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Chuang Che Biography

It was in the late 1960s, when Director Alice King first saw Chuang Che's works in the home of a friend in New York. Painted in the style of Western Abstract Expressionism, the image remained vividly in her mind, and in 1982 the gallery began exhibiting his works. Born in 1934 in Beijing, China, Chuang's early education was steeped in classical Chinese painting and calligraphy. His father, Chuang Shangyen, was the Vice-Director of the National Palace Museum in Beijing and so Chuang Che had many opportunities to see the museum's collection first-hand. In 1949, he immigrated to Taiwan with his family, and graduated with a Fine Arts degree from the Taiwan Normal University in 1957 having studied drawing under Chu Teh-chun. It was during this period that Chuang co-founded the Fifth Moon Group, which advocated that Chinese artists experiment with traditional Chinese art and Western avant-garde art - in particular Abstract Expressionism. The art historian Michael Sullivan wrote that Chuang Che artwork "rejected the tien (dots) and ts'un (texture strokes) altogether" creating "[Franz] Kline-like gestures". (The Meeting of Eastern and Western Art, pg. 199) By the 1960s, having won an Asian Cultural Council Fellowship to study in the United States, he began travelling to Europe and the United States. In 1973 he settled in Ann Harbour, Michigan, and in 1988 moved to New York where he continues to work. Since the 1960s, he has made a concerted attempt to revolutionise Chinese landscape painting, incorporating abstract elements in acrylic and oil.

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Since 1982, Alisan Fine Arts has held five solo exhibitions for the artist. His works have also been included in several of the gallery's important group exhibitions, such as Abstraction and Beyond held in 1997 at the Hong Kong Arts Centre, and in the same year at the Shanghai Art Museum The Chinese Root: Works by Mainland and Overseas Chinese Artists. His works have been collected by the Cleveland Museum of Art; Detroit Institute of Art; Cornell University; Fine Art Museum, Flint, Michigan; National Museum of History, Taipei; Taipei Fine Arts Museum; China Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing; Shanghai Art Museum; Guangdong Museum of Art; Hong Kong Museum of Art.

Text courtesy Alisan Fine Arts.

Chuang Che Featured Artworks

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Composition 1979 by Chuang Che contemporary artwork
Chuang CheComposition 1979, 1979Oil and acrylic on linen
88 x 121 cm
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Emptiness in Welkin by Chuang Che contemporary artwork
Chuang CheEmptiness in Welkin, 2004Acrylic and oil on canvas
173 x 173 cm
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Landscape 10 by Chuang Che contemporary artwork
Chuang CheLandscape 10, 1972Mixed Media on canvas
130 x 85 cm
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Stand Alone on the World by Chuang Che contemporary artwork
Chuang CheStand Alone on the World, 2008Acrylic on canvas
171.5 x 346 cm
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Abstract by Chuang Che contemporary artwork
Chuang CheAbstract, 1989Acrylic and oil on paper
56 x 98 cm
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Landscape 77-8 by Chuang Che contemporary artwork
Chuang CheLandscape 77-8, 1977Oil on canvas
89.6 x 123 cm
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Sesshu's Spirit III 雪舟魂 (三) by Chuang Che contemporary artwork
Chuang CheSesshu's Spirit III 雪舟魂 (三), 2002Oil & arcylic on linen
167.5 x 127 cm
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Composition 2017 by Chuang Che contemporary artwork
Chuang CheComposition 2017, 2017Oil and acrylic on canvas
127 x 168 cm
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Chuang Che Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Chuang Che, As Lofty as a Mountain 1960-2019 at Asia Art Center, Taipei
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15 January–3 May 2020 Chuang Che As Lofty as a Mountain 1960-2019 Asia Art Center, Taipei II

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Chuang Che In Ocula Magazine

Taipei Lowdown: Shows to See Ocula Report Taipei Lowdown: Shows to See By Tessa Moldan, Taipei

As Taipei Dangdai returns for its second edition between 17 and 19 January 2020 at the Nangang Exhibition Center, a selection of exhibitions across the city confirm Taipei as one of the region's most exciting art hubs.

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