Artist Statement

My work is inspired by nature and finding parallels with the human condition. I was captivated by the way mature lotus leaves wither and fold, in stark contrast with the vibrant new blossoms that rise from their watery habitat. In my recent works, rather than portraying idealized images of beauty and perfection, I strive to capture the beauty of imperfection. The dried, wrinkled leaves are not a reminder of our lost youth, but a celebration of beauty in all stages of life. It is by accepting our imperfections that we can achieve a state of serenity in living.

Artist Bio

Lucy Liew is a Malaysian-American artist who studied at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore. Upon graduation she was awarded a Commonwealth Foundation fellowship to study at West Surrey College of Art & Design in England. In 1996, she moved to California, where she continued to develop an artistic style characterized by vivid botanical compositions that are a fusion of the real and the fantastic. Lucy’s artworks are in the collections of the UCSF Medical Center, National Art Gallery, the Patronas, the personal collection of King Halim of Malaysia, and many private collections worldwide. She has had solo and group exhibitions throughout the Bay Area, including Stanford University, the Triton Museum of Art, and San Jose Museum of Art. Her public art includes commissions by the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Valley Children’s Hospital of Madera, and the City of San Jose. Lucy currently resides in Santa Rosa, California where she is part of the vibrant Fulton Crossing art community in Santa Rosa and the Alameda Art Works community in San Jose.

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SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITION

2016   Fulton Crossing, Curated by Karen Finkle,Santa Rosa, Invitational 2014   Firehouse Art Center, Curated by Julie Finegan, Invitational 2013   Integrated Research in Social Studies, "Floral Fantasy", Curated by DeWitt Cheng, Invitational 2010   Soula Power Yoga, "Floral Fantasy", San Jose, California 2008   Art Ark Gallery, San Jose, California 2007   Avalon Yoga & Art Center, Palo Alto, California 2004   California State Automobile Association, "Mysterious Borneo", San Francisco, California 2003   Pebble Beach 2003, Pebble Beach, California 2000  Malaysian Industrial Development Authority, San Jose, California 1999        KBM Workspace, San Jose, California 1998        Casa de la Vista - Treasure Island, "Inspiration of Borneo", San Francisco, California 1997        Galeri M, "Inspiration of Borneo-Hornbill & Dragon", Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia 1996        Fairmont-Club One at Nob Hill, San Francisco, California 1993        Sarawak Steamship Gallery, "The Mystery of Sarawak", Kuching Waterfront, Sarawak, Malaysia 1992        Shenn Gallery, "The Spirit of Sarawak", Singapore 1990        Commonwealth Institute Art Gallery, "Homage to Women", London, England  

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016   Triton Museum of Art, "Salon at Triton", Juried by Charlotte Eyerman, Executive Director of the Monterey Museum of Art Firehouse Art Center, "Transformation": 25 Years of Asian American Women Artists exhibition 2015   Triton Museum of Art, "Statewide Art Competition", Juried by Preston Metcalf, Maria Hernandez and Stephanie Learmonth 2014   Artik Art Gallery, "20 Years of Art", San Jose, Invitational, Curated by Kathryn Funk 2013   Triton Museum of Art, "Statewide Art Competition", Juried by Preston Metcalf, Maria Hernandez and Stephanie Learmonth The Galleria, "Borneo Exotic", Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia UCSF Women Health’s Center, "Serenity: Invitational". Curated by Matt McKinley 2012   Stanford Art Spaces, "Floral Fantasies", Palo Alto, California. Curated by Marilyn Grossman. Invitational Gallery House, "Go Figure", Palo Alto, California            Artik Art Gallery, Artik Art & Architecture, San Jose, Invitational, Curated by Kathryn Funk            Gina MW Gallery, "Dreams & Ideals In Three Parts", Long Beach, California            Thoreau Center of Sustainability Gallery, "Hungry Ghost", Curated by Lisa Chiu, San Francisco Triton Museum of Art, "Let’s Catch a Wave at the Triton", Gala Art Review April 14 -28, Invitational CK gallery, "Spiritual Journeys", Curated by Charlotte Kubiak, Oakland CK gallery, "A Sense of Place", Curated by Charlotte Kubiak, Oakland 2011   Berkeley Arts Center Artist Annual, "SHINE", Berkeley CK gallery, "Exploring Passion", Curated by Charlotte Kubiak, Oakland Kaleid Gallery, "Hark", San Jose, California Gallery House, Featured monthly group show, Palo Alto Cesar Chavez Student Center Art Gallery at San Francisco State University, "Hybridity, Multiplicity, Heterogeneity", Invitational Artik Art Gallery, Artik Art & Architecture, San Jose, Invitational, Curated by Kathryn Funk Silicon Valley Asian Art Center,"Annual Member Summer show of the Chinese Arts Association of San Francisco", Santa Clara, CA. Seney-Stovall Chapel, "Renewal 2011", Athens, Georgia UCSF Women Health’s Center, "Serenity Summer 2011", Curated by Matt McKinley 2010   The Alameda Art Works, "Tenacity, Guts & Grace"- SWAN, San Jose San Jose City Hall Wing Galleria, "The Big Idea: Art on a Grand Scale", San Jose Silicon Valley Asian Art Center,"Annual Member show of the Chinese Arts Association of San Francisco", Santa Clara, CA. Kaleid Gallery, "Floral Fantasy", San Jose, California 2009   SOMArts Cutural Certer, "Control",SF, California, Juried by Guerilla Girls West            Pacific Art League, Figures & Faces, Palo Alto, Juried by George Rivera            Pacific Art League, AVOS Invitational show, Palo Alto            Almeden Valley Art & Wine, San Jose            Pacific Art League,"Birds & Bees, fur, feathers & Fins- animals real or imaginary", Palo Alto, Juried by Ruth Waters   Alameda Artworks,"Swan Day", San Jose, California, Curated by Sara Cole  San Jose Museum of Art, " A3 Benefit", San Jose, California 2008   Backwater Arts, "Self- Referential", San Jose, Curated by Sara Cole, Invitational Art Ark Gallery, "Martha Garden’s Art Festival", Curated by Valerie Raps, Invitational

