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
52.9 x 42.9 cm image; 59.0 x 47.5 cm mount
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., in Chinese, ink "made and acknowledged by Lao Shu [ 老樹制並識 ]... early autumn of 2017 [ 丁酉秋初 ] ... recording the encountering and thoughts when traveling in Longshang region i.e. northern Shaanxi, Gansu and its west [記隴上行所遇所思]”.
Edward and Goldie Sternberg Chinese Art Purchase Fund and funds provided by Edwin WS Mok and Bing Wu 2018
Not on display
© Shuyong Liu
Shown in 1 exhibition
In one drop of water, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Jun 2019–Dec 2020