Wield at ease.
Born in Tainan and showed a talent on painting in his childhood. He even can draw image of Guanyin Buddha at his age of 4. During the military service, he caught a disease which weakened him whom used to be as strong as a horse, making him almost unable to walk. However, the disease didn't weaken his painting talent and his enthusiasm and pursuit of fine arts. At the age of 23, his paintings caught the eye of venerated master, Professor Lin Yu-shan, who was deeply shocked and mistakenly thought it was painted by a senior painter or some famous master. After verification, he was even amazed and highly praised that it is painted by a young man! Professor Lin described his painting style as a long-lost special technique with rich literary meaning. Of the realm of true, benevolence, and beauty, many painters only can achieve superficially to reach the level of beauty. But this young painter, who can integrate literature with subtle feelings, has such high talent that only the word of “wizard” will be appropriate to use to describe him. Grand master Hsing Yun has visited him for three times in order to have his painting of Guanyin Buddha and his works have been collected by many collectors and business persons. However, he's not complacent after being well recognized. Instead, he insisted on creating. As a semi-secluded glue-pigment painter, he enjoys a lifestyle which filled with art and humanistic connotations. His passion for life and persistence of being an artist urged Mr. Shi to work tirelessly for creation. All subjects that he depicted with a rich literature aura such as figures, flowers and birds, beasts, and Buddha are vivid presentations of his internal emotion. Looking at his painting is like looking at his life, always full of happiness, always in peace, freedom, and tranquility. His paintings are filled with a kind of charming color with royal taste and elegant temperament.
The key to paint is not at drawing.
Born in 1941, in Tainan, and graduated from National University of Tainan, Foreign Languages Department of National Chung Hsing University, and Fine Arts Department of the Chinese Culture University Has participated in the Japan-Asia Art Education Conference. Retired as fine arts teacher after 30 years of teaching. Participated in preparatory meetings of establishment of many provincial fine arts museums. Acted as member of judge committee at different art exhibitions. Invited by provincial government to assist in arranging provincial art exhibitions and received appreciation from the chairman of the province. Mr. Hsu, Ho-Ho has served as editor-in-chief of individual oil painting album, album of past years paintings by Taiwan artists at French Salon Society, and centennial history research of Taiwan artists who exhibited at French Salon. He also acted as consultant of editorial board of Experts and listed editor of Yearbook of Taiwan Fine Arts, Yearbook of Chinese Fine Arts, and Name Book of Japanese Fine Artists. Mr. Hsu, Ho-Ho believes that art focuses on feelings of the soul and sublimation of thoughts. It is the root of culture, seed of nation, and base of a country. Art can enrich people's spiritual life and cultural connotation. Local art and culture shall even be promoted to the world to gear to international conventions and to show the strong vitality and creativity of Taiwanese artists. In his paintings, his delicate skills of showing light and darkness presents a contrastive feature of light. The secretive glimmer flowing between light and shadows conveys a virtual and actual feeling, which arouse mysterious feeling hidden deep inside people's mind. Among many contemporary genres, he still insists to seek for wide, simple, and solemn features from classicism that can last forever to express the connotation and spiritual meaning of life. Through interpretation of language of painting, he tried to mainly paint people at first with landscape assisted as background and then progressed to paint mainly landscapes, presenting a diversified work of his painting with colors changing from reddish brown to romantic blue and feelings changing from heavy dark to easy bright. He uses his creation, the most valuable element of an artist, to challenge new subjects constantly, transforming physical matters in the nature into space of one's mind. No matter it is of emblem or of symbol, primitive vitality always fascinates people.
Driving force of painting comes from spiritual pursuit
Born in Nantou, Taiwan, in 1936 and graduated from Department of Art of National Taiwan Normal University in 1958. Acted as a member of Advisory Committee of French Salon Society of Taiwan Artist, member of consultant committee of exhibitions of Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, and chairman of Taiwan Artists Association of Today (TAAT). Subjects of Jane Xigui's creation mostly come from the feeling, caring and recording of the land of Taiwan. Using techniques of abstraction, he mainly draws society culture and landscape by integrating objective facts with expressionistic subjective emotion. The style of his painting is steady and realistic but flavored with lyrical and enjoyable touch. Chuang-tzu said, "The nature has great beauty that cannot be described by words”. Mr. Jian, Si-Guei believes that his drive of painting is largely come from such realistic pursuit of spirit which needless to say more. As a painter, Mr. Jian knows that he's pursuing beauty. However, the nature not only provides various rich resources for life and its reproduction, but also kindly offers beauty to human beings long ago. Therefore, he started to think that as the only creature in the nature that has rational thinking and knows how to judge beauty, what can we do to reciprocate the nature? In addition, is there a possibility to create something through painting which is different with the nature but with the same beauty?
