If you have ever flown into the Oakland International Airport, you most likely have seen her work. Travelers experience a 160-foot glass window wall titled: “Gong Away, Coming Home” by Liu. It features translucent red-crowned cranes that bless travelers.
In 2004, I first encountered her work when asked to participate in the Hearts of San Francisco public art fundraiser. Upon completion, I decided to tour the city to see other participating hearts. Hung Liu’s heart was perched in front of the Asian Art Museum and unforgettable.
Hung Liu is 61 years old, a Changchun (China) born artist based in Oakland, California. Liu’s work normally features strong women depicting different roles. Examples include: Chinese prostitutes, female warriors, old and new memories around her Oakland home.
Her style is distinct due to the brushstrokes, washes, drips, colors and subject matter. She is a master painter and it shows. It was good to see her as Artnews Critic’s Pick in the February 2010 issue.
Currently her paintings sell from $48,000 to $88,000.