At Turner Carroll Gallery + Art Advisors, most of the represented artists are women and immigrants. “They are the voice of the gallery,” explains Michael Carroll, who established the business with his wife Tonya Turner Carroll in 1991. “In honor of the enormous contribution that women, children and immigrants have made to contemporary art in the United States, we’re focusing our attention on the works of these talented artists.”
Among the female artists whose paintings are on exhibit in the gallery’s show “Women, Children and Immigrants: Major Voices in Contemporary Art,” which runs through March 30, is Hung Liu who grew up under the Maoist regime in China and studied mural painting as a graduate student at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. In 1984, with $20 and two suitcases in hand, she immigrated to the United States to attend the University of California, San Diego.
Liu’s 2016 painting “Little Lama III” is included in the exhibit. “Some multi-layered meaning and symbolism interested me,” Liu says about why she chose to paint the image of a young Tibetan spiritual leader. “The history, tradition and many untold stories are imbedded with the image.”
The recipient of two painting fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Liu also received a Lifetime Achievement Award in printmaking from the Southern Graphics Council International in 2011.
Her work is represented in the permanent collections of major museums on both coasts, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. She is Professor Emerita of Painting at Mills College in Oakland, California, where she taught from 1990 through 2014.
Other artists whose works are featured in the exhibition include Raphaelle Goethals (Belgium), Georges Mazilu (Romania), Drew Tal (Israel), Traian Filip (Romania), Fausto Fernandez (Mexico) and Igor Melnikov (Russia).
“These artists have portrayed the history of the countries they left behind and have opened a window of perception for Americans who have seen their works,” says Carroll. “We’re honored and grateful to share their artistic journey.”
Children’s art is celebrated during the third Albuquerque Academy Juried Exhibition, which takes place at the gallery from February 23 through 26.