For me, clouds and rivers are symbolic of freedom. They are soft but powerful, constantly changing in forms. Together, they constitute a perpetual cycle of evaporation and condensation. In the process, they travel from culture to culture, continent to continent, permeating the barriers between them. In this way, clouds and rivers allow me to redefine the meaning of freedom and strength.

-Gu Xiong

“Introspection – Clouds,” oil on canvas, 1988

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“Above Yangtze River,” acrylic on canvas, 1989

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