Between Self and Object: The Waterfall Art of Liu Baomin

And now for something completely different …

Artist Liu Baomin lives and works in Beijing, China. He is known for painting unique large scale portraits in which his subjects are depicted in an abstracted way, looking as if they are being seen through a sheet of water or rain. Baomin’s oil paintings, which take months to complete, and are filled with complex lines and forms that are rendered in a hyperrealistic way. The vivid color palette and the distortion of the figure by the water adds a unique complexity to this contemporary painter’s visual vocabulary.What he depicts in his work is an intermediate layer between self and object, an element similar to the visual iconic medium of frosted glass.

His art concerns the future of China through different artistic languages, from surrealism to realism and semi-abstract techniques. The characters of his paintings look at us through a distorted lens, expressing a sense of loss and confusion in a world lacking from spiritual values where everything goes too fast.

“What I want to express is the alienation experienced by people after stepping into a commercialized society. Human relationships are experienced according to the value that separate people from themselves” says Liu Baomin.

Ladies and gentlemen, here is a gallery of his work.

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23 Responses to Between Self and Object: The Waterfall Art of Liu Baomin

  1. ledrakenoir says:

    Never seen Liu Baomin works before – I really like them, amazing… 😉

    Thanks for sharing… 🙂

  2. Pat Bailey says:

    Very interesting and emotionally expressive. His technique is a powerful way to express what he is trying to portray. Thanks for sharing Liu Baomin’s work with us.

  3. Antonio De Simone says:

    Very beautiful!!!

  4. How very touching! The alienation cannot quite contain or exclude the obvious reaction of the people on the far side of the glass to it. They obviously know something is wrong, at least those who are looking through the “glass.”

  5. petit4chocolatier says:

    Beautiful! I love them all; especially “Youth”!

    • I’m so happy people are appreciating the work of this really talented artist! His work is really interesting. I found myself just staring at a lot of them, kind of transfixed. I find his self-portrait series to be somewhat haunting, the detached look in his eyes…

  6. adinparadise says:

    Very interesting works, Stephen. The “Miner’ one is very moving.

  7. viveka says:

    What a thing .. thanks for sharing – this is magical – stunning … my favorites are “Youth” and “Enfants de la Montagne” – I’m stunned.

  8. Madhu says:

    Wonderful! And evocative of their struggle with conflicting ideologues!
    Thanks Stepehen. Wish I had an opportunity to see his work in person.

  9. Suzanne says:

    Wow. What amazing paintings.

  10. Amy says:

    Beautiful, yet you can almost sense a story behind his work. Thanks, Stephen!

  11. Mike says:

    Very cool paintings. I am a fan. I especially like ‘a miner’ and ‘a lady’

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