"To be a real global master of art of our time and beyond as a genuine thinker, creator, and entrepreneur! All my interests in science, philosophy and art come together into my artworks."
Karl Weiming Lu is regarded as a true global Renaissance man of our time who’s life and art span from East to West. He was born in 1962, into a big intellectual and art family for generations in Hangzhou, China. He was a pioneer of Chinese Elite Students Movement of early 1980s, and a civil engineer and building designer in 1980s China. Besides civil engineering and building design, Lu also worked for The New Art magazine of China Academy of Art in mid 1980s, and participated the significant “85 New Wave Art Movement”.
In 1991, Karl W. Lu relocated to Australia to have his postgraduate studies in philosophy, and then, international studies in The University of Wollongong, and University of Sydney respectively; and further achieved triple Masters degrees in Art, Design, and Architecture in The University of New South Wales Australia. He has returned to art practice professionally since 2000 and exhibited & published globally in Australia, China, Japan, USA, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Dutch/Holland, Austria, Switzerland, Portugal, Denmark, etc.
Trained in both Eastern & Western culture and art traditions, Karl W. Lu always combine the two to create unique hybrid contemporary artworks with his own character, signature, and originality. Lu created his “Memory Series 2002 – 2003”, which positively recalled early 1980’s elite Chinese students’ movement based on his memory of a multi-disciplines’ student salon activities and hot topics in the world culture heritage city Hangzhou, China, where Lu and his friends of China Academy of Art, Zhejiang University, and Hangzhou University, etc. pondered arts, history, philosophy, psychology, art, architecture, and science. Thus, Lu always said that “All my interests in science, philosophy and art come together into my artworks!”. His painting “Memory @ Talking about Dreams” of the Memory Series originated and exhibited his distinctive “Dripping Fluid Effect” in 2003, since then, which has been further developed by him into his on-going Abstract “Dripping Fluid Series”. It has also led a wave global hot pop art phenomenon of various “dripping flow art” over the past decade. Lu manifestoed the “Contemporary Art Positivism” in 2008 and since then he has painted the on-going historical positive “Global Life Series” following his positive “Memory Series 2002 – 03”. Since 2010, Lu has created his unique ink-brush abstract works of the “Origin Series” to express his philosophical, scientific, and artistic intuition, view, and understanding about the origin of universe, life, and art. Since 2012, Lu has also become a leading art critic on contemporary Chinese art with top art web media in China.
Karl W. Lu is a Premium Plus Member of National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA), Australia, and a Member of Asian Australian Artists Association.
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