Born in China’s north-east Liaoning province, Liu Baojun has become a rising star in mainland China’s contemporary art scene. Liu Baojun’s work typically features portraits of Chinese women. But if you are imagining “petite” women striking delicate, ladylike poses then you would be very mistaken. The women in these images anything but “petite” and ladylike; rather they appear beautifully provocative as they lounge across the canvas. In a society where smoking has been traditionally a non-female activity, many of the women in Liu Baojun’s works seem to be very much enjoying a quiet smoke. The artist gently challenges our perceptions of Chinese women and addresses traditional verses modern ideals.
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