Hsiao Chin

“One should always try to explore the limited physical space to the maximum and to generate maximum energy in the confines of space, to learn in a material world that transcends the boundaries of time, and in so doing to grasp the deeper meanings of life. And it is through my awkward brush work and the bright primary colours that I achieve such goals.”
— Hsiao Chin, 2015

Master artist Hsiao Chin is celebrated as the pioneer of modern abstract art in Taiwan, and is widely recognised in both Eastern and Western art scenes for his major contribution to the development of Chinese modern abstract art. He was a leading member in the establishment of the Ton-Fan Art Group (Eastern Painting Society) in Taiwan, which was acclaimed as the first abstract art movement in China. In the 1950s he started exploring abstract art which was based on his core concept of “Eastern Spirit”: the quest for Eastern spirituality and modern artistic expression. Hsiao established his own artistic approach as well as a unique vision on how art should be created. His works have been exhibited around the world, and collected by such important institutions as New York’s MoMA and Metropolitan Museum, National Art Museum of China, Museum of Modern Art, Barcelona, and National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts.

Dancing Lights-8, Acrylic on canvas, 110 cm x 140 cm, 1963

Dancing Lights – 8, Acrylic on canvas, 110 x 140 cm, 1963

Born in 1935 in Shanghai, Hsiao moved to Taiwan with his uncle’s family in 1949 and took up formal artistic training in 1951. On 31st December 1955, he co-founded the Ton-Fan Art Group with other Taiwanese artists such as Hsia Yan and Huo Kang. Then he moved to Europe in 1956, and became a pioneer of the first-wave Modern Art Movement of post-war Taiwan, continuously introducing the latest developments of Western arts to Taiwan. Like his senior masters Lin Fengmian and Zao Wou-ki who travelled to France, Hsiao Chin was greatly motivated by Western art during his stay in Spain and subsequent moved to Italy, but developed an interest in Zen and Taoism – in particular the ideas of Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu – around the 1960s. Drawing artistic nourishment from his study of traditional Chinese culture and Eastern philosophies, he was capable of understanding and capturing the complex dialects between the void and the solid, strength and weakness. Freely transforming them into his abstract visual language, Hsiao showed great ambition to develop his own style of abstract painting that emphasized the dichotomous nature of the world, which would be at once distinguishable from, yet reflective of, Western abstract art at that time.

Having lived and worked abroad for 60 years, Hsiao has been successfully integrating his extensive studies of Western aesthetics and Eastern philosophies, as well as his interest in space science, in his artistic creation. With the efforts of self-discovery and a spiritual quest for transcendence, Hsiao’s creative process is rooted in his perpetual exploration of the deepest meanings in man’s spiritual world. With the endless adventure of abstract art and self-reflection, throughout his lifetime Hsiao has been pursuing the ideal realm of “Nature and Man in One” greatly beyond the boundaries of life and death.

ARTWORK

The Origin – Art Archival Exhibition

蕭勤,《炁之源-3》, 布上水墨 Hsiao Chin, ‘L’origine del Chi-3’, Ink on canvas, 40 cm x 60 cm, 1962

蕭勤,《動態-2》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Movement – 2’, Acrylic on canvas, 60 cm x 80 cm, 1963

蕭勤,《靜》, 布上水墨 Hsiao Chin, ‘Il silenzio’, Ink on canvas, 80 cm x 70 cm, 1962

蕭勤,《四方能量》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Le forze di Quattro Parte’, Acrylic on canvas, 79 cm x 101 cm, 1961

1960’s, An Important Era: Hsiao Chin Salon Show

蕭勤,《光之躍動-15》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Dancing Light – 15’, Acrylic on canvas, 110 cm x 140 cm, 1963

蕭勤,《動態-3》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Movement – 3’, Acrylic on canvas, 60 cm x 80 cm, 1963

蕭勤,《道》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Dao’, Acrylic on canvas, 69 cm x 64 cm, 1962

蕭勤,《四元》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Four Elements’, Acrylic on canvas, 79 cm x 97 cm, 1969

