Liqing Tan

Liqing Tan

Shenzhen, China

About Liqing Tan

The mystery of visualizing body as landscape and landscape as body leads me to think of the unique forms in figures the same time may display as giant landscape. Zooming into a specific gesture, or connecting the body part with the surroundings, or turning a landscape into a shape of body part in order to create something new are one part of the concepts I have been working on. Creating an unreality space or capture a dramatic moment are important elements of my works as well. By using vague and ambiguous way to paint, I am thinking to express a kind of contemporary psychology, the influence of the subjectivity of judging things.

These are series of oil paintings of daily routine. An ambiguous story line about things appear and disappear, intimacy and separation, missing and forgetting, discovering and reflecting, getting closer and getting far away, focusing and diverging.

It is about record, speculation, imagination, and recreation.


2016-2018 Master in Fine Art (M.F.A.), UCL Slade School of Fine Art

2011-2015 Bachelor in Fine Art (B.A.), Indiana University Of Bloomington


Dentons Art Prize 7th, Winner - UK
Contemporary Young Artist Award 2020, Shortlisted - UK
Bridgeman Studio Award 2019, Shortlisted - UK
Signature Art Prize 2019, Shortlisted - UK
Graduate Art Prize 2018, Shortlisted - UK
Honor been placed on the College of Arts and Sciences Executive Dean’s List, Indiana University Of Bloomington - US



Royal Society of British Artists 303rd Annual Exhibition 2020, Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1, UK

Contemporary Young Artist Award, The Biscuit Factory, Stoddart Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1AN, UK


Solo Exhibition

As I Recall, Studio d'arte Cannaviello Gallery, Milan, Italy

Duo Exhibition


VARIETIES OF DISTURBANCE, SHELF London, Spanish City Plaze, Whitley Bay, UK

Selected Group Exhibition

Prologue, Offshoot Gallery, London, UK

ASYAAF, GALLERY LVS, Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), Seoul, Korea


Dentons art prize, Dentons, London, UK

​New Horizons Young Talents Exhibition, Coast Gallery, Zhuhai, China

​The Graduate Art Prize, Exchange House, London, UK


Slade 2018 MA/MFA/PhD Graduate Degree Show, Slade School of Fine Art UCL, London, UK


​Faith, Austin Forum, London, UK

Progress:/,regress, Crypt Gallery, London, UK

Future Echoes, Museum of Refugees, Thessaloniki, Greece

Slade Interim Show, Slade School of Fine Art UCL, London, UK

The future of British Art, Cote Brasserie Hays Galleria, London, UK

Salón de Gráfica Contemporánea, Nahim Isaias Museum, Guayaquil, Ecuador


Slade Print Fair, Slade School of Fine Art UCL, London, UK


Oversea Program in Florence, Grunwald Gallery, IN Bloomington, US

3D Spring 2015 Exhibition, Innovation Center, IN Bloomington, US


3D Spring 2014 Exhibition, Innovation Center, IN Bloomington, US