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Gary Liu

Lecturer, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in Honolulu

Art History at HoMA School


Gary Liu is a lecturer in the Department of Art and Art History at UH Manoa, and an instructor of art history at the Honolulu Museum of Art School.

You all know about the wide array of expressive art practices taught in the studios at HoMA School, but perhaps it comes as news that the school has also been recently expanding its world of art history offerings too, something a class at an art museum is uniquely equipped to do. Using the example of Chinese ink paintings recently discussed in such classes, this presentation offers a glimpse into the insight gained through HoMA School’s art history lectures, discussions, gallery and vault visits, and film screenings.

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New Alphabet Letters Based on Chinese Characters

@ VOL 83 ON JUN 29, 2011

Ryo showcases some of his art projects, with a focus on a beautiful set of alphabet letters based on Chinese characters. (in Japanese)

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The Chinese Connection

@ VOL 28 ON JUN 13, 2013

Joanna Wong speaks of the deep connections present between China and Vancouver; known as 'the most Asian city outside of Asia.' She expounds upon her personal family history, the history of Vancouver's Chinese population, and how the digital networks between this Canadian city and China can serve as important links to the future.

"Presentation of the Day" on January 6, 2013.

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都市墨水的思考 Reflections on Urban Ink Art

@ VOL 16 ON DEC 21, 2013


Vice President of College of Design of Shenzhen University Zou Ming uses paintings to wake people from their unconsciousness of ecological environment protection and also express his thoughts and feelings of painting about nature. (in Chinese)

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From Daydreams to Ink and Pixels

@ VOL 116 ON JUL 30, 2014

Laziness means creativity to illustrator/writer/fashion stylist Jodi Sam, as she says it's the hours of daydreaming that allow us to produce our best work. Here she speaks about her illustrative process, from ink on paper to capturing her work on the computer, to working with clients.

"Presentation of the Day" on August 29, 2014. 

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Qin Expérimentale

@ VOL 8 ON JUL 04, 2014

"Qin Expérimentale" is a fashion line inspired by the chinese history of art and aesthetics. Qin is the first Chinese emperor, says Sandra L'Hostis. Sandra imagines a refined product with little closure but complex knotting "every knot has got a meaning, everything is a ritual" between treatment lines, folds and superposition of precious materials such as silk washed. {in French}

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Ancient Coins and Modern Chinese Paintings

@ VOL 2 ON APR 01, 2016

Shenton Song shares his passion in collecting items ranging from ancient coins that he turned into unique cufflinks to modern Chinese art that is unique to Sarawak, his home.

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Ink is Our Link

@ VOL 29 ON FEB 17, 2017

Reuben J.D.Y. Chock is from Mānana, Oʻahu, and a graduate of UH Mānoa’s School of Architecture.  He has practiced in Honolulu, Los Angeles, Shenzhen, and Bangkok.  He is currently a partner at WCIT Architecture, a Hawai‘i firm in Kaka‘ako.  Our projects range from community masterplanning, to high-rises, resorts, and commercial, to educational and cultural, to parks and even children’s books.  Our work is born from the genealogy of a project’s place and people, translated into contemporary expressions within our built environment.  Tonite we focus on the importance of ink in our design process, and share a part of a project’s life that is rarely experienced.

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Through the Lens of an Inky Mess

@ VOL 29 ON FEB 17, 2017

Andy Lee’s life is intertwined with the use of sumi ink.  Initially, it was used as a tool for revolt, then as a metacognitive exercise, then as a tool to judge how well he knows someone, but mostly the ink and brush served as a conduit for imagination.
A former illustrator for Image, Marvel and D.C. Comics, DragonballZ magazine, Neopets, and Nike among others, Andy now teaches full time at Kaiser high school and the Honolulu Museum of Art School.
The presentation will reveal Andy’s origins and specify some revelatory experiences while painting.

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Memoirs of a Jamaican-Chinese-Canadian Dragon Lady

@ VOL 17 ON NOV 24, 2017

Chinese-Jamaican by birth, and Canadian by choice, Carol Williams-Wong has lived in Jamaica, Montreal, Hong Kong, is now living in Unionville, Ontario. This is her story of adapting, integrating, embracing and appreciating through active contribution and involvement in her community.