Anson Liaw

“I feel I am useless as an artist when I am happy. Pain is what creates my artwork. The painful experiences that people go through as they journey through life in the world around us from childhood to adulthood which in many ways is full of chaos and hardship are what sparks and motivates me to possess my objectives to make purposeful artwork that hopefully generates meaningful and fulfilling empathetic connections to people. As I observe and interpret the world around me combined with creating my artwork, I discover time and time again that true beauty lies within the darkness and that sometimes nightmares are the birthplace of some of the best ideas for an artist.”

Preserving and Cultivating Peace - Chalk Pastels on Archival BFK Rives Printmaking and Drawing Paper 20 x 20 in. $1,200

Anson Liaw is an accomplished illustrator based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Upon graduating from the Communication & Design Department's Design Advertising Program at the Ontario College of Art (now OCAD University), his illustrations have become an integral part of numerous projects, spanning magazines, book publications, corporate communications, packaging, and advertising.

Anson’s illustrations embody a critical viewpoint, addressing a wide spectrum of subjects, including social, political, cultural issues, and lifestyle matters.

Drawing inspiration from everyday life, personal memories, and imagination, he skillfully combines various elements to construct new and unexpected meanings. His work sparks discussions, encouraging viewers to engage, appreciate, and discover something new about the world every day.

Anson’s talent has garnered recognition and accolades from prestigious organizations such as American Illustration, the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles (SILA), Applied Arts Magazine, and 3x3, The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration, among others. His illustrations have been featured in renowned publications and exhibitions worldwide, including Luerzer’s Archive and "Illustration: A Theoretical and Contextual Perspective," Third Edition by Alan Male (Author), Bloomsbury Visual Arts in the United Kingdom.

Throughout his career, Anson has collaborated with a diverse range of clients, including Time Magazine, McDonald’s, The New York Times, Nestle, and The National Ballet of Canada, to name a few. Additionally, he shares his love and passion for the arts by teaching at OCAD University and Virtute Innovation Academy in Canada, nurturing the next generation of creative minds.

Giving Peace a Chance Day and Night Everyday (version 3) - Pencil, ink and digital, 28 x 40 in.
Dreams to Reality - Pencil, ink and digital 16 x 24 in.
Cold War, The Storm Before The Calm (Version 3) - 16 x 22 in.
Down But Not Out - Chalk pastels and compressed charcoal on archival print-making and drawing paper 20 x 30 in.
Abdul Khaliq, The Flying Bird of Asia - Pencil, ink and digital 21 x 28 in.
Cut Now and Forever, Women Life Freedom (version 4) - 23.4 x 33 in.
Journey - Chalk pastels, ink, Conte and charcoal drawing sticks and pencils on archival print-making and drawing paper 20 x 30 in.
Before the Rose (Version 2) - Pencil, ink and digital 16 x 20 in.
Mercatto - Ink on paper 16 x 20 in.
Méliès' Magical Illusions - Pencil, ink and digital 35 x 46 in.
Blue Christmas - Pencil, ink and digital, 24 x 31 in.
Destiny (Version 2) - Pencil, ink and digital 12 x 15 in.
Blues Vocalist - Chalk pastels on archival print-making and drawing paper 22 x 26 in.
Silent No More - Pencil, ink and digital 18 x 24 in.
H2O 4 ALL Winter Holiday - Pencil, ink and digital 16 x 22 in.
Inseparable Separate Ways (version 2) - Pencil, ink and digital, 22 x 30 in.
My Sun Shower Goddess - Chalk pastels, Conte and charcoal drawing sticks & pencils on archival print-making & drawing paper 18 x 21 in.
Youthful Ideas for Healing the Earth - Chalk pastels on archival print-making & drawing paper 20 x 30 in.
The Cycling Utopia (version 4) - Pencil, ink and digital 15 x 21 in.
Lifelessly Living - Pencil, ink and digital 30 x 40 in.
A Cohesive Whole, Harmonious Co-Existence (version 2) - Pencil, ink and digital, 30 x 42 in.
Part of Us (Version 3) - Pencil, ink and digital 12.5 x 21 in.
Her Time in the Sun - Chalk pastels on archival print-making and drawing paper 20 x 24 in.
A Partridge in a Pear Tree (version 3) - Pencil, ink and digital 12 x 21 in.
Our Children are Our Future - Pencil, ink and digital 20 x 28 in.

This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


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