New and experienced artists shine at LQM Gallery

Some of the bold portraits by Qimin Liu loom larger than life, as if to give his subjects a transcendent stature they lack in their everyday existence.

His figurative, representational work is structured on the classic foundations of the past, yet the energy and connectedness to his subjects – who are largely disenfranchised people from the streets – renders the portraits contemporary for their social themes and emotive quality.

The passionate strokes of his brush seem to vibrate off the canvas with an immediacy associated with expressionism.

In March of last year, Liu opened the LQM Gallery on State Street in New London, which showcases these stunning figurative works and portraits. Part of his motivation for the gallery was also to showcase emerging talent, a natural given that Liu has been a teacher at Eastern Connecticut State University for the last 10 years. An established professor whose

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