PAINTINGS BY SHIRLEY LU
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ABOUT THE SERIES:
IS IT EVIL OR IS IT A WOUNDED SOUL?
I love painting portraits; they fascinate me.

I am drawn to the portrait's unpredictable power to evoke an emotional response. By adding the texture of paint, composition of layout and dramatic contrast of color, the content can be narrative, symbolic or visual.

Creating this series of portrait paintings with this combination of visual tension was an emotional experience. As a female artist, I am trying to show the power of women to acquire what they want. A woman can use something as simple as expressive look to convey mystery, wonder, or desire. But where does this inherent power come from? It comes from our heartfelt experiences, the pain and sorrow and tears of sadness we shed.

The color combination and contrast of light and dark can be interpreted as the many emotional stages of a woman's growth. Her softness may represent the vulnerability she feels on a daily basis. The compelling image of these paintings that draws the viewer's eye to the art itself and back to their own experiences, to complete the meaning of the piece for themselves.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

EDUCATION
BFA in Illustration, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Oil, Watercolor and Acrylic Painting
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Illustration In Interior Design Presentation
Illustration for Dinnerware Patterns
Graphic Design Interior Design


EXHIBITIONS:

Group Exhibition
Agora Gallery - New York City, NY
June 2006
www.agora-gallery.com


Annual Art Auction & Exhibition
Shore Institute of Contemporary Art - Long Branch, NJ
November 2004
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18th Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition
Art Alliance of Monmouth County - Red Bank, NJ

November 2004

First Annual International Juried Exhibition
Shore Institute of Contemporary Art - Long Branch, NJ
October 2004
http://www.sica.org/


Honorable Mention - 17th Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition
Art Alliance of Monmouth County - Red Bank, NJ
November 2003


Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce First Annual Scholarship Fund
Art Show and Sale, Mountain Lakes Club, Mountain Lakes, NJ
2002



The Wilson School Annual Art Exhibition, Mountain Lakes, NJ



Artist Market Place Gallery, San Diego California

 

 
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