Taiwanese artist Leo Wang’s abstract paintings

From a distant, the colors in Leo Wang’s paintings interact, forming sceneries resembling the Milky Way, a cityscape, or a landscape. Looking at his works closely reveal thin swabs of colors which alternate between dark and light shades. Sometimes the artist throws in a sharp white vertical line across the canvas. The effect is subtle, but is meant to be appreciated from far away.

The show Stargazers runs from 5 Aug to 27 Aug at Liang Gallery in Taipei.

Leo Wang currently lives and works in Paris, France.

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Five Korean artists depict humans as central figure in their work in a group show

This exhibition features five Korean artists who through paintings, sculptures, and mixed media gravitate around the idea that human beings can be a catalyst for change in areas as socially relevant as environmental protection and pop culture, and something as personal as love.

Influenced by the painter Francis Bacon and the abstract expressionist Willem de Kooning, Kim Byung Kwan aims to defamiliarize us with the way we see hollywood icons and celebrities and historical figures by deliberately smearing their faces with paint.  For the artist, seeing these faces everywhere becomes a habit and thus creates comfort. However, this also shuts down all other possibilities. (via artist website)

As of 2010, women in Korea are allowed to enroll in army reserve. In this work, the artist poses the question: How do women think of those who join the military service? Do they think they’re not bound by restrictive social status anymore?

Lim Jong-Doo‘s works depict a Utopian world where Man and Nature live in harmony. Women surrounded by flowers, fish , birds, and butterflies are the central figures in his paintings. The artist applies pigments onto the Korean paper in multiple layers until the right density and hue are achieved.

Everlasting love is the central theme in Cho Hye-Yoon‘s works. She sometimes bases the big-eyed characters in her paintings off movies like Léon: The Professional (1994) and La La Land (2016). The artist paints the dreamy background by spraying layers of acrylic paint multiple times, resulting in a delicate and misty atmosphere.

In Lim Eun Hee‘s mixed media on Korean paper, flowers and greens seem to “inhabit” her female figures, in that they seem to invade them. What I like about her work is that they are rich in details. There is no such thing as too much details in her work!

Kim Ki-Min channels her environmental advocacy through her sculptures that depict an innocent-looking human figure sitting on a shell or perched on a stand. This figure is the artist’s alter-ego who wishes to engage in a dialogue with the viewers and tell them that we should be living in harmony with Nature.

The show Character.Note runs from 29 July to 24 September at Art Influence in Taipei.

Taiwanese artist Hu Kun Jung’s geometric abstract paintings that examine movement and equilibrium

Geometric abstraction is a form of abstract art that employs geometric forms in non-representational compositions. It is pioneered by the Russian painter and art theoretician Kazimir Malevich.  Abstract expressionism, as practiced by Jackson Pollock, is the opposite of this art movement.

Hu Kun Jung’s paintings are examples of geometric abstraction. The pastel-colored and sometimes dark squares seem to be moving swiftly within the canvas and settling down slowly, gradually as the viewer looks into the painting.

The show Coordination Between Equilibrium and Mobility runs from 8 July to 19 August at Beyond Gallery in Taipei.

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Photos courtesy of Beyond Gallery

Taiwanese artist Chien-Chung Lin’s acrylic paintings:A throwback to childhood

When Chien-Chung Lin was still a child, he would carelessly ripped his clothes, like most children do, and his grandmother would mend them instead of throwing them away. The series of paintings collected here is a throwback to the artist’s childhood. Through his works, he attempts to transform memories into abstract landscapes that bear colors and textures resembling mended clothes.

The pieces collected here are part of the solo show The End of the Shadow at SLY Art Space in Taipei.

You can see more of the artist’s works on his blog.

 

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Japanese artists Katsuyoshi Inokuma and Tetsuo Mizu dual exhibition

Katsuyoshi Inokuma predominantly makes use of the ultramarine blue in his abstract paintings. For him this color provides a certain depth that other colors besides white and black do not. I like how the squares in his acrylic paintings, particularly in his pastel works, fade out into the background just like in the works of Mark Rothko.

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Tetsuo Mizu incorporated international maritime flags as motifs into his works. These flags are used to communicate with ships. While staying in Italy, he used to play with his daughter using flags. This inspired him to produce his latest abstract oil paintings that resemble combinations of these maritime flags. In contrast to Inokuma’s works, the edges of the shapes in his works form lines that look like crevices, making it look like these shapes fit like puzzle pieces.

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The show Harmonics runs from 8 July to 30 July at Whitestone Gallery, Taipei.

Chinese artist Chen Cheng-Wei’s realistic paintings of the bygone era 中國藝術家陳承衛舊時代的擬真畫作

Chen Cheng-Wei’s paintings are very realistic that I feel like the subjects in the paintings are going to step out of the frame anytime. The chiaroscuro employed by the artist highlights the realism in each work. They’re so realistic that they also look surreal. The paintings, upon closer view, invites the viewers to formulate a narrative. A young lady waiting for her suitor. Two sisters expressing different views. A lady looking straight right at us, inviting us to look back. The artist’s works tackle relationships between his subjects as well as between the subject and the viewers.

The pieces collected here are part of an ongoing exhibit titled Being and Nothingness at Chini Gallery, Taipei.

You can view more of his works included in the exhibition here.

