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James Yeh-jau Liu

1910 Hunan Province, China
2003 Tiburon, California
National Art Institute of China
1910: Hunan Province, China
1949: Taiwan
1962-2003: California
Selected Works:
Landscape with boats, 1991. Ink on paper, 137x70cm.
Flock of Birds, 1995. Ink on paper, 8x36cm.
Year of the Mouse, Ink on paper, 54x44cm.
Black and White Plum Blossom, 2000. Ink on paper, 31x32.
Yuan-chung, Huang. A Memorial Exhibition of Liu Yeh-jau’s Art. Taipei: National Museum of History, 2005.
The Paintings of James Yeh-jau Liu. Self-published, in association with National Museum of History 1992 catalog.
Artist Biography:
James Yeh-Jau Liu was a master of Chinese watercolors. While fond of depicting landscapes, animals, and traditional flowers he distinguished him works through his bold brush strokes and use of color. His accomplishments include a college basketball career at the National Art Institute, service in the Chinese army—where he rose to the rank of colonel—and a position at San Francisco State University teaching Chinese Watercolor Technique. After his military career ended, Liu moved to Taiwan to teach art until he was forced to leave in 1962. He moved to America upon being offered his teaching position at San Francisco State. When he was forced to retire from teaching at the age of 65, he opened a studio in Tiburon, California called Han Syi Studio where he painted until he passed away. He once said, “I paint everyday. My last day is when I’m dead, that’s when I retire.”
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