臺南囡仔顏水龍──從臺灣出發 展望世界的藝術 Yen Shui-long – The son of Tainan: Arts from Taiwan for the World
名稱 臺南囡仔顏水龍──從臺灣出發 展望世界的藝術 Yen Shui-long – The son of Tainan: Arts from Taiwan for the World
時間 2023/11/03 10:00 ~ 2024/03/03 18:00
Yen Shui-long was born in Tainan’s Xiaying District. He lost his parents at a young age and lived with his sister and grandmother, experiences which gave him an independent and strong-willed personality. After graduating from a teacher training institute, he took a teaching post at a school. It was during this time that he met one of his colleagues, Takeo Sawada, who inspired him to pursue art studies in Japan. Yen Shui-long worked hard to save money to buy a ticket to Tokyo, and embarked on his journey into the world of art without looking back.
Through his experience at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts and his subsequent painting studies in France, Yen Shui-long cultivated a keen perception of beauty and a broad perspective. Upon returning to Taiwan after years abroad, he noticed a lack of sensitivity to beauty among his fellow countrymen, and thus began advocating for the concept of "Life as Beauty," emphasizing the importance of aesthetics in everyday life. Still, he held a deep appreciation for the unique crafts of his homeland, and practiced his ideals by traveling extensively across Taiwan to document, research and promote local craftsmanship. Though he continued to visit other countries, discovering new artistic knowledge, and bringing it back with him to Taiwan. Most of his time was spent quietly and diligently working on the promotion of Taiwanese craftsmanship, earning him the title of: "the Father of Taiwanese Crafts."
Yen Shui-long has been active in the art world since early. He once remarked that painting was the true love of his life, and no matter how busy his work at the Craft Research and Development Institute was during the day, he would always pick up his brush in the peace and quiet of the night to create depictions of the people, events, objects, and landscapes he cherished. He was particularly focused on the cultures and ways of life of Taiwan's indigenous peoples. Yen Shui-long's dedication to art was evident in his passion for sketching while traveling. He always carried a sketchbook with him, so that he could capture his observations and experiences with his drawing tools.
This exhibition primarily focuses on Yen Shui-long's sketches from various periods, oil painting works exploring themes related to Tainan, and craft design products. Through this exhibition, we hope to provide the audience with an initial understanding and recognition of Yen Shui-long's diverse achievements, and also his creative process and context.
Advisor: Tainan City Government
Organizer: Tainan Art Museum
Curatorial & Executive Team: Curatorial Department of the Tainan Art Museum
Special Thanks: National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute, Tainan City Museum, Tzu Yang Ceramics , The Yen’s Family