On Saturday, November 15, award winning artist Z.S. Liang appeared in person at Trailside Galleries’ Scottsdale, Arizona, location for his showcase of new works and to sign copies of his recent book, Native Trails-Fresh Tracks. Published by Greenwich Workshop Press, this is the first ever, fine art, hardcover retrospective of Z.S. Liang’s work. Collectors streamed into the gallery and stood in line to meet Liang and get their books signed.
While the showcase for Liang was comprised of just five paintings, the power of the imagery was rich and compelling. Precise detail combined with the historical and narrative elements of his paintings was clearly evident in each work; from the smallest, a 9 x 12 oil titled “Siksika Hunter” with its painterly brushwork and jewel colors, to the stunning 46 x 34 oil titled “Bear Medicine Healer.” In this work, Liang alludes to the belief by Native Americans that the bear possessed the power to heal its wounds. So too, the Crow Medicine Man was believed to have such power of healing. Liang masterfully captured this scene, portraying the wounded warrior placed at the front of the sacred Eagle Medicine Rock, as the Medicine Man shakes his rattle ferociously to keep the evil spirit away, treating the wounded warrior with all his powers to save his life.
As is customary with a new collection of Liang paintings, a fixed priced draw was held to determine the lucky buyers, who hailed from Montana all across the country down to Florida.
Z.S. Liang will next be participating in a special group show in August 2015 at the gallery’s Jackson, Wyoming gallery. Additional details will be forthcoming.