“When I was a kid, I would start drawing whenever I got hold of a drawing pen,” said Chang Chun-chieh, who is 24 years old and likes painting anywhere and everything. His artistic creativity can be seen in his sketch books, on the dining tables or even walls. After growing up, his graffiti habit still stayed with him, but he also began to sketch real objects and developed his abstract style. Black and white are the two primary colors that he uses to construct irregular lines and shapes.
During junior and senior high school, Chang put his paint pens aside and stopped painting for a full six years, forcibly threw himself into other pursuits, passed the entrance examination and entered the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering at National United University. He led an ordinary and peaceful life. Then, three years passed in the blink of an eye. One day in his junior year, he saw Franz Kline’s artwork, Chief. The simplicity of Kline’s lines blew Chang’s mind. When he went home that day and cleaned his room, he suddenly found his childhood sketch books. “A voice spoke to me, saying that I still love drawing the most,” said Chang.
Chang resolved to quit college. As an amateur, he went to art class for one year to drill himself in painting and obtain professional training. Afterward, he passed the exam and entered the department of fine arts at National Taiwan University of Arts.
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A few days ago, Chang’s abstract style of painting won him the second place in his first ever national contest, giving him a confidence boost. Chang says painting helps him alleviate worries; in the future, he will even consider study abroad as a way to continue to weave his painting dream.(Liberty times, translated by Ethan Zhan)
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