Qimin Liu and The Real Deal
August 2013
Original Article By Nancy LaMar-Rodgers
Photos by A. Vincent Scarano
Courtesy of Ink Publications

  • Artist Qimin Liu in his personal studio; East Lyme Connecticut; 2013
  • Artist Qimin Liu in his personal studio; East Lyme Connecticut; 2013
  • Artist Qimin Liu in his personal studio; East Lyme Connecticut; 2013
  • Artist Qimin Liu in front of his artwork in LQM Gallery at it's former location; New London Connecticut; 2013
EXCERPT: Qimin Liu is dressed impeccably in a class black suit as he welcomes us into his studio. His face is kind as he takes my hand and also bows, as is his own cultural custom. I am immediately taken in by the aura of this gentle man who makes sure that I have water first and that I am comfortable before he will begin to tell me his story. As he moves about the studio, I relate to him that my son, who is busy in the corner pouring through a book of photos of Liu's work, just asked me why 'all the faces are so sad.'

Liu smiles and bows his head, perhaps in reverence to the subjects of his 'sad' work. 'Let us start then,' he says, with a shy grin that emotes a feeling of nostalgia, 'with the sad faces. When we grew up in China, we don't know exactly American culture. We are growing up in poverty, but we don't know it really, but what we do have is hope...hope for something better....