2007   1212  Gallery, Burlingame, California, Curated by Dotti Cicion, Invitational

Kaleid Gallery, "Introspections", San Jose, California Works/ San Jose, "House Warming: Annual  Members’ showcase", San Jose, California Art Ark Gallery, "2 from the Ark", San Jose, California Art Ark Gallery, "Intersections", San Jose, California, Curated by Valerie Raps, Invitational

2006   San Jose Museum of Art, "Family Legacies-Group exhibition with Betty Saar Family", San Jose, California

           Works/ San Jose, " Flux: Annual Members’ showcase ", San Jose, California

Petronas National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia National Art Gallery "Holding Up the Sky ", Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2005   Works/ San Jose, " Fools: Annual Members’ showcase ", San Jose, California Gallery Blu, "Annual Valentine Gala ", Santa Clara, California 2004   Triton Museum of Art, "AV Art Fest", Santa Clara, California, Juried by George Rivera, Executive Director & Senior Curator Vorshan Gallery, Palo Alto, California. Stanford Art Space, "Reflections", Palo Alto, California. Curated by Marilyn Grossman. Invitational 2003        Silicon Valley Visual Arts 2003, San Jose, California 2002        Milpitas Community Museum, "Vietnamese & Chinese Art", Milpitas, California. Curated by Yollette Merritt 2001        Santa Clara Convention Center, "FSA Supplier Expo" 1ST Silicon, Santa Clara, California. Invitational 2000        Silicon Valley Visual Arts 2000, San Jose, California 1999        National Art Gallery, "Recent Acquisition 1998", Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Los Gatos Museum, "Los Gatos Art Association Annual Juried Show", Los Gatos, California 1998        San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, "Monotype Marathon IV", San Jose, California Wumen Art Gallery, "Malaysia Art Exhibition in China 1998", Suzouh, China.Curated by Tew Nai-Tong. Invitational 1997        Hunters Point Shipyard, "San Francisco Artist Open Studio Exhibition", San Francisco, California SOMArts Cutural Center, "Open Studios '97/ARTSPAN Exhibition", San Francisco, California Sarawak Museum, "The Kuching City Days Festival Art Exhibition 1997", Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia 1995        Nuovo Don Bosco Castle, "Vicoli Dell Arte", Torino, Italy. Curated by Aldo Fregado.Invitational 1994        Sarawak Museum, "Sarawak Style", Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. Invitational Petronas National Art Gallery, "Penetration of the Heart Through Art", Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Curated by Sharifah Fatimah 1994   Petronas National Art Gallery, "Legacy of Sarawak II", Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Invitational TG Gallery, "Women Inspired", Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. Curated by Lucy Liew 1993        Sarawak Museum, "The Sarawak Artist Society Annual Show", Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia Petronas National Art Gallery, "Malaysian Art", Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Invitational 1991        Civic Centre Art Gallery, "International Artweek 1991", Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia 1990        Singapore Art Museum, "Arte and Materia 1990", Singapore. Curated by Aldo Fregado.Invitational Essendine Art Gallery, "Artist in Residence", London, England 1989        Goethe Institute Art Gallery, "Initiatio", Singapore Midpoint Gallery, "Sign", Singapore 1988   Singapore Art Museum, "Singapore Contemporary Print Exhibition", Singapore Sarawak Museum, "Sarawak's 25th Independence Anniversary Art Exhibition", Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

