Art and culture

How artist Danny Liu created this month’s stunning Silkroad cover

We follow one of Hong Kong’s most respected artists as he creates a special piece of art for Silkroad magazine

Flying Cathay Dragon during June? You might notice an eye-catching magazine cover in your seatback pocket.

The beautiful ink painting was a special commission for Silkroad’s June 2017 issue, by Hong Kong artist Danny Liu. Hit play on the video above to see how Liu worked through his process for this particular piece of art.

Silkroad cover June 2017, Daniel Liu ink painting
Daniel Liu Silkroad magazine cover art

Liu is a trained ink painter and well-known artist in Hong Kong, who regularly teaches classes and hosts exhibitions of his stunning work, to help popularise this ancient art form from China.

Combining distinct features from the five ancient walls of China, he created a beautiful piece of work, encapsulating the story inside the magazine (‘The Other Great Walls of China’) and the walls themselves.

Daniel Liu Hong Kong artist

This cover is particularly special as he employs the use of vivid colours instead of the black, white and grey tones you may associate with traditional Chinese ink paintings.

An avid traveller, Liu is regularly inspired by the landscapes and cultures he encounters in China and the rest of Asia.

Check out his work at and see him in action in the video above.


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