陳承衛的畫作都是很寫實,讓我覺得畫作中的人物隨時可以跳出來,藝術家利用的明暗對照法強調每幅畫的真實感,他的作品很真實,看起來也很超現實。在較近處看,這些畫邀請觀眾一起創作故事,像是等待求婚著的女士、表達著不同意見的兩姊妹、直視觀畫者的女士,強迫我們再回頭看看她。陳承衛表現出人與人之間的關係,以及畫作中的人物與觀眾之間的關係。

這些作品正在采泥藝術展出的一部分,展題叫「存在與虛無」。

更多作品請參考采泥藝術的網站

 

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Chinese artist Wei Xiong’s minimalist abstract expressionist paintings 中國藝術家薇熊極簡的抽象表現主義繪畫

In Chinese painting, landscape painting takes precedence over other styles. The Chinese term for landscape contains two characters which mean “mountain” and “water”.  Wei Xiong‘s works are influenced by Zen Buddhism and Daoism, which assert man’s harmony with the natural world. It is said that “In China, mountains are associated with religion because they reach up towards the heavens. People therefore believe that looking at paintings of mountains is good for the soul.” (via Khan Academy). The fine and agile brush strokes evident in Wei Xiong’s works suggest landscapes which are abstract expressionistic in style.

The pieces collected here are part of an ongoing exhibition titled Unaltered Landscapes at Loftyart Gallery in Taipei.

在中國傳統繪畫中,山水畫是最常見到的畫科,山水畫不相當於西方的風景畫。薇熊受到禪和道教的影響,兩個信仰體系注重人和自然之間的和諧。在中國,山與宗教有關,因為山直達天際,所以人們相信看山水畫有益於靈魂的淨化與昇華。在薇熊畫作中的微細和靈快的筆觸中,暗示著抽象表現主義樣式的風景畫。

此作品正在台北的高土畫廊展出,展題叫「未曾改變的風景」。

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Paintings of people and lush scenery by Taiwanese artist Paco Uong 台灣藝術家翁明哲:人和鬱鬱蔥蔥的風景畫作

Paco Uong is inspired by his travels to Asian countries and his home country, Taiwan. In his paintings, swarms of people populate the markets, wetlands, and well-known tourist spots. Instead of brushes, Uong uses painting knives to spread oil paint on the canvas, giving the scenes in his paintings more texture. Due to the angular strokes, the figures in his paintings seem to be constantly moving and interacting with one another. The artist also makes abundant use of bright colors, affirming the natural liveliness of each scenery.

The pieces collected here are part of an ongoing exhibit at Mingshan Art in Taipei.

翁明哲的靈感來自亞洲國家及台灣的旅遊,他畫作中的人慢性於市場,濕地,和其他景點。他用畫刀代替畫筆在畫布上塗上油漆,讓畫作更有質感,藉由角形的筆觸使得他畫作中的人物看起來不斷地移動和互相交流,藝術家也利用鮮豔的色彩來描繪出風景的生動與活潑。

此作品正在台北的名山藝術展出。

taichung guanmei wetlandGaomei Wetlands, Taichung, Photo courtesy of Mingshan Art

thailand railway marketMaeklong Railway Market, Thailand, Photo courtesy of Mingshan Art

Banciao North Gate marketBanciao North Gate Market, Photo courtesy of Mingshan Art

200_澳門大三巴_110x196+cm_2016_油彩畫布Ruins of St. Paul’s, Macau, Photo courtesy of Mingshan Art

 

Yang Hsing-Sheng’s paintings of Taiwanese Landscapes

In the article The Essence of Taiwan: The Journey of Yang Hsing-Sheng, Art History Professor Li Chin-Hsien writes, “For decades, the landscape paintings of Yang Hsing-Sheng start from Tamsui and extend to different corners of Taiwan. Yang targets rural locations that are yet to be developed in an attempt to capture the essence of Taiwan. The images are peaceful, succinct, and mellow, without any trace of impurities from technology or culture.”

Most of Yang’s works are imbued with warm colors as if the sun never sets in his paintings.

Sesame Farm (I-lan County)Sesame Farm (Yilan County), 1997, Photo courtesy of  Ravenel International Art Group

楊興生新作〈淡水老街巷弄〉

Tamsui Old Street Alley, 2013, Oil on canvas, Photo courtesy of Liberty Times

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Landscape (triptych), 1986, Oil on paper, Photo courtesy of  Ravenel International Art Group

Green Landscape

Green landscape, Undated, Oil on canvas, Photo courtesy of  Ravenel International Art Group

 

Japanese graphic designer Makoto Saito’s portraits of iconic images

One of the world’s renowned graphic designers, Makoto Saito blurs iconic images by applying small drops of paint of contrasting colors. This culminates into an outburst of colors that reveal the subject’s state of mind. As Saito said, “What I’m thinking now is, I would like to express not just the pretty surface of things, but also the internalized ugly parts as well.” Saito is a graphic designer, a poster designer, and an artist.

The pieces shown below are part of an on-going show at Whitestone Gallery in Taipei titled I Love Taiwan (Part 3).

You can see more of his works on Artsy.

Makoto Saito 是世界上最有名的平面設計師之一,他利用壓克力油漆小滴小滴地滴在著名的圖像上,來模糊圖像,藉由突出豐富的顏色,呈現出主題的心涵。Saito說:「我在想,我想要做的是不僅要表達事物美麗的表面,而且要表達他內在醜陋的部分。」除了平面設計以外,Saito也是海報設計師和藝術家。

此作品正在台北的白石畫廊展出中,展題叫【我愛台灣之3】系列的其中兩個作品。

更多作品請參考藝術家Artsy的頁面。

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Portrait of Jean-Michel Basquiat X (2012), Oil ink and acrylic on canvas, 195.7 x 160.4 cm

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Portrait of B.B. (2014), Oil on canvas, 170 x 175 cm