In Liu Yujun’s painting series entitled Unknown Liquid, most of the canvas is dominated by images of women combining the temperament of traditional Chinese women and the character of modern Chinese urban women.
More specifically, Liu Yujun has created a series of unique images of ‘beautiful women’ by enlarging and changing the forms in an invisible manner and by expanding and synthesising in two opposite directions. In the first direction he focuses on the image of imperial palace maidens, the traditional Chinese beauties. In this respect Liu Yujun adopted some characteristic features, such as the slanting eyes with single eyelids and the traditional hairstyles from ancient Chinese paintings of imperial palace maidens, to emphasise the characteristics of Chinese women.
In the opposite direction Liu Yujun specifically focused on the coldly elegant features of modern urban women, such as the cold and indifferent eyes, the heavily made-up lips, the smooth and shining skin, the slightly opened and seductive mouth and the characteristic postures and expressions. Liu Yujun ingeniously integrates the most traditional and most modern aesthetic elements, two completely opposite aspects, into the images of ‘beautiful women’ in his paintings.
This is clearly related to his deep insight in and exact representation of both the gender characteristics and the cultural nature of images of Chinese women. From the perspective of artistic expression Liu Yujun again combines the oldest artistic methods with the most popular forms of expression from modern times in his series Unknown Liquid.
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