Hung Liu – Father’s Arms


Artwork Description

Hung Liu – Father’s Arms

Dimensions: 35 x 27.75″
Year: 2016
Media: six-color lithograph
Edition: 25/40

Hung Liu – Father’s Arms is an image from Liu’s first body of work based upon American subject matter. Liu discovered Dorothea Lange’s Dust-Bowl era photography, and she immediately saw that Americans had experienced the same type of displacement and hardship as she had experienced in her native China during the rule of Chairman Mao and his Cultural Revolution. Though Father’s Arms is not an image based upon a Dorothea Lange photograph specifically, it is an image from that era of the 1930s in America, when times were tough and compassion became a human necessity. As Liu says, when asked why she began depicting American subjects instead of her usual Chinese subjects, “We can adopt each other’s children, so why can’t we adopt each other’s ancestors?”

Hung attended the Central Academy of Art in Beijing and waited seven years for the Chinese government to approve her passport to pursue her Master’s Degree in painting at U.C. San Diego. Since she arrived in the U.S., Hung’s works have been collected and exhibited by this nation’s top museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, National Gallery of Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Dallas Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Walker Art Center, National Museum of Women in the Art, and many more. She has created large scale paintings for the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing, as well as the Oakland International Airport and the San Francisco International Airport.

-Tonya Turner Carroll