Long Gao, Artist

Welcome to the website of artist Long Gao


Long Gao

Mr. Gao is a multi-media talent with very few peers. In 2009, he completed an enormous steel sculpture for the City of Woodinvile representing salmon migration. In 2008, the the city of Lynwood purchased three of Mr. Gao’s paintings for their public collection. In 2005, the City of Seattle selected a major surrealist oil by Mr. Gao, “A New World,” for their portable collection.

He served as an Artist in Residence at the Tacoma Art Museum for the acclaimed “Inside Out” exhibition of contemporary Chinese art shown at the Tacoma Art Museum and the UW’s Henry Gallery in 2000. Mr. Gao’s talent is so broad, so refined that Jerome Silbergeld, Professor of Chinese Art History at the University of California, Berkeley (and author of two of the five books published in English on 20th Century Chinese artists) declares that “…of the Chinese artists who have come to the U.S. in the last fifteen years, some of whom represent the highest level found in China, … I would rank Gao’s work among the best.”

His reputation in China is legendary: he was the Vice Chairman of the Association of Artists under the Ministry of Radio Film and TV and Director of the Jiu-San Association of Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Research in the Peoples Republic of China. Mr. Gao received widespread international recognition for his book of “Image Seal Cuttings,” an art form based on the most ancient of Chinese art forms, seal cutting. This is a medium which marries visual art and literature; the thoughts of an artist are portrayed in both imagery and poetry. An image is carved in reverse into a stone and then printed, then a poem or line of text is added next to the picture. His “seal cuttings” are collected by the Beijing Library in China, the U.S. Library of Congress, the Seattle Public Library and many universities throughout the U.S..

Mr. Gao works in many media. His oil paintings, traditional Chinese landscape paintings and abstract sculpture in metals are all superb. His skill at carving wood is astounding. His carvings of faces, animals and abstractions are compelling 3D versions of the seal cuttings, but with the added vitality lent by the warmth of wood grain and the mark of the sculptor’s tools. All of the artist’s efforts include forms derived from traditional Chinese folk imagery, tools and even philosophical concepts.

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