“I see the role of my art as narrating a story – often using traditional Chinese practice and thought and presenting these stories in a contemporary way – to an audience that may not have been taught to think in this manner or from this angle.” Liu Zhuoquan, Beijing, 2014
Best known for his installations of glass vessels, Beijing-based artist Liu Zhuoquan adapts the ancient nei hua (inside bottle painting) technique to comment on aspects of life in China today. Liu Zhuoquan’s practice includes both large and intimately scaled installations of painted glass vessels, oil painting, photography and video. The artist has described his studio as a scientific laboratory, referring not only to the visual similarity of his work to specimen jars and displays one might find in an anatomical museum, but also to the experimental nature of his work.
Liu Zhuoquan was born in Wuhan, Hubei Province. He now lives and works in Beijing. Liu Zhuoquan has become internationally known for his re working of the old Qing Dynasty art of “inside painting” or Nei Hua practiced mainly in snuff bottles and made for the imperial elite of China. His works often reflects the unexpected conditions in daily life in China and focus on the consumption issues in a rapidly changing society. He collects diverse kinds of discarded or recycled bottles to express his powerful comments in such a society. He has held numerous solo exhibitions, including Illuminer Niagara Galleries, Melbourne, Liu Zhuoquan @ D-space, Beijing and World of a Thousands Space Station, Beijing. His work has been collected by Today Art Museum, Beijing, and White Rabbit Museum Sydney and Liu Zhuoquan has been a featured artist at Art Stage, Singapore, Hong Kong Art Fair 11, Asia One section and the prestigious Sydney Biennale, All our Relations in 2012. He is held in many private collections across the globe.