621 Presents

NEW NATURALISM – FIGURE PAINTINGS

An exhibition by Nan Liu

Soft Opening: February  5th
Event at 6:30 PM
Talk begins 7 PM

First Friday: February 7th 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Exhibition dates: February 5th – February 28th

Artist Statement:

In my recent work, I attempt to create a series of life-sized figurative paintings. My chosen
subjects are the students I walk amongst every day on the Florida A & M University campus.
Teaching at a historical black college, most of my students are African Americans. Surrounded
by them, I feel the restless energy and barely contained exuberance of youth. I try to capture the
moments that make up their lives on campus, especially the activities they use to fill the idle
minutes between classes. I am inspired by the effortless creativity and bold assertion of self these
young men and women demonstrate in the vivid colors and shapes of their clothing. Even the
variety of accessories they carry with them, like headphones, backpacks, and skateboards, serve
to communicate a simultaneous message of belonging and individualism. Sketches, photo
images, and visual memories are all my resources for creating.

For more information, visit their website: http://www.liunanart.com