Mother waits for my return
Liu Shuyong, known also as Lao Shu, is a much-admired photographer and painter as well as a prolific writer and influential scholar. His paintings carry a sense of the absurd in our modern lives of endless activity and pursuit of material things. It is a humour carried through engaging images that draw on Chinese heritage. The characters in his paintings express emotions from agony to ecstasy and the poems accompanying them are often irreverent.
ink and watercolour on paper
52.7 x 44.0 cm image; 63.0 x 47.5 cm mount
Signature & date
Signed and dated u.l., in Chinese, ink "Lao Shu [ 老樹 ]... early autumn of 2017 [ 丁酉初秋 ] ... can't sleep, paint this painting to record it [夜不能寐制畫記之]”.
Edward and Goldie Sternberg Chinese Art Purchase Fund and private funds 2018
© Shuyong Liu