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Chihung Yang

 (born 1947)
Chihung Yang was active/lived in New York / China, Taiwan, Province of China.  Chihung Yang is known for abstract nature.

Chihung Yang

Biography from Christie's Hong Kong

"Life is 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

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 abstraction.  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 United States.  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.'

Biography from Kingsley Art Auction
Born in Taoyuan, Taiwan in 1947, and graduated from National Taiwan College of Art in 1968.
In 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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About  Chihung Yang

Born:  1947 - Taoyuan, Taiwan
Known for:  abstract nature