|Liu Xiaodong, Unknown Pleasures, 2002, currently showing in 'China's Decade' at |
Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney
The artist, now one of the most significant and respected painters in China, teaches at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, where he himself studied. The day that I spent last year immersed in the First and Second Year painting classes at CAFA revealed the legacy of artists such as Liu, and the mastery of technique that is passed on to so many hopeful young art students in China. Like the best dancers or acrobats, they make what is incredibly difficult look easy. And, like dancers or acrobats, it takes years and years of constant and unremitting effort to acquire such a high level of technical mastery.
|Painting Class at Central Academy of Fine Arts, observed March 2011|
|Liu Xiaodong, 'Eating', shown in the 'Mahjong' exhibition of works from the Sigge collection at Berkeley Art Museum in California in 2009|