PROJECT / COMMISSIONS

2014             Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Expansion, Palo Alto, California Valley Children’s Hospital, Madera, California 2005-2008    City of San Jose, “Joyce Ellington Branch Library”, San Jose, California 2003                          Pebble Beach 2003, “ Fern Cycles”,  KineticTextile Installation, Pebble Beach, California. Architecture Studio International Achiever Christian School, "Master Artist Series - Marc Chagall, Together we Celebrate" Children's group painting project - Project Art Director 2003             Church on the Hill, "Christmas Banner", Designing & Painting Achiever Christian School, "An Evening in Paris", Live Street Artist - School Fund Raising 2002                          Church on the Hill, "Cafe Java", San Jose, California, Art Director of Stage Set, Designing & Painting 2001             Achiever Christian School, "Masters Artist Series - Pual Klee, The many faces of children", Children's group painting, San Jose, California - Project Director, Artist 2000                          Church on the Hill, "A Christmas Carol", Stage Set Painting, San Jose, California 1999                          Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia. Galeri Citra 1998                          Hilton Hotel, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. Design East Associates Design Consultants 1997                          Fine Living Collection, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia 1995-1998    Malaysian Television Channel 2 , EveningNews Cast Background Painting 1995             Damai Lagoon Beach Resort, “The Presidential suite”, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. Interior Kinetics Design Consultants 1994             Sarawak Museum, Sarawak Style, Kuching, Malaysia. Design East Associates Design Consultants 1993                          Holiday Inn Damai Beach Hotel, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. Design East Associates Design Consultants 1992-1996               Forestelle Studio, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, Art Director &Textile Designer 1992                          Crown Prince Hotel, "Welcome to the Land of Hornbill", Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. Interior Kinetics Design Consultants  

PUBLIC & CORPORATE COLLECTIONS

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Expansion, Palo Alto, California Valley Children’s Hospital, Madera, California UCSF Family Medicine Center at Lakeshore, San Francisco, California AppSec Inc, San Jose, California Joyce Ellington Branch Library, San Jose, California Intest Silicon Valley Corporation, San Jose, California Malaysian Industrial Development Authority, San Jose, California Carmel Chemical, Morgan Hill, California Bank of America, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Commonwealth Foundation, London, England Sarawak Museum, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia Malaysian Liquid Natural Gas Corporation, Bintulu, Sarawak, Malaysia Mitsubishi Corporation, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Petronas National Oil Corporation, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Petronas National Oil Corporation, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia Petronas Garigali Oil Corporation, Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia Commerce International Merchant Bank, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Phileo Allied Bank, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Malayan Bank, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia Encorp Group Sdn. Bhd., Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia     PRIVATE & INDIVIDUAL COLLECTIONS Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Holland, England, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Denmark, Australia, U.S.A., Germany, Taiwan  

AWARDS & HONORS

2016   Featured Book Cover. Veil, Halos & Shackles: International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women

2009   Fine Arts Category. Almaden Valley Art & Wine Festival, San Jose, California

2005   Awarded Public Art Project. City of San Jose, “Joyce Ellington Branch Library”, California 2004   Award of Excellence in oil painting. AV Art FestTriton Museum of Art. Santa Clara, California. Juried by George Rivera, Executive           Director & Senior Curator of Triton Museum of Art; Catherine Politopoulos, Art Curator of Los Gatos Art Museum 2004   Pre-qualified Artist Pool. Public Art Program 2004 -2007. City of San Jose, California. Selected by San Jose Public Art Committee 1990        Artist in Residence. Essendine Art Center. London, England 1989  Fellowship. Commonwealth Foundation Fellowship in Arts and Crafts. London, England

LECTURES / PUBLIC- SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

2006    Panelist for the Pre- qualified Artist Pool, City of San Jose Public Art Program, California 2005    Lecture, The Rotary Club of San Jose East/Evergreen, The Fascinating story of Borneo: Land, people& Culture Panel Speaker, San Jose Public Art Workshop, City of San Jose, California. 2004    Lecture, California State Automobile Association & Asian Pacific Islander Connection, Mysterious Borneo, San Francisco

              Interview, A Positive Outlook, The Community Channel, San Jose, by Rosalee Huber

Lecture, Palo Alto Art Walk, Torrefazione Italia Café, Palo Alto 2003    Interview, A Positive Outlook, The Community Channel, San Jose, by Rosalee Huber 2003    Interview, Feminine Corner, Radio Television Malaysia, by Jennifer Lau 1997    Lecture, Sarawak Rotary Club,Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia 1991    Lecture, Sarawak Atelier Art Society, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2001-Present   Lucy Liew Art, Curriculum design & Art Instructor for Children, San Jose, California 2001-2007       Achiever Christian School, Curriculum design & Art Instructor for after school program, San Jose, California 2000-2001       Cindy Art Studio, Almaden, California 1992-1996       Forestelle Studio, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia 1992-1994                  Sarawak Atelier Art Society, Rumah Mesra, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia   EDUCATION 1990  West Surrey College of Art and Design, Surrey, England 1989        Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore  

