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
53.0 x 42.9 cm image; 63.4 x 46.8 cm mount
Signature & date
Signed and dated u.l., in Chinese, ink "Lao Shu wrote[ 老樹筆 ]... late spring of 2017 [ 丁酉暮春時 ] ... Got a boat at Xi County of Huizhou,going east along the Xin'an River, having this thought, painted this painting to record it [自徽州歙縣得扁舟一葉沿新安江東去有此一想造圖記之”.
Edward and Goldie Sternberg Chinese Art Purchase Fund and funds provided by Edwin WS Mok and Bing Wu 2018
© Shuyong Liu
Shown in 1 exhibition
In one drop of water, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Jun 2019–Dec 2020