Liu Ye


Sensitive paints between philosophy, fairy tale, and allusions to art history


ISBN: 9783775739221 Category:


It is no accident that the simplified paintings by Liu Ye (*1964) are reminiscent of cartoons and illustrations in children’s books: the artist’s father wrote books for children and possessed a box filled with Western, often prohibited classic children’s literature. The pictures in them influenced Liu Ye at an early age. After studying at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and the Berlin University of the Arts, the artist discovered his own distinct style, which plays with viewers’ visual expectations and catch them unawares with surprising pictorial compositions. His small-format paintings of Miffy the rabbit, the character created by Dick Bruna, are unmistakable, often painted against a dismal background that recalls the Old Masters or combined with elements borrowed from Piet Mondrian, as are his pastel compositions with innocent yet challenging female characters.This first catalogue raisonnĂ© featuring the sensitive works by Liu Ye provides an overview of his creative output from 1991 to 2015.

Additional information

Weight 2728 g
Dimensions 27.2 x 30.7 cm
Publisher name Hatje Cantz Verlag
Publication date 1 October 2015
Number of pages
Format Hardback
Contributors Text by Paul Moorhouse, Phil Tinari, and Zhu Zhu
Dimensions 27.2 x 30.7 cm
Weight 2728 g


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