A noted Taiwanese painter is honoring Hung Tzu-yung (洪慈庸), sister of the late army corporal Hung Chung-chiu (洪仲丘), by completing an oil painting portrait of her and putting it on public display at the launch of his art gallery in Changhua City.
Hung Tzu-yung has been in the media spotlight since the death of her brother on July 4, due to alleged abuse by his superiors while serving in the army, as she and her family sought truth and justice for her brother amid claims of cover-ups by military authorities.
The investigation and subsequent developments have received extensive news coverage, and Hung Tzu-yung’s determined spirit and her articulate public statements have left an impression in the public mind.
“Hung Tzu-yung has courage and strong determination. She fights to seek the truth,” artist Chen Lai-hsing (陳來興) said.
“She is the embodiment of the Taiwanese spirit,” the award-winning artist added.
Chen, 64, received awards at the Taiwan National Art Exhibition, and has been invited to display his works in the US, Canada and other countries.
He is a top-rated modern artist and his works are representative of the Taiwanese spirit and culture, art critics said.
“When working on the painting, I wanted to bring out the resolute character shown in her eyes, although she was wearing eyeglasses and a surgical mask,” he said.
“Other elements of the developing news of the Hung case were also put into the painting,” he added.
Although the portrait is not yet complete, he has finished another, smaller portrait of Hung and will deliver both paintings to her as commemorative gifts.
“In Hung Tzu-yung’s eyes, I witnessed the most incredible example of the Taiwanese spirit, as well as her courage and determination,” Chen said.