"My goal in life is to be a genuine thinker, creator, entrepreneur, and lover. All my interests in philosophy, science & technology, life and universe have been and will be continuously visualized through my unique artworks with distinctive features and styles of fluent bold brushstrokes and more."
Karl W. Lu is regarded as a contemporary global Renaissance man, his life and art span from East to West. In 1991, the celebrated Hangzhou artist and engineer of China relocated to Australia to have his postgraduate studies in philosophy, and international studies, respectively at The University of Wollongong, The University of Sydney, and further achieved triple master’s degrees in Art, Architecture and Design from The University of NSW. He is a Premium Plus Member of the National Association for Visual Arts, Australia, and a visiting Professor of Boya Think Tank, Beijing University, China.
Lu has worked in civil engineering, architecture, fashion, and web-linked e-business, but he never abandoned his artistic passion. "All my interests—in art, science and philosophy—come together in my artworks" he explains. With the new millennium, he's returned to the art practice professionally in his Sydney studio. His exhibited, published, awarded and collected globally at major world art fairs and galleries in China, Japan, Singapore, Australia, USA, UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, Holland, Spain, Portugal, Danmark, Sweden, Ukraine, Russia, Dubai of UAE, and Argentina.
Lu's art style reflects his journey and respected position within the early 1980's Chinese Elite Student Movement and the significant "85 New Wave Art Movement"(85 美术新潮). Trained in both Eastern and Western traditions, he often combines the two to create unique hybrid styles with both oil and Chinese ink brush techniques. "The Memory Series” evokes both real and imaginary landscapes where 1980's Chinese students pondered philosophy, psychology, literature, economics, art and science. Lu first created his original "Dripping Fluid” technique in his “Memory Series" in 2003 and fully embraces the distinctive abstract style in his "The Dripping Fluid Series”. Since 2010, he has created "The Origin Series" employing Chinese ink brush technique in an homage to science, life, and universe.
Master of Architecture, University of NSW, Australia
Master of Design, University of NSW, Australia
Master of Art, University of NSW, Australia
Graduate Diploma in International Studies, University of Sydney, Australia
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Philosophy), University of Wollongong, Australia
Diploma in Psychology, China Academy of Science
B. Engineering (civil), Zhejiang University of Science and Technology, China
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist