Kids Giving Back is delighted to have had the tremendous support of Dapeng Liu at our recently Gala dinner at NSW Parliament House on 3 August 2016. 

Dapeng generously donated his painting Mountain Listener to Kids Giving Back for inclusion in the Live Auction at our Gala Dinner. 

Dapeng resides in Sydney, Australia, and was born in Beijing in 1982. Long fascinated by both the differences and similarities between Eastern and Western approaches to art, he has developed his own distinctive style, which incorporates and subtly blends the essence of both traditions.

He became a full-time artist in 2014. Since then Dapeng has been active in both Australia and Asia. His works were finalists in the Archibald Prize 2014, the Sulman Prize 2015 as well as being displayed in the Archibald Salon des Refusés 2015. 

His works are being included in growing numbers of private collections in Australia and mainland China, as well as in Hong Kong, New Zealand and the USA.

This painting was created in his Sydney studio in 2015 right after Dapeng returned from an En plain air painting trip in one of the most famous mountain areas in China, Yellow Mountain. 

Rather than reproduce an En plain air painting into a larger studio piece, Dapeng decided to paint a picture of the mind. It was the moment when Dapeng returned to his Sydney home but his mind and emotions were still with the breathtaking mountain-scape in China that shaped this particular painting – a painting trying to build a dialogue between different times and space. 

The painting has had quite some press coverage and a photo of it was included in an article on Dapeng in Artist Profile, Issue 33, 2015 and the Daily Telegraph in August 2015. 

It was also used as the title image for an article introducing Dapeng’s works in Harper’s Bazaar Art (China), September Issue 2015. 

The Mountain Listener painting was the highest netting item auctioned on the night.

We extend our deepest thanks to Dapeng Liu and wish him continued success.