Bhody – Lucy Liew

5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

1526 Pacific Ave.

Santa Cruz

Lucy Liew is a Malaysian-American artist whose paintings have been described as a “rich tapestry of color” a reference to her colorful, multi-layered painting style. Lucy’s paintings draw upon her personal experiences as well as her travels throughout Borneo and California. Using indigenous symbolism and cultural iconography, together with botanical and zoological motifs, Lucy has developed her own artistic language to imbue her paintings with human emotions and experiences. Viewers of her works are invited on a magical journey through vivid botanical compositions that are a fusion of the real and the fantastic.


Lucy studied at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore. Upon graduation she was awarded a Commonwealth Foundation fellowship to study at West Surrey College of Art & Design in England. Upon her return to Malaysia, she started her own studio; where she developed a growing base of private and public collectors, including oil giant Petronas Corporation and the National Art Gallery in Malaysia. In 1996, she moved to California, where she continued to develop her artistic style.


Since establishing herself in the San Francisco Bay Area, Lucy has been actively participating in Silicon Valley Open Studios, and her work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions including Marin MOCA, Stanford University, the Triton Museum of Art, and San Jose Museum of Art. Lucy’s artworks are in the permanent collection of the UCSF Family Medicine Center in San Francisco, and Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital. Her public art includes commissions by the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Valley Children’s Hospital of Madera, and the Joyce Ellington Branch Library in the City of San Jose. In 2014, her artwork was presented by U.S. President Barak Obama to King Halim of Malaysia as a diplomatic gift.  


Lucy currently resides in Santa Rosa, California where she is part of the vibrant Fulton Crossing art community in Sonoma County and the Alameda Art Works community in San Jose.


Artist Statement

My latest series of works explores a traditionally Asian subject: lotus leaves.  However, rather being drawn to the soft, unblemished, young leaves that are often portrayed as idealized objects of beauty and perfection, I was captivated by the way mature lotus leaves wither and fold.  Young lotus leaves all look pretty much the same. It is not until the leaves whither and mature that they start to take on their own distinct character. I realized that this was a lot like people; babies are often portrayed as images of perfection, but it takes time for us to “weather” and mature before we can realize the full potential of our own unique selves!


April, April Downtown
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