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Composition #29 - Available
Oil on canvas, 41 x 55 inches
Artist Chuang Che was born in Beijing, China in 1934 and grew up in Taiwan. His father, Chuang Shang-Yen, was a scholar, calligrapher and assistant director of the National Palace Museum, in Beijing. As a young child, Che’s father taught him to master calligraphy in the Chinese tradition. This instruction in calligraphy was well before Chuang Che took up painting. But, Chuang Che’s introduction to calligraphy did influence his artwork throughout his career. It taught him the soft brush technique of applying the graceful finesse of “washes” while incorporating the famous techniques of Chinese calligraphy.
Chuang Che artist training was at the Fine Arts Department at the Taiwan Provincial University (now National Taiwan Normal University) from 1954 to 1957. He joined the “Fifth Moon Group” in 1958 and was one of the primary members of that group.
Chuang Che devoted tremendous energy to the study of painting. This gave him vast knowledge about painting theories and abstract painting. His techniques with abstract landscape paintings are nature’s manifestation of the physical world. Influenced by calligraphy, Chuang’s lines, forms and compositions have spiritual momentum. He uses the paintbrush to lay down fantastic colors and spaces in a rhythmic and ecstatic manner. Chuang Che’s painting compositions include organic drips and splashes of paint. This style infuses feelings of force, gravitas and desolation in his art.
From 1963 to 1973, he taught in the Department of Architecture at Tunghai University. This is when Chuang Che became well known for his artwork. In 1966, Che earned a J.D. Rockefeller III Fund travel grant to study in the United States. Following this, many corporate and public institutions took note of his unique artwork. Some of his art is now at the Cleveland Art Museum and the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Chuang Che artistic works merge the traditional Chinese art techniques of his heritage with the Abstract Expressionist influences of his time spent in Europe and America. This meeting of East and West is at the forefront of his artwork. He remarks: “No art can mature by itself; it has to absorb nutrition from the rest of the world’s art. I’ve always had this ideal; to see a fusion of Chinese and Western painting.”
Che moved to the United States in 1973. His artwork has been shown at museums and galleries in many countries, including North and South America, Europe and Asia.