Interpretation of anatman, self, and atman
Born in Taichung City in 1955 and obtained a master's degree from Art and Craft Education Institute at National Hsinchu University of Education. His painting skill is enlightened by Professor Lin, Chih-Chu and learned from Mr. Hsieh Sheng Feng. Mr. Jian, Jin-ching explains his understanding and creation concept of Buddhism's accession to the world through painting from the nature, caring of culture, and exploring different phases of primitive internal nature. He made a temporary footnote to the feature of glue-pigment painting creation, hoping to reserve sufficient energy for creation and prepare for another dashing in his own color painting world. He calls it a realm of “anatman, self, and atman”. Mr. Jian has served as chairman of Taiwan Glue-pigment Painting Association. The source of his creative inspiration often comes from everything things around. But the key to open the door of this inspiration is in the nature. He must travel around, drawing support from grandeur landscape and changes of seasons to awaken his desire for creation. Wayfaring can widen his vision and sharpen his sensitivity towards life. He seeks by wayfaring and accumulates experience in the process of seeking, transforming the scene in the eyes into moving pictures of life, thus, brewing a spring source of creation. Looking at his picture you will know that this is a result presented by Mr. Jian after various times of wayfaring and page after page of experience and feelings he wrote down.
Mr. Chuang, Min-Chung's creation starts from his sense of life, his sense of flow and change of contemporary environment. Nurtured with academic art for a long time, he has went through basic training of realistic painting and then entered into surrealistic method and the combination of the two to express multiple images, explaining the overlapping multilayer time and space in the author's eyes, delivering layers of emotion and thoughts. The author has visited almost 30 countries. From humanity culture to history and fine arts museum, he visited many places and learned a lot from world famous paintings, which made him think and gave him creative inspiration for paintings. Has published works of Metaphor Lyric Series, Probing Origination of Life Series, which depicted the infinite vitality of all things in ever changing universe. Recent works of creation focus on the series of discussions of ancient Chinese civilization, with the aesthetics dialectics of Chinese "like" and "not like” and metaphorical means to present a series of artistic creations with oriental spirit.
Painting the beauty of my homeland Taiwan
Has served two sessions as chairman of Changhua County Fine Arts Society, director of Midland Fine Arts Association and convenor of its Watercolor Department, member of the review committee of Taodong Cultural and Educational Association of Changhua County, and adviser to the Changhua County Youth Arts Association. Has also served as a member of judge committee of central beauty exhibitions, Huangxi Artist Relay Exhibitions in Changhua County, painting contest of National Flower Fair emblem, National Students Art Exhibition, sketch from the nature contest of five counties in midland, world children's painting exhibition, art exhibitions of Taichung Cultural Bureau, and art exhibitions of teachers and students in Changhua County. He’s also taught at Promotion Department of Chaoyang University of Technology, Changhua Changqing University, University of the Elderly of Hemei County, and Shen Gang Xiang Communiversity of Chung Chou University of Technology. Of his creation of painting, Mr. Lin Junhui focused more on sketching from the nature. However, how to depict properly and perfectly a very difficult subject. Therefore, over decades, he adhered to the concept of field sketch with many other painters including Shen Kuo-Jen, Chang Huan-tsai, Shi Nansheng, and Li Denghua from Taiwan, and Japanese painters Nobuhisa Yokoseki and Kura-in-ji, reliving the lively scene of painting together on one hand, and receiving encouragement by learning from each other as to broaden and refine works of his own on the other hand. Mr. Lin Junyin's philosophy of depicting from the nature is definitely not to reproduce the nature in a painting, but to understand the nature, emphasizing subjective cognition on creation, integrating observation, heart expression, emotion, and meaning, and revitalizing the vitality of the nature based on your own understanding. Of course, discussions about changes of light, time and space are essential elements in painting. Therefore, his view of painting roots inside the feeling of his heart and grows and toughens constantly in life, revealing his courage of innovation and wisdom of life.
