“I see the role of my art as narrating a story – often using traditional Chinese practice and thought and presenting these stories in a contemporary way – to an audience that may not have been taught to think in this manner or from this angle.” Liu Zhuoquan, Beijing, 2014
Best known for his installations of glass vessels, Beijing-based artist Liu Zhuoquan adapts the ancient nei hua (inside bottle painting) technique to comment on aspects of life in China today. Liu Zhuoquan’s practice includes both large and intimately scaled installations of painted glass vessels, oil painting, photography and video. The artist has described his studio as a scientific laboratory, referring not only to the visual similarity of his work to specimen jars and displays one might find in an anatomical museum, but also to the experimental nature of his work.
Liu Zhuoquan was born in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. His work has been exhibited in galleries throughout China, as well as France and Australia. Most recently, his installation of 1780 painted bottles was featured in the 18th Biennale of Sydney. His work is included in a number of significant international collections including Uli Sigg Collection, Switzerland and Hong Kong, White Rabbit, Sydney, Ten Cubed, Melbourne and Today Art Museum, Beijing. He currently lives and works in Beijing, China.
Chang’an avenue, 2013
cast iron lamp stand, explosion-proof light globes, wire, mineral colour