery is pleased to present the eponymous solo exhibition of Liu Fengzhi at the 798 Art District on September 8, 2019. A series of works from the 1990s to 2015 will be presented, including more than 50 works of portraits, still lifes and landscapes, constituting a review of Liu Fengzhi’s creative career.
Born in Harbin in 1964, Liu Fengzhi graduated from the Fine Arts Department of Harbin Normal University. His school days witnessed the inception of reform and opening up and the subsequent availability of Western modern art in China, of which post-Impressionism and expressionism had a great impact on Liu Fengzhi. After a period of imitation of the post-Impressionist style, Liu Fengzhi began to establish his unique approach in his works after 1995: his bold use of saturated colors is balanced under the
control of the black hue, which also allows he lines to stand out. His lines appear as outlines sometimes; other times they run independently, floating and moving on the image, as if it is a psychological trajectory of an emotion, forming a most vivid and expressive part of the painting. His dedication to the expressive style and individual temperament, his unrestrained writing-like brushstrokes, and his repeated motifs of his signature theme, complete with childish graffiti and willful imagination, have always impressed us.
Due to limited volume of the exhibition, Liu Fengzhi’s nearly three decades of art career may not be revealed to the full. However, his works will continually be presented by Triumph Gallery in the next few years through exhibitions of review and research, as a window for collectors and art lovers to get to know more about this distinctive artist.
About the artist
Liu Fengzhi was born in Harbin, China in 1964. He graduated from art department of Harbin Normal University in 1984, and he died in 2017. His works have been widely collected by collectors around the world. Whether it is landscape painting or portrait, Liu Fengzhi's works contain strong subjectivity and emotional features. With free and loose brushstrokes and lines, he pulls away the original volume of the object, especially with the help of lines that twists, turns, hovers, reciprocates, sways, and gathers, closely responding to the transient emotional changes. He further presents and delineates the subtle and unobservable mental process, in which, reaching a highly abstract state. Liu Fengzhi faces the real world with a heart full of passion and humanistic care. In the poetic dismantling and combination of the external world, it hints at his deep reflection on the living conditions of human beings.
His solo exhibitions include: "Liu Fengzhi" (Triumph Gallery, Beijing, China, 2019), “Liu Fengzhi’s Solo Art Exhibition” (Xun Art Gallery, Shanghai, China, 2012), "Dangerous Mood -- Liu Fengzhi Painting Exhibition", (Yanhuang Art Museum, Being, 2002), "Liu Fengzhi Oil Painting Exhibition" (Beijing, 1995), etc.