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DETAILS:
b.1979
​works and lives in Hangzhou, China

“Every time I create a work, I face the same problem: how to create a meaningful visual effect from a simple form, or how to distill the essence of life by making a complicated form. I expect my works to be simple and undecorated, but with beautiful and architectural forms, so the lines in my works almost unite my thoughts on creation, the complexity of lines, the speed, the length, the curvature, the intonation [...] the interweaving of lines and the ups and downs of thoughts”

Liu Langqing was born in Fujian, China in 1979 and currently lives and works in Hangzhou. He Graduated from China Academy of Art, where he received an MFA in Ceramics in 2007. Liu Langqing imbues his sculpture with a promethean “breath of life”. The organic essence of porcelain clay must be accounted for when molded in brief, intense moments of creation. The ceramicist, unlike sculptors of stone and metal, is not at tool’s length with the subject. Through the hands, body, and mind, energy flows to the artwork taking shape. Each sculpture is a vessel of the encounter between the artist’s interiority and the universal represented in nature. 

Based in Hangzhou, Langqing is rooted in the tradition of using porcelain to create art, exploring and experiencing “the non-self state as well as the spiritual freedom of the ancient Chinese literati”. The jagged pattern of a mountain peak, blades of grass bending to a breeze, or the rounded dip of a sand dune are all taken into the breadth of Langqing’s work. The simple or complex beauty of these natural subjects and the lines he draws from them correspond in each piece:

“Every time I create a work, I face the same problem: how to create a meaningful visual effect from a simple form, or how to distill the essence of life by making a complicated form. I expect my works to be simple and undecorated, but with beautiful and architectural forms, so the lines in my works almost unite my thoughts on creation, the complexity of lines, the speed, the length, the curvature, the intonation […] the interweaving of lines and the ups and downs of thoughts”

 

As Picasso gently pinched the neck of a dove, Bernini rolled an airy veil, or an abstract expressionist flung in flashes and bursts, Langqing transcribes lines and rhythms, conveying “the spontaneity and abstraction of life, which implies the relationship between human and nature”. 
 

Liu Langqing's works have been included in major institutions and museums such as the China National Pavilion, Shanghai Expo, Shanghai; Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou; China Academy of Art, Hangzhou; Cixi City Museum, Cixi; Jingdezhen Ceramic Museum, Jingdezhen; and Tang Yun Art Museum, Hangzhou.

Langqing Liu

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