Hung Liu – Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco


Rena Bransten Gallery

77 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA

+1 415 982 3292


Hung Liu

Born 1948 in Changchun, China

Hung Liu has consistently created bodies of work that are sweeping explorations of a historical event or era.  These overarching frames have included:  her childhood in China and her status as both emigrant and immigrant; the eclipse of the last emperor of China; the vastly complex impact of the Cultural Revolution; the first Chinese landowner in Idaho; small and tragic happenings on the battlefield.   The work is sometimes personal and sometimes epic, but always depicted in a way that tells a bit of the story of humanity.

In her newest series of paintings, Hung conflates two ideas  from her childhood:  memories of patronizing the small local library where she rented story and picture books for a few cents and re-interpretations of those stories, histories, and poems in the books she read.

Hung Liu, Fortune: Raider, 2012, oil on canvas, 48 x 59 ½ inches
Hung Liu, Fortune: Reader, 2012, oil on canvas, 48 x 59 ½ inches
Hung Liu, Happy and Gay: Boy and Kite, 2012, oil on canvas, 60 x 98 inches
Hung Liu, Happy and Gay: Star Family, 2012, oil on canvas, metal stars, 60 x 72 inches
Hung Liu, Red Book, 2012, oil on canvas, 66 x 78 inches