Lu Cong is an artist who has honed in on a single subject which he explores over and over again. His subject is young women, or girls, depending on your point of view. They are on the cusp of adulthood infusing many of the portraits with an awkward sexuality. But it is the honesty of their expressive faces that is the triumph of these paintings. Often painted larger than life, the characters gaze out from the flat surface of the paintings with uncanny candor, expressions of confidence and doubt and candid curiosity layered together with all the emotional complexity that comes with the transformation from child to adult.
See more at his website www.lucong.com and on his flickr page
"Ms. Kimberly" Oil on panel, 30" by 30", 2009
"Tabitha" Oil on panel, 24" x 24", 2009
"The Duet" Oil on panel, 30" x 30", 2010
"The Girl Who Finds You Here" Oil on panel, 36" by 36"