Epic of Darkness Andrew Lui

Year
2019
Medium
Acrylic and Ink on Rice Paper Mounted on Board
Size
38 × 70 inches
96.52 × 177.8 cm
Framed Size
39 × 71 inches
99.06 × 180.34 cm

Dynamic black and gray strokes of acrylic paint give the impression of galloping horses in this abstract painting by Andrew Lui. Lui continues to use the expressive and elegant movement of horses and their riders to interpret the human journey. "The reason I chose horses as part of the major subject matter is because they are 'carriers.' They represent the idea of what a man should be able to carry. I never rode on a horse, I never even owned a horse, I never even looked at a horse, as a matter of fact. And yet, I've been painting horses. People thought that I owned a stable of horses but it's not even true." -Andrew Lui Lui uses traditional Chinese materials-fragile rice paper and the fine black ink of calligraphers to add depth and detail to his work. Born in Guangzhou, China, Lui participated in the Chinese Cultural Revolution as a member of the Red Guard but escaped to Hong Kong in 1970. Making his way to Toronto, Lui studied at the Ontario College of Art before traveling to the UK, and Italy. In Florence, he was drawn to the dynamic Uccello's Battle of San Romano (c. 1456). Lui moved from China to Canada in 1972 and now lives in Montreal. He studied art in Italy, the UK and Canada from 1972 to 1975. His work is in private and corporate collections in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia.

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