Sun, Jun 25, 2000 - Page 18 News List

Strength amid chaos

Taiwan artist Chen Hsing-wan has drawn on inspiration from the German expressionist movement, travels through Nazi concentration camps and the desolate Sahara to create intensely introspective works characterized by free-flowing lines and stark colors

By Chang Ju-ping  /  STAFF REPORTER

Chen has come a long way since she graduated from the National Academy of Art. She started to study with master Li Chung-shen (李仲生), widely dubbed as the father of modern art in Taiwan, in 1981. Li showed her how to be improvisational and expressive with her artistic creation, such as pouring pigment on to the paper and letting the ink flow, or following unconscious hand movement to build up lines and images.

Chen had her first solo exhibition in 1984 in Taipei, and has reached out since then to far flung places such as Cairo, Paris, and Lubeck, Germany.

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