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The Art of Li-lan

A World Achieved

By (author) Carter Ratcliff
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Hudson Hills Press Inc.,U.S., New York, United States
Published: 1st Mar 2013
Dimensions: w 300mm h 270mm d 18mm
Weight: 1610g
ISBN-10: 1555953816
ISBN-13: 9781555953812
Barcode No: 9781555953812
Synopsis
Painting in oil on linen, and pastel and watercolour on handmade paper, artist Li-lan portrays birds and airplanes in flight, insects and animals, the occasional figure, and architectural imagery from places she has visited as well as those only seen in photographs. Her oeuvre began in the early 1960s and was comprised of still lifes and bright, detailed, and full figures. Over the years she has found her domain, transitioning through various subjects, while staying true to her independent spirit. Li-lan's detailed and imaginative subjects provide thought-provoking compositions. Author and art critic Carter Ratcliff summarises his prologue with these beckoning comments: 'There is no one right way to understand Li-lan's art. It is up to each of us to find interpretations that feel satisfactory. The richer my interpretation of Li-lan's art, the stronger is my sense of myself as an interpreter, as one sensibility communicating with another...It depends, rather, on my willingness to be open to the extraordinary potential of Li-lan's imagery.'

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Ratcliff describes Li-lan's creative odyssey clearly and simply, with a minimum of jargon. Her recent work is small-scale and representational, marked by clarity and attention to detail and by a sense of unbounded space.--Martha Smith, Elmira College Library "Library Journal, July 2014 "