Bluebirds on Newspaper Black and Blue Ink painted on Asbury Park Sunday Press
22 x 17 Horizontal
November 17, 1974
My grandfather painted on anything he could get his hands on. Money was tight but he wanted to keep painting. So we have paintings and sketches on newspaper, calendar pages and scrap paper.
Chinese Art Deco Vase displayed at the Paris Expo 1925.
Example of Liu’s Art Deco Design.
Location of artwork unknown.
We have a photo in one of our albums. It was also published in an article by Professor Craig Clunas about the Expo itself entitled, “Chinese Art and Chinese Artists in France (1924-1925)
“Tang Dynasty Architecture” Oil Painting on Canvas with Handmade Wooden Frame.
Illustrates a pixelated style of painting different than Liu’s other oils or porcelain paintings.
23 x 29 Vertical
Liu wrote an article about the history of architectural design and he mentions the Tang Dynasty in his study. The article is in Chinese but I will upload it on the site in the near future.
“Migration” Oil Painting on Canvas Handmade Wooden Frame (Signed in English and Chinese)
29 x 25 Horizontal
Charles Mason, curator of the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, CA viewed part of our collection and observed that this oil painting employs a scraping technique that achieves the flow and lightness of Asian Watercolors using the western medium. Charles noted that the only other examples he’s seen this technique employed were by 2 other Chinese artists who were also in Paris with Liu. This technique was employed by all 3 men later on, in different places in the world. We don’t think they were in communication with each other at the time this was painted.
“Bridge Waterfall” – Mountain Village with Waterfall.
Chinese Watercolor on Rice Paper. Silk Border on Pressboard with Handmade Wooden Frame.
21 x 29 Vertical
This is one of the earlier paintings in our possession pre-dating his journey to America. We don’t know whether he brought the painting with him and framed it later or if someone sent to him once he was settled.