PUBLICATIONS / CATALOGUES

2011            Visually Communicated Through the National Collections, National Art Gallery Malaysia, Annual Calendar, Malaysia 2003             Buncho, A Sarawakian Ensemble – Colours from the Land of Hornbills, Annual Calendar, Malaysia 1999             Asean Art 1999, Glory Arts, Malaysia January- March Bulletin, National Art Gallery, Malaysia 1998             Recent Acquisitions, National Art Gallery, Malaysia 1997-2000 The Official Kuching Guide, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia 1996             Petronas National Oil Corporation , Annual Invitational Calendar, Malaysia 1995             10th Anniversary Sarawak Artists’ Society, Kuching City North Council Art Gallery, Malaysia 1994             Legacy of Sarawak II, Petronas National Art Gallery, Malaysia Penetration of the Heart through Art, Petronas National Art Gallery, Malaysia South East Asia Development Corporation Berhad “Annual Report 1994”, Malaysia 1993             Mystery of Sarawak, MC Gallery, Malaysia                        Malaysian Art, Petronas National Art Gallery, Malaysia Talk of the Town, The Official Monthly Magazine of Hilton, August issue, Malaysia 1992             A.B Magazine, Shenn’s Gallery, July -September issue,Singapore                        The Borneo Post, Sin Hua Evening News, Annual Calendar, Malaysia 1990             Arte & Materia, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

SELECTED ARTICLES & REVIEWS

2011   San Jose Mercury News, “A day in my Urban Village” by Scott Herhold, November 3, Photograph & Article 2010   The Star, “Interior Attraction” by Ooi Kok Chuen, March 7, Photograph & Article 2004   Palo Alto Weekly, “Worth A Look”, First Friday Art Walk, September 10, Photograph Willow Glen Times, Willow Glen, Cambrian artists show work at Stanford, by Carol Rosen, May 2004, Photograph Willow Glen Resident, “The Influences of Borneo Culture inspire Lucy Liew”, by Barbara Talbert, May 5, Photograph & Article Cambrian Times, Willow Glen Cambrian artists show work at Stanford, by Carol Rosen, May 2004, Photograph & Article 2002        Malaysian Today, The Art of Lucy Liew, Centerfold Article, Sunday Edition, May 26, Photograph 1999        Sarawak Tribune, Outlook, April 10, Photographs, Article 1998  Willow Glen Resident, Willow Glen Meets Borneo in an international display of art, by Michelle Ku, June 17,Photographs, Article Willow Glen Times, Open Studio provide kaleidoscopic look at Willow Glen Artist, April 17, Photograph 1997   The Borneo Post,A  window into the art & mind of Lucy Liew”, by Tay Choon Mian, August 9, Saturday Edition, Photogaphs Sarawak Tribune, “Lucy Liew’s mystical beauty and power in her art”, August 2, Photograph, Article 1996   Borneo Travel News Magazine,The Art of Lucy Liew-Ryhthms of Order, March/April, Photographs, Article 1995   Sarawak Tribune, “Promotion of art can enrich one’s cultural life”, by Magdelene Rogers, November 4, Photograph News Straits Times, Life and Times, “Showcase of Sarawak Art”, by Tan Chin Siang, October 31, Article The Borneo Post, “That Unique Sarawakian Brushstroke”, by Tay Choon Mian, Sunday Extra, November 19, Photographs, Article 1994        Sunday Tribune, Panorama, “Profile of Lucy Liew-Evolution of an artist and her work”, by Claudia Cioli, December 18, Photograph Borneo Post, “First ever all women art exhibition”, May 13, Photograph, Article The Sarawak Tribune, “Lucy Liew: Western influence, eastern values”, by Magdelene Rogers, February 21, Photograph, Article 1993        New Straits Times, “Sarawak artist’s works reflect her growing maturity”, by Magdelene Rogers, October 26, Photographs, Article 1992        The Straits Times, “Color me Sarawak, The Spirit of Sarawak– Land of the Hornbill”, Life section, by Susie Wong , August 31 Business Times, “A Western approach to Eastern roots”, by Susan Tsang, Weekend edition, September 5-6, Photograph, Article 1991        See Hua Daily News, “Painting as a life path”, Article, November 6, Photograph 1990        The Straits Times, National Art Museum Art Gallery, “A breath of fresh art, Arte and Materia”, by T Sasitharan, November, 30 New Straits Times, Times Two, “Sarawakian wins award for textile design study”, by Heidi Munan, May 2, Photograph, Article

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  • Mixed Media
  • Visual Arts
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  • Santa Rosa, CA
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  • Figurative
  • Painting