Anson uses his densely layered imagery and energetic lines to celebrate the beginning of the Persian New Year, a predominantly secular holiday that is enjoyed by people of many faiths. Nowruz has been celebrated for over 3000 years in Central Asia, Western Asia, the Caucasus, Black Sea Basin, and the Balkans.
Falling on the first day of Spring, Nowruz also marks the New Year in the Iranian solar calendar.
Anson’s style – and his multiple variations on this new image – seem fitting for this holiday that is filled with symbolism and shared among various cultures.
The judges at Creative Quarterly are known for their discerning tastes, and so it is with great pride that we announce Anson Liaw and Josée Bisaillon’s inclusion in issue 45!
Anson Liaw’s personal piece “49 Tears Forever,” which was inspired by the tragic shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, had two color variations accepted as ‘runner ups’ in the professional illustration category:
Now in its 10th year, London’s illustrious “Art Below” has selected conceptual artist Anson Liaw to be one of 25 featured artists for its upcoming summer show.
Showcasing both emerging and established international artists, the show will open with a private event on June 28th at the Tabernacle Gallery in Notting Hill. Heralded as the “Taj Mahal of Kensington,” the Tabernacle was originally built as a church in 1887 and currently serves as a cultural and entertainment venue that celebrates a distinguished variety of art forms.
In keeping with Art Below’s mission, which aims “to enrich the everyday life of the traveling public by giving fresh insight into the very latest in contemporary art whilst at the same time providing a platform for emerging and established talent,” the featured works will be displayed on billboard spaces across major London Underground stations throughout the duration of the show. We certainly consider that to be fantastic exposure!
To learn more about this event please visit the Art Below website – and we’d like to extend a massive congratulations to Anson Liaw for this fantastic honor.
It seems we allowed our excitement regarding Sylvie Daigneault’s acknowledgement from Creative Quarterly to get the better of us, as we should have waited just a few hours to learn that Anson Liaw was also included in the latest batch of winners! Take a look at his awesome image, “You Had Me at Popcorn,” which was selected as a runner up:
Rick drew his images live from the march in Paris, and kindly shared his experience with those of us that can’t be there physically on his Facebook page:
“Today we went to the huge manif (march), in Paris, for Charlie Hebdo and the victims of the terrorist attacks last week. They said that there were one million people there. By the time we arrived we couldn’t even get near Place de la Republique, where the march started. There were a lot of people!! All ages, from kids to grandparents. All colors and nationalities. It was good to see. At one point some people in an apartment above started blasting Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony out their window. The crowd loved it and cheered. The chant “Charlie! Charlie!” was always heard as was instantaneous applause. Once we started marching I pulled out my sketchbook to draw. I drew while walking. I only got two drawings done, because after a while the crowd got so packed that it was difficult to hold my sketchbook and draw. We didn’t march to the end at Place de la Nation. Public transportation was free today and the métro was packed getting there. I can’t imagine being at the end with all those people and trying to get on a train. Other people were leaving too, they probably also felt like we did. I am so glad that we went. It was very important. Especially for me as an artist, having been published in Charlie Hebdo.”
Our thoughts are with those who have been affected by this recent atrocity.