Anson Liaw is an illustrator artist who enjoys creating work that takes on critical views; both light and heavy about life in the world around us and that deals with social, political, cultural issues, and lifestyle subject matter. He enjoys combining various everyday life objects, scenes, and situations from life, memory, and imagination, and then combines and fuses them together to manufacture new and unexpected yet familiar meaning that ignites a spark to drive discussion and encourages people to be engaged to see, appreciate and learn something new every day about the world around them. Anson shares his love and passion for the communication and design arts by teaching at OCAD University and Virtute Innovation Academy in Canada.
Artist Statement
“I feel I am useless as an artist when I am happy. Pain is what creates my artwork. The painful experiences that people go through as they journey through life in the world around us from childhood to adulthood which in many ways is full of chaos and hardship are what sparks and motivates me to possess my objectives to make purposeful artwork that hopefully generates meaningful and fulfilling empathetic connections to people. As I observe and interpret the world around me combined with creating my artwork, I discover time and time again that true beauty lies within the darkness and that sometimes nightmares are the birthplace of some of the best ideas for an artist.”