Liu Xiaofeng is a contemporary painter from Hubei Province, China (*1976). She is known for her black and white series *Body* and *Butterfly*.
Liu Xiaofeng chooses subjects for her paintings that evoke luxury and erotic. Her staged still lives of the series *Body* show female beauty and allurement. Her series *Butterfly* seems to be a metaphor of the series *Body*. The images of butterflies are painted in an enlarged scale. In this way there remains a distance between the painted world and the world of the viewer. By using a color palette that only includes white, grey and black Liu Xiaofeng highlights the stylised character of her work. The predominant dark tones of her series *Butterfly* create a night atmosphere and emphasize the white patterns of the butterfly wings.
Her oeuvre represents a self-confident young Chinese generation. Liu Xiaofeng makes a link to the Chinese erotic paintings of the 18th century but translates them to contemporary society.
A dark butterfly with white spots and eyes on the folded wings rests on a branch. The point of view is on the level of the animal’s head. A leaf in the lower part of the image seems to be in focus while the butterfly itself is painted with a slight blur.
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