This is an elegant etching in grays and black on heavy white paper (or possibly could be considered an aquatint with etching I believe), the sheet measuring 29 1/2 " by 21 1/2", in a narrow modern simple frame, crisply pencil signed by the artist, with a Chinese symbol resembling a traditional artist's stamp at lower right (possibly for the word "Ping") and numbered 41/110 at lower left, and titled "Life" in English and presumably Chinese, at lower left center. This is a work of the year 1970 when the artist was only 34 years old. XIUPING LIAO (or spelled SHIOU-PING LIAO) was born in Taiwan and studied at the University of Taiwan before moving on for further training in the graphic arts, to Tokyo and Paris, where he came under the influence of major British printmaker Stanley Hayter in the late 1960's. In 1970 the artist was in New York, before heading back to Taiwan in the early 70's, becoming a visiting professor at National Taiwan Normal University. Liao spent considerable time in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Taipei during these years, refining his skills and eventually teaching them to a new generation. The artist is considered to be a technically brilliant printmaker. Chinese symbols are woven into his work, the earlier works focusing on gates and doorways and their symbolic meanings, while later works often deal with still life object themes. Exhibitions have been held in major cities around the world and the artist's works were already included in museum collections while he was relatively young. Several oil paintings have sold at major auction and the artist is highly collectible, the graphic works offered by galleries specializing in fine prints. Liao is also an accomplished watercolorist. See the net for more information on the artist. Condition is exceptionally fresh, with no foxing nor moisture damage. There is some modest rippling of the paper. Allow for reflections in some images. This could possibly be shipped rolled in a tube. Email to discuss.
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