Who is Hung Liu?

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.

Websites:

http://www.oaklandairport.com/tex/public_art.shtml

http://www.kelliu.com/

http://www.nancyhoffmangallery.com/liu/2003.html

http://www.renabranstengallery.com/liu.html

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