Liu Wei (don't use) - Contemporary Art London Thursday, June 21, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Berlin

  • Catalogue Essay

    Like an allegorical communion of art and nature, Liu Wei’s works are imbued with the artist’s projections of beauty, sexual fantasies, as well as his conscious acceptance of the inescapable cycle of existence. By continuously transforming his subjects, Liu Wei gives birth to monstrous biological hybrids, in which elements of the animal, mineral, and plant kingdoms are metamorphosed into shapeless masses teeming with frantic impulses—silmultaneously procreative and destructive. With their irreverent, but also poetic and contemplative character, Liu Wei’s paintings reveal not only the fusion of the outward forms but also a spiritual unity between the artist and his subjects. He says: “People, animals, landscapes are all the same; they all have a soul; that’s why I melt them together in my paintings.” (N. Colonello, Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection, Ostfildern, 2004, p. 314).


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Oil on canvas.
12 1/4 x 16 in. (31.1 x 40.6 cm).
Signed and dated "Liu Wei [in Chinese and English] 1996" lower right.

£20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for £45,600

Contemporary Art

22 June 2007, 4pm & 5pm