Draw my hometown
In his young ages, Mr. Chang, Pei-Chun loves riding horse, galloping in the field under the sun with balmy wind and sweet fragrance of flowers and rice. This beautiful soft feeling of closing to the land lives in his heart. Now, he loves to walk over almost every corner of Changhua county with his heavy oil painting box in hand. This is another stage of his life, another way to get close to the nature. He loves to wield his brush on site when he walks on mountains, getting close to streams or kissing the earth, in a way of doing the best but leaving the result to the fate. When he focuses on drawing, he loves the feeling as if he's communicating with the nature. Through subtle observation and feelings in the heart, he sees strong vitalities of flowers and trees and sentient beings. Under his dancing brush, the vivid life brims. Served as supervisor of Oil Painting Society of the Republic of China, member of judge committee of exhibition application of National Taiwan Museum of Art, and member of judge committee of Public Art of Culture Construction Association. He believes art is the power of one's spirit. Art can not only enrich and beautify life, but also express common memory, preserve historical memory, and construct consciousness of the earth. To achieve art, you must have historical and geographical cognition and identification. Therefore, love the people, things, and environment in the life and appreciate the land you live. When there's love in the heart, everything in the life is filled with beauty. Love can break all barriers, making people seek common ground while reserve differences and bringing harmony to every people and things. If there's someone who vigilantly understands that it is an urgent affair to construct moral value of humanity and culture and deepen “the earth consciousness” among people and in the government, then disseminating the afore mentioned concept subtly is very necessary.
Japanese glue-pigment painter
Born in 1948, in Nara-ken, Japan. Committed by Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music in 1974 and majored in Fine Arts department (Japanese painting), and graduated from Institute of Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music. Learned from Tamako Kataoka and recommended by colleagues at Japanese Academy of Fine Arts, now serves as professor of Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music. Colleague and member of judge committee of Japanese Academy of Fine Arts. Works have been awarded Popularity Award at Yamatane Museum of Art Exhibition, Encouragement Award at Spring Academy Exhibition, Encouagement Award of Japanese Academy of Fine Arts, Minister for Foreign Affairs Award, Japan Academy of Fine Arts Award (Taikan Award), and Minister of Education and Science Award.
Mr. Huang Hongji learned from Professor Lin, Chih-Chu and he always keeps Mr. Lin's words in mind that one must present “the most touching moment” on one's painting. To transform intangible thoughts into tangible visual perception, the process is very arduous and struggle. A painter must possess and know well about main points of painting such as composition, color arranging, and skill and techniques. However, Mr. Huang Hongji values the feeling of “Anschauung” more importantly. On philosophy wise, “Anschauung” means you do not need to appreciate a painting through empiricism or default a perception. “Anschauung” is the purest sense intuition of human beings. Whether it is good or bad, let your intuition to percept. For creation or for appreciation, setting out from this point of view is to have an utmost true, benevolent and beautiful painting. Material of glue-pigment paint is rich and diverse. There are suikan, soil paint (dirt), and ore pigments, etc. Besides, there are gold mud, silver mud, gold foil, silver foil, and mica stone, etc. Coupled with complex painting skills, it can be called as "gem painting". Mr. Huang Hongji takes advantage of its extreme colorful and splendid feature to create works with flower and bird themes, presenting the beauty of the nature and developing the utmost true, benevolent, and beautiful visual experience.
A stroke, a sweep, let the painting reveals the truly desired realm of your heart
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, in 1935 and graduated from Art Department of Taipei Normal University in 1953. Served as teacher at Daqiao Elementary School after graduation. In 1966, co-founded Century Fine Arts Association with Li Jianhong and Pan Chaosen. In 1985, obtained master degree from the Institute of Art Education of Hyogo University of Education, Japan. In 1988, produced a large mural of Taipei Teachers Center. In 1994, served as Executive Director of Asia Art Education International Annual Conference. In 1998, served as chairman of Tay Yang Fine Arts Association of the Republic of China. Through his whole life, he loved painting and devoted himself in creation wholeheartedly and inexhaustibly. Dedicating to education and art creation is the dynamic energy of his life. The style of Mr. Wu, Lung-Jung's work conveys different feelings in different phases of time, which has inseparable causal relations with his age and proficient level of his painting skill. He believes perfect structure, rich emotion and thoughts to express a surrealistic art conception are key points to painting. Therefore, in his work, on the two dimensional medium, he skillfully applied separation treatment of three dimension, trying the best to seek three dimensional expression for concrete and conceptional image and interpreting power of touching from life to religion. The language of painting can be used to pacify mind and reveal images in mind and expectation of life.