LIU Guosong (LIU Kuo-sung) (1932 - )

Born in Anhui, Liu is originally a native of Qingzhou, Shandong. He moved to Taiwan in 1949 and graduated from the Taiwan Normal University in 1956. He founded the “Fifth Moon Art Group” in Taiwan and then co-founded the “Hong Kong Modern Ink Painting Association” with his students after he came to Hong Kong. He served as the Head of the Department of Fine Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (1971 – 92), Visiting Professor at the University of Iowa and Staut State University in Wisconsin, USA, Dean of Graduate School of Plastic Art, National Tainan College of Art, etc. In 1992, he moved back to Taiwan.

Liu won various awards, including “Ten Outstanding Young Men Award” (1968) and “Golden Accomplishment Award” from the Museum of History, Taipei (1996), and “National Award for Arts” (2008), etc. His works have been extensively exhibited in various exhibitions in Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, USA and overseas, including “Paintings of Liu Guosong” (National Museum of Fine Arts, Beijing, 1983), “The Universe of the Mind: A Retrospective of Liu Guosong at 70” (National Museum of China, 2002), “Liu Guosong – A Universe of His Own” (Hong Kong Museum of Art, 2004), “Heart of the Universe: A Retrospective of Liu Guosong, Jiazi” (Palace Museum, Beijing, 2007), “Art Exhibition by Liu Kuosung – A 80-year Retrospective” (National Art Museum of China, Beijing, 2011), “Renovation/Renaissance – The Art of Liu Kuosung” (National Museum of History, Taiwan, 2015) and others. His works are collected by various major museums, public and private institutions as well as private collectors in Hong Kong, China, USA and world-wide.

Liu is a prolific master who excels in painting landscapes and scenery. He has created a unique series of paintings of the universe depicting constellations in the cosmos. He is fond of travelling and the scenery of places in China, such as Tibet and Zhangjiajie (Hunan) are his favorite subjects. He is a pioneer and champion of modern ink painting and he has explored various new techniques such as torn paper textures, collage, ink and color dabbling, ink rubbing, ink and color wash and ink and color spray. His free and vigorous brush work and brilliant color schemes give rise to uninhibited artistic imagery. He has reached new horizons with his ink painting and is internationally acclaimed for his distinguished accomplishments.

Moon's Metamorphosis No.28
Dated 1970
Scroll, mounted for framing, ink and colour on paper
90.5 x 90.5 cm
With signature and one seal of artist

A Moon for All Seasons
Dated 1971
Set of five scrolls, mounted for framing,
ink and colour on paper
Each 46.5 x 46.5 cm
With signature and one seal of artist

Exhibited and published:
Paintings by Liu Kuo-sung,
Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan, 1990, pl 103