Kuo, Hsueh-Hu
Cultural pioneer with Deep Feelings to Homeland
Kuo Hsueh-Hu, former name Kuo Chin-huo, was born in 1908 in Dadaocheng, Taipei. The Danshui riverside scene later became the source of his creation. At the age of 16, he stepped on his way to become an artist by learning painting at "Snow Creek Art Gallery". In 1927, his paintings were selected as exhibits by the first “Taiwan Art Exhibition" during the time when Taiwan was governed by Japan along with works by painters of Lin Yushan and Chen Jin. The three of them created the name of "Three Teenagers at Taiwan Exhibition". The painting of “Scenery near Yuanshan”, one of his works specifically selected by the second "Taiwan Art Exhibition", was the one that made him famous and later became the paradigm of paintings of Hsueh-Hu Studio school. The “Festival on South Street” was the exhibit at the fourth "Taiwan Art Exhibition”. It used red, blue, and yellow colors, which demonstrate very local cultural characteristics, to picture a hustle and bustle festival scene of gate area of Xiahai Chenghuang Temple at Dihua street in Dadaocheng, presenting the vitality of Taiwan's cultural diversity. In addition, in the creation of glue-pigment painting, Kuo Hsueh-Hu fused concept of traditional Chinese brush painting with Japanese painting, bringing the traditional genre of glue-pigment painting to a broader and more diverse realm while promoting activities of rectification of name of glue-pigment painting and its modernization. He was the forerunner and key driving force of Taiwan's glue-pigment painting. Mr. Kuo Hsueh-Hu joined Japanese Painting Society in his early ages and later, together with his friends, established "Six Sages”, a painting group that incorporate Japanese painting skill with western, and initiated “Hsueh-Hu Studio” in Taiwan, to study art, hold exhibitions and lectures, and support juniors. In the early days of liberation of Taiwan, Mr. Kuo Hsueh-Hu organized the “Whole Taiwan Province Art Exhibition” together with others including Yang San Lang. He was an early contributor to government-run art exhibition and literally participated in administration and examination affairs of the traditional Chinese painting department for more than 20 years, contributing greatly to the heritage and development of Taiwan's fine arts culture. Mr. Kuo Hsueh-Hu was regarded as the first senior artist who brought Taiwan local folk customs into his creation of arts and was representative artist who used painting to express his feeling to his nation. His works have a strong local characteristics and emit a full-bodied cultural sense of Taiwan. Mr. Hsieh, Li-fa, who wrote the history of Taiwan's art movement, said, "Kuo Hsueh-Hu's creation is derived from his real experience in Taiwan and, in the development of Taiwan's modern art, he is the first person who paints out the spirit of Taiwan ."

Exhibition

2014 Special Exhibition of Kuo Hsueh-Hu (Daocheng County, Taipei)  
2016 Some loves mountain, some water - Retrospective of Kuo Hsueh-Hu

|ART WORKS

Kuo Hsueh-hu, After Rain, Giclée

Kuo Hsueh-hu, After Rain, Giclée

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Kuo Hsueh-hu, Scenery near Yuan Shan, Giclée
Kuo Hsueh-hu, Colorful Boats on the Tan Chiang River, Giclée
Kuo, Hsueh-hu, Festival on South Street (Limited Release 199 pieces)