Art Revolution Taipei 2018
Interview with Artists (6)

Listening to artists sharing their favorite things, attitude of life, and ideals in their hearts brings us so much closer to the artists!
In this interview we will introduce to you ten artists: (1) Taiwan, Joe Wu, (2) Taiwan, Rolando Lee (3) Taiwan, Qi Yu (4) Taiwan, Liang Pei-Zheng (5) Taiwan, Huang Chin-Chuan (6) Taiwan, Wang Chien-Chieh (7) Taiwan, LrB (8) China, Chen Jianxin (9) China, Wu Yanqun (10) China, Liu Liming


(1) Joe Wu
1983, Taiwan
~ These paintings appear 3-dimenional. You can take fluorescent UV light
to shine on the paintings, and the paintings will light up. ~

I want to express a harmonious energy, a symbol of peace ~ ~ When I hear the rhythm of music, I see colors, and then express my creativity with that rhythm.

Paintings can connect people with music, give people vitality, and passion for life so that everyone can enhance the positive, harmonious and compassionate energy which is what I want to create.

The paintings have layers. If you look at the paintings with ChromaDepth, these paintings appear three-dimensional. You can also use the fluorescent UV light to shine on the paintings, and the painting will light up. The same painting can be viewed in three or four ways.


(2) Rolando Lee
1968, Taiwan
~ Taiwanese people should be sunnier and enjoying life happily. ~

My work focuses on unique animals and plants from Taiwan. I want to showcase Taiwan, to present Taiwan through my work.

The early Taiwanese artists portrayed buffalos as hard-working, and that is their viewpoint about buffalos in that era. But in modern times, I feel that I should be sunnier and enjoying life happily. Therefore, the buffalos I depicted were rather more peaceful, cuddling with one another. I named it "Heart to Heart". A male and a female interacted with each other and felt very happy.

2D paintings have only one angle. A photograph may suffice the need of creation. Some people are more meticulous and may need lots of angles to fulfill their creativity. And to make a ceramic, it requires many angels. Therefore, many detailed photographs are needed to assist with making a ceramic.

To make a Taiwan's blue magpie, one must bring a camera to Yangming Mountain to observe and to take the necessary angles and detailed photos, as the basic material for creation because a three-dimensional work must have many angles.


(3) Qi Yu
1969, China
~Qi Yu's cloth porcelain painting is very popular in Europe and America~

Represented Gallery: Qi Yu's cloth porcelain painting uses the one and only, unique method in the world. Porcelain paintings are usually presented through tile painting and ceramic prints. Qi Yu's creation contains Chinese elements, and he does the "porcelain symbol" ~ passing down the porcelain symbol painting. There are galleries in the world representing him, and he is very popular in Europe and America.

Throughout history, ceramics is the only kind of artwork that has been continuously passing down. Even the famous Chinese silk had been discontinued at one point. Almost no one has created this kind of porcelain painting. The artist’s implicit meaning and intention are worth appreciation.


(4) Liang Pei-Zheng
1950, Taiwan
~ Art is not uncommon. It is an element of life where you can find art everywhere.~

This creation is based on daily life, integrating art into life and integrating life into art.

The soy-stewed pork is a memory of childhood life because my family was not very wealthy and we hardly ate meat when I was a child. One time, my grandfather who had been away from home for a long time brought meat home. That scene was hard to forget. The taste of soy-stewed pork would not be forgotten in my mind for a long time, so I painted it down.

I have always loved coffee since I was young. I must drink two cups a day. Coffee is a pleasure in life. I bake coffee beans myself, brew the coffee myself, and collect a lot of coffee-making utensils. It is a hobby I enjoy.

Every coffee bean is different. I spend a long time drawing it slowly and feeling the feeling of handcrafted utensils. Turkish coffee in Europe is made with hand-made utensils. I like the handmade taste. The wooden utensils accompanied with the metal ones feel very comfortable. I would go to the European flea market to buy second-hand coffee-making products. I feel that there is an aroma floating out~~

I like to capture colors, light and shadows. My artwork is from elements of life. Art is not uncommon. It is an element of life where you can find art everywhere. Like this picture, I want to capture the light of the apple. The apple is peeled thin and almost transparent with a little bee inside, and there are few drops of water on such bright color.


(5) Huang Chin-Chuan
1962, Taiwan
~ I bring practical art and fine art together to create different sparks~

I studied art and crafts when I was at school so I like to bring practical art and fine art together to create different sparks.

This series, "A series of the Calligraphy in Painting” won me a spot at this year’s exhibition. It’s a series that I’ve been working on the last 4 to 5 years. Although all the work here is the same series, each stage is different. From the earliest black and white to the most recent colors, there are also calligraphy and Chinese ink painting


(6) Wang Chien-Chieh
1983, Taiwan
~ Looking at the outside world through water droplets, maybe there will be new ideas~

The theme of my work is on "water droplets". Why do I choose water droplets? A while back when I was taking the MRT, it was raining heavily. Watching the rain drops on the glass gave me the idea to use water droplets as a theme. Seeing the world or anything through the rain drops may inspire new ideas. And that’s how I started a new series on water droplets.

My inspiration comes from the scenery of rain or the sunset after rain and flowers, animals, plants, and people in the rain.


(7) LrB
1985, Taiwan
~ Sky is very interesting. It can be whatever you image it to be. ~

The main character of my work is a shy little girl, and some part of her also represents myself, which is often in a daze.

When I daze, I enjoy looking at the sky and the clouds. I’ve been doing it since I was a child. I often wonder if I can see something, like an animal, or some imagination.

I think the sky is very interesting. It can be whatever you imagine it to be. Of course, the reality is that there are just white clouds. Nevertheless, it’s a world where both illusion and reality co-exist. The reality is the white clouds, and the illusion depends on my imagination.

When bad things happen, it depends how your heart chooses to look at these things. You can imagine that it is very whimsical, very colorful, very cute, and that can help you get through it when facing difficulties. I hope to bring people wonderful thoughts through my work.


(8) Chen Jianxin
1956, China
~ I focus on the flow and movement of fish and water. There is a folk saying that "The water is moved by the downwind, and life is abundant every year"~

Last year's theme was mainly chicken, and this year carp was added. I think painting is about daily life, so I am more interested in depicting the sunshine and nature. In addition, the fish I brought this time is to present "Good luck, wishes come true, feel like a fish in water." I focus on depicting the flow of fish and water, and the life of fish. There is a folk saying "The water is moved by the downwind, and life is abundant every year." This is the kind of feeling I want to express.

This is my second time to participate in the exhibition. I deeply feel that the artistic atmosphere in Taipei is more suitable for me. The humanistic environment is also quite good. There is a kind of affinity that makes me feel at home. I feel that I am enjoying it here and I have gained so much respect from people. I wish to come back next year.


(9) Wu Yanqun
1982, China
~ Incorporating Western techniques into Chinese ink paintings~

Gallery introduction: Yanqun Wu tends to use Chinese ink painting technique. He studied Western painting first, therefore, he also uses the western techniques in his Chinese ink paintings.


(10) Liu Liming
1972, China
~Liming Liu's works are mostly on natural scenery~

Gallery introduction: Liming Lu’s works are mainly realistic paintings. The works he brought this time are mostly on natural scenery.

The two artists are very happy to promote their works here at Art Revolution Taipei and expose their work to more people. This is the first time that our gallery has participated in A.R.T. In the exchanges with other galleries and artists, we feel that we have benefited tremendously.