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.