蕭勤,《連》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘The Link’, Acrylic on canvas, 110 cm x 90 cm, 1963

蕭勤,《擴張》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Expansion’, Acrylic on canvas, 110 cm x 90 cm, 1965

蕭勤,《在黑暗深處》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Nel profondo delle Tenebre’, Acrylic on canvas, 135 cm x 65 cm, 1965

蕭勤,《無形》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Invisible’, Acrylic on canvas, 50 cm x 70 cm, 1964

蕭勤,《力聚-1》, 紙上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Gathering the Force-1’, Acrylic on paper, 45 cm x 45 cm, 1965

Fine Art Asia 2016

蕭勤,《一個有力量的明天》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Tomorrow is a Day full of Energy’, Acrylic on canvas, 140 cm x 110 cm, 2014

蕭勤,《哎!中國人》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Sigh! Chinese People’, Acrylic on canvas, 110 cm x 140 cm, 2014

蕭勤,《二界間的能》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Energies between Two Dimensions’, Acrylic on canvas, 110 cm x 140 cm, 1997

蕭勤,《光之躍動 – 7》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Dancing Light – 7’, Acrylic on canvas, 110 cm x 140 cm, 1963

蕭勤,《光之躍動 – 15》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Dancing Light -15’, Acrylic on canvas, 140 cm x 110 cm, 1963

蕭勤,《往永久的花園 – 4》, 玻璃馬賽克 Hsiao Chin, ‘To the Eternal Garden – 4’, Glass mosaic, 120 cm x 80 cm x 3, 1992/2015

蕭勤,《往永久的花園 – 8》, 玻璃馬賽克 Hsiao Chin, ‘To the Eternal Garden – 8’, Glass mosaic, 120 cm x 80 cm x 3, 1992/2015

蕭勤,《無形》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Invisible’, Acrylic on canvas, 50 cm x 70 cm, 1964

蕭勤,《超越大限外- 66》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Transcending beyond the Great Threshold- 66’, Acrylic on canvas, 100 cm x 140 cm, 1995

蕭勤,《超越大限之冥想》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Contemplazione superamento della grande soglia’, Acrylic on canvas, 80 cm x 110 cm, 1996

蕭勤,《跡》, 紙上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Il passo’, Acrylic on paper, 49 cm x 86.5 cm, 1995

蕭勤,《能量-2》, 紙上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Energy-2’, Acrylic on paper, 45.5 cm x 45 cm, 1972

Summer Show 2016

蕭勤,《二界間的能》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Energies between Two Dimensions’, Acrylic on canvas, 110 cm x 140 cm, 1997

蕭勤,《省思之旅》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘A Journey of Self-Reflection’, Acrylic on canvas, 90 cm x 110 cm , 1995

蕭勤,《飛越永久的花園 – 19》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Flying over the Eternal Garden- 19’, Acrylic on canvas, 110 cm x 250 cm, 1998

蕭勤,《心靈的體現 – 33》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Samadhi – 33’, Acrylic on canvas, 60 cm x 40 cm, 1996

蕭勤,《光之躍動 – 7》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Dancing Light – 7’, Acrylic on canvas, 110 cm x 140 cm, 1963

蕭勤,《無形》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Invisible’, Acrylic on canvas, 50 cm x 70 cm, 1964

蕭勤,《哭-天安門25週年》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Cry – 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square’, Acrylic on canvas, 110 cm x 140 cm, 2014

蕭勤,《一個有力量的明天》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Tomorrow is a Day full of Energy’, Acrylic on canvas, 140 cm x 110 cm, 2014

蕭勤,《哎!中國人》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Sigh! Chinese People’, Acrylic on canvas, 110 cm x 140 cm, 2014

Endless Energy – Hsiao Chin Solo Exhibition

蕭勤,《光之躍動 – 8》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Dancing Light – 8’, Acrylic on canvas, 110 cm x 140 cm, 1963

蕭勤,《跡》, 紙上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Il passo’, Acrylic on paper, 49 cm x 86.5 cm, 1973

