時間 2021/04/01 10:00 ~ 2021/09/21 18:00
Chen Huei-Tung, born in Tainan, is a celebrated all-round artist in portrait, landscape, and still life painting. Chen was highly experimental in his early career, urging him to later explore expressionism, abstract art, and realism. Moreover, by paying close attention to international trends in the art world and having sojourned in Europe and the United States, the artist has been constantly reflecting on his thoughts and internalizing past experiences, eventually developing a unique painting style of spiritual realism.
Chen’s works reveal strong enthusiasm, detailed observation, and remarkable insights. For example, in his paintings, the resilience, industriousness, and optimism of fishermen are captured. His portraits present the subjects’ appearance and emotions, which vividly depict their internal moods, feelings, as well as ideas and touch viewers’ hearts. Chen’s portraits illustrate the affection between family members and warmth between friends, highlighting the painter’s unique style in Taiwanese portrait painting.
Chen’s landscapes are full of natural vigor, in which he captured subtle movements of the air, water, light, shadows, and objects. The painter discloses the mysterious existence of the nature and sings praises of the earth for its vitality and breathtaking beauty. Following the exhibitions of Kuo Po-Chuan, Kuo Hsueh-Hu, Hsu Wu-Yung, and Hung Tung, the Tainan Art Museum—dedicated to establishing Taiwanese art history— held a solo exhibition for Chen Huei-Tung. Tilted “The Exploration of Beauty: Chen Huei-Tung Solo Exhibition”, the exhibition displays the artist’s journey in art creation over the past six decades and aesthetic world.
Artist’s statement, Chen Huei-Tung
''Continuous Aesthetic Exploration''
The “Exploration of Beauty: Chen Huei-Tung Solo Exhibition” held in the Tainan Art Museum (TAM) features more than 100 artworks painted throughout my career. Despite being only part of my creations, they have fully presented the traits of art creation in different periods.
My journey as an artist started when I devoted myself to exploring beauty at a young age. In the 1960s, where information was limited in the field of fine art, I developed painting techniques of the then-popular modern art styles. Being physically and mentally young, I had a strong desire to make a breakthrough from existing concepts and gain popular and innovative perspectives. Therefore, on the basis of realism, I began learning about abstract ideas of art, which explains why my works during this exploratory period was full of semi-abstract style. By the 1970s, I turned to focus on the everyday life surroundings by listening to my inner voice, which drove me to depict scenes of daily life in my hometown Tainan. The inner voice and attention allowed me to be touched by realism again, after which I managed to express emotion resonance using realistic techniques. I resonated with the touchingness. I felt by portraying fishermen and fishing boats in Tainan; I also created female nude paintings to show my human observations and appreciation of the beauty of the human body, which reflected my passion for human emotions in this world.
Tg said, my return to realism at that time was intentionally combined with abstract concepts on the canvas. In addition to drawing real objects, I added abstract rendition of the color, composition, posture, and atmosphere so as to create a poetic image. Moreover, I was often invited to exhibit my works abroad then, from which the experience broadened my horizon. The trips to Europe and the States in the 1970s and following years enabled me to transform beautiful things I saw into those I painted, exhibiting the process of recording the feeling of being touched by things I saw using a paintbrush. At this stage, I continually pushed myself and sharpened my painting skills.
The aforementioned process is illustrated by some of the works—featuring flowers, human figures, nude women, ships, scenery, and inanimate objects—in this exhibition, the series of which are often favored by collectors.
I have devoted myself to painting and regraded art as a faith for 60 years. Other than concentrating on being an artist, I helped establish the Tainan Cultural Center to contribute to my beloved city. In 2000, under the support of the then mayor Lai Ching-Te, the construction of the TAM was approved after eight years of effort. During the construction, challenges had been overcome one by one. Now, seeing that the museum has become a cultural destination of Tainan, I can’t put the touchingness and gratefulness into words. After contributing to cultural development in the city where I have lived in my whole life, I am an artist again, pushing myself and focusing on exploring the new level of art. It is my pleasure to host an exhibition at the TAM and present works throughout my life as well as the journey in art, which means a lot to me as someone who has contributed to the birth of this venue.
I would like to thank the museum for inviting me, my wife who has been supported me when I became a painter, … Still, I feel powerful with endless inspirations in the world of art. Exploration of beauty is everlasting and I look forward to starting a new journey of beauty exploration at this exhibition. Thank you for coming, which encourages me to keep my passion for art creation.