Chihung Yang was active/lived in New York / China, Taiwan, Province of China. Chihung Yang is known for abstract nature.
Biography from Christie's Hong Kong
very short. There isn't much time left for creation. Artists leave
traces through creating artworks, and this is the artistic value of
existence." - Yang Chi-Hung
Biography from Kingsley Art Auction
Yang Chi-Hung was born in Taiwan in 1957 and moved to the United States in 1979. Now living and working in New York, Yang Chi-Hung's
works present an intense sense of the "painterly" style. Encompassing
both the unrestrained Western spatial temporal reasoning and the Chinese
style brushstrokes of traditional calligraphy and water-and-ink
painting, Yang has gradually developed his unique style of lyrical
In his artistic career over the past four decades, Yang has been through
several stylistic transitions, from the reflection of his own
existence, to exploring the realms of cultural diversity after he moved
to the United States.
Since the 1990s, he started exploring a new style
of painting, in which "plants" become the principle axis. This stylistic
change can be illustrated in INterlink, whereby Yang adeptly
creates a light-shadow effect in the dark through the use of earth-toned
colors. The artist's deeply embedded imagination and vision are
reflected in every way, reproducing the touch of nature and constructing
abstract color fields to representing common symbols.
Similar to Interlink is The Next Day, a recent painting by
Yang that expresses the artist's power of freedom, as if revealing the
stream of consciousness in his inner world. This recent painting
transcends his early artistic style, whereby the existence of life is
expressed through the rhythmic brushwork and colors, charging the
canvas with powerful strength.
Both paintings see Yang's lifelong interest in the passing of time, and
the concept of life and death. Yang's work is profoundly philosophical,
permeated in a rich cultural and poetic atmosphere.
As the first Chinese artist ever to have participated in
exhibitions held at MoMA PS1, he has also been accredited with being the
'Outstanding Asian-American Artist'. By achieving a state of total
artistic immersion in New York, Yang took his understanding in Eastern
culture to the next level. His interests and knowledge are extensive and
profound. From Renaissance to early modern art, from contemporary
philosophy, literature, music, photography to fashion, Yang constantly
explores the complex nature and threads of Western art.
Bearing in mind
the mission of introducing Western art to Chinese readers, he tirelessly
wrote articles discussing New York art scene during his time in the
Yang's publication Modern Art and Trends in 1987 has greatly inspired many young artists in Asia.
After practicing art for almost half a century, Yang's art has
experienced six different stages. Eastern Poetics Series started in 2011
- a time when his abstract language had matured. Depicting a inner
world of easiness, comfort and power, Yang's art reflects an intriguing
interplay of Eastern and Western cultures and art - it transcends the
border and boundary.
Yang Chihung's new work in 2013 Pushing aside the
Cloud is infused with a lively sense of motion akin to the dramatic
turbulence caused by storms and atmospheric currents. This pictorial
movement is subject to an inner force and centripetal structure and is a
result of artist's dexterity and careful considerations of composition.
It also fully attests to Yang's dedication and inner strength - a peace
of mind that comes from observing life and the universe; and more often
than not the artist's own life experiences and reflections thereon.
Pushing aside the Cloud is a clear indication of the exquisite language
of which Yang focuses as he transforms life experiences and
psychological awareness into abstract art. As British scholar John
Berger has said: 'All the languages of art have been developed as an
attempt to transform the instantaneous into the permanent.'
Born in Taoyuan, Taiwan in 1947, and graduated from National Taiwan College of Art in 1968.
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the early 1980s, Yang Chi-Hung was living in New York; he was one of
the second-generation overseas artists. During the first few years in
New York, he frequently visited major galleries and art museums in an
effort to expand his horizon and gather information. He became very
familiar with the works and background of New Painting Artists;
meanwhile, his effort fuel passion into his canvas and made his work
responsive to feedback. Such responsiveness means more than an acute
sense and courage, it also challenges the artist's character. It is
therefore that his works always convey poetic as well as elegant style,
and receive high recommendation and praise from art field.
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