In her experiments with abstract painting, Hui Lin Liu is always in the process of discovering new ways to paint. Initially, she began to pour and mix various types of paints and resins onto canvas, wood panel, and glass. In the late 1990s, Liu discovered that certain combinations of paints mixed together would manifest the most complex and intricate patterns and textures — ones that would be impossible to paint by hand. These surprising designs arose and morphed in the process of drying, having a very organic and earthy quality than can appear to be both microscopic and macroscopic views reminiscent of multicoloured cells and gaseous nebulae.
Liu implemented a unique combination of spontaneity and control. By pouring her paints, she allowed a certain amount of the painting to paint itself — the different media react with one another in unpredictable ways, giving chance a prominent role in the creative process.
After a series of large celestial landscapes, Liu began pouring paints on glass lightboxes, and more recently, Liu began to create collage paintings. This latter series began these after several of her glass lightboxes broke during shipping. Not wanting to throw the pieces out, Liu began to reassemble the painted fragments into new works, thus beginning this period of assemblage. She began to create uniquely thick, rubbery paintings which are then cut and reassembled into new collage compositions.
Liu mounted semi-transparent collage paintings onto LED backlit frames. She constructed fluid sea forms and oceanic creatures, blending these with more terriestrial elements. These paintings are dimmable pieces that reveal different colours, details, and patterns of the work depending on the amount of illumination. They also have a unique look without any backlighting at all.
In her most recent work, Liu creates delightfully layered artwork by making inkjet prints of her original collage paintings. She then uses these as templates for new paintings as she paints new textures and patterns on top of these prints. Magically intricate designs are made using toothpicks and tiny acrylic paint-based dots, which give a lot of new movement and detail to the original works.
This new aspect of repeated transformation is part of Liu's ongoing evolution as an artist. She remains deeply inspired by natural elements, creatures from the deep seas, as well as terrestrial landscapes and outerspace.
She continues to seek sharing her sense of wonder about this amazing world, and mysterious other worlds through her vibrant, colourful and joyful work.
Hui Lin Liu was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and immigrated to Canada with her family in 1970, settling in Guelph, Ontario. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Literature fron the National Taiwan Normal University, and studied Fine Art at the University of Guelph majoring in oil painting. In her early years, Liu's work focused on Eastern landscape painting, and over the years, her style gradually became more symbolic.
For the past couple decades, Liu has explored the world of abstraction, but continues to be inspired by elements from the natural world. She has exhibited in Ontario and British Columbia. Hui Lin Liu lives and works in Richmond, British Columbia.