蕭勤,《逾》, 紙上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Pass over’, Acrylic on paper, 36 cm x 65 cm, 1973

蕭勤,《力聚 – 1》, 紙上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Gathering the Force – 1’, Acrylic on paper, 45 cm x 45 cm , 1965

蕭勤,《能量 – 2》, 紙上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Energy – 2’, Acrylic on paper, 45.5 cm x 45 cm, 1972

蕭勤,《獨省》, 紙上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Meditazione da solo’, Acrylic on paper, 63 cm x 34 cm, 2012

蕭勤,《疊 – 2》, 紙上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Fold up – 2’, Acrylic on paper, 77 cm x 47.5 cm, 1998

蕭勤,《炁之始 – 2》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Beginning of Chi – 2’, Acrylic on canvas, 70 cm x 140 cm , 1983

蕭勤,《揚》, 紙上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘To Raise’, Acrylic on paper, 48 cm x 68 cm, 1998

蕭勤,《和諧》, 紙上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘L’armonia’, Acrylic on paper, 67 cm x 100 cm, 1998

蕭勤,《超越大限外》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Transcending beyond the Great Threshold’, Acrylic on canvas, 80 cm x 110 cm, 1996

蕭勤,《超越大限之冥想》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Contemplazione superamento della grande soglia’, Acrylic on canvas, 80 cm x 110 cm, 1996

蕭勤,《超越大限外 – 66》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Transcending beyond the Great Threshold – 66’, Acrylic on canvas, 100 cm x 140 cm, 1995

蕭勤,《上善若水》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘L’ottimismo e’ come l’acqua’, Acrylic on canvas, 70 cm x 80 cm, 2000

蕭勤,《玄牝 – 2》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Xuan Pin – 2’, Acrylic on canvas, 70 cm x 88 cm, 2000

蕭勤,《莎蔓妲之昇華 – 6》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Samantha’s Ascension – 6’, Acrylic on canvas, 140 cm x 100 cm , 1991

蕭勤,《心靈的體現 – 33》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Samadhi – 33’, Acrylic on canvas, 60 cm x 40 cm, 1996

蕭勤,《飛越永久的花園 – 19》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Flying over the Eternal Garden – 19’, Acrylic on canvas, 110 cm x 250 cm, 1998

蕭勤,《二界間的能》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Energies between Two Dimensions’, Acrylic on canvas, 110 cm x 140 cm, 1997

蕭勤,《省思之旅》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘A Journey of Self-Reflection’, Acrylic on canvas, 90 cm x 110 cm , 1995

蕭勤,《飛越永久的花園 – 11》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Flying over the Eternal Garden – 11’, Acrylic on canvas, 110 cm x 140 cm, 1996

蕭勤,《內悅》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Inner joy’, Acrylic on canvas, 143 cm x 290 cm, 2014

蕭勤,《哭-天安門25週年》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Cry – 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square’, Acrylic on canvas, 110 cm x 140 cm, 2014

蕭勤,《明天的希望》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Hope for Tomorrow’, Acrylic on canvas, 110 cm x 140 cm, 2014

蕭勤,《哎!中國人》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Sigh! Chinese People’, Acrylic on canvas, 110 cm x 140 cm, 2014

蕭勤,《一個有力量的明天》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Tomorrow is a Day full of Energy’, Acrylic on canvas, 140 cm x 110 cm, 2014

蕭勤,《連》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘The Link’, Acrylic on canvas, 110 cm x 90 cm, 1963

蕭勤,《迴旋》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Il Tornare’, Acrylic on canvas, 90 cm x 110 cm, 1962

蕭勤,《光之躍動 – 6》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Dancing Light – 6’, Acrylic on canvas, 90 cm x 140 cm, 1963

蕭勤,《光之躍動 – 7》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Dancing Light – 7’, Acrylic on canvas, 110 cm x 140 cm, 1963

蕭勤,《動態 – 3》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Movement – 3’, Acrylic on canvas, 60 cm x 80 cm, 1963

蕭勤,《無形》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Invisible’, Acrylic on canvas, 50 cm x 70 cm, 1964