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"The flower as the background"
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FACE TO FACE
Liu Gang’s personality is, like his paintings, as simple and clean as natural simplicity.
 
His works are often thick and full of rich colors, sometimes fresh and elegant, but never muddy or affected. Might be inspired by this spring, Liu Gang feels a great urge to capture the images of Chinese traditional furniture and flowers in his recent works. In these works, we do not know whether the entire table is the subject of painting, or if the flower is only part of the background. We only know that there is no way to take the impressive flowers away from the table anyway.
 
The flower as the background can be regarded as the expression of an attitude and interpretation of the host’s living style. In fact, the strong theme we face is the old table.
Yes, we couldn’t calculate how many old friends would ever sit face to face around the table, and couldn’t figure out how much memory it has carried of the warmth and fragrance of home.
 
Liu Gang is hospitable and loves his home. For Chinese people, the warmest memories about home happen around table. The surface of the table is painted completely in a birds’- eye view. It is taking the main parts of the painting. Liu Gang uses the colors in a special way. The intense and thick color retells the wood texture and the mottled flakes sharpen the traces of the past years. The color simply emphasizes the years, and you can feel the warmth of our real life. Even if the painting is full of cold color, you will not feel a trace of chill there but be touched by “awaiting tranquility ". Liu Gang tries to drastically eliminate the complicated parts, using anti- perspective and the constitutional relationship to create the pristine sentiment in his mind.
 
The randomly placed small objects and free blooming flowers remind us that the table is not a simple ornament in life. It is the way of life we face every day and an indispensible symbol of culture exuding a rich and civilized atmosphere.
 
Face to face, we appreciate the flower as the background. . . .
 
Well, we invite you to be here.
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Yiyi
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                       2010-04-18 SAHNGHAI
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