Sakura Obsession

October 25 - November 27, 2019

Chin-Lung Huang

Born 1963 in Taiwan, Luchia Meihua Lee is a New York-based curator interested in global contemporary art in all media, and has curated numerous exhibitions with indigenous contemporary artists and environmental art. Luchia is Executive Director of the Taiwanese American Arts Council, whose mission is forging links between Taiwanese American art communities and other parts of the American art scene. She co-edited Zhang Hongtu: Expanding Visions of a Shrinking World co-published by Duke University Press and Queens Museum. She was chief curator of the National Taiwanese Museum of Fine Arts, and deputy curator at Taipei Gallery TECO in New York City. Earlier, served as cultural specialist at the Council for Cultural Affairs (now Cultural Ministry) in Taiwan. Luchia has doctorial studied in art History and critical studies in CUNY and New York University and she earned an M. Phil in History of Art and Architecture from Trinity College, Dublin, studying medieval manuscripts.

Distinguished Professor, College of Art, National Taiwan Normal University
President of Taiwan Watercolor Association
Former Dean, College of Art, National Taiwan Normal University
Former President of Chinese-Asia-Pacific Watercolor Association
Honorary President of Taiwan International Watercolor Society
Visiting Scholar of Penn State University, 2009-2010
Honorary Membership of Australian Watercolour Institute
International Juror of American Watercolor Society, 2012

Solo Exhibitions

  • 1992 The First Solo Exhibition (Gaoke Gallery, Taipei)
  • 1993 “World of Flowers” Thematic Exhibition (Capital Arts Center, Taipei)
  • 1997 “Drifting Mind, Love for Hometown” Solo Exhibition (Cultural Center of Pingtung County)
  • 1998 “Conversation between Transparent and Non-transparent” Chin-Lung Huang Watercolor Solo
    Exhibition (Taitung Social Education Center)
  • 1999 “Constructive Images of Fishing”: Chin-Lung Huang’s Solo Exhibition (Fairmate Galley, Taipei)
  • 2000 “Glamour of Color, Rhythm of Ink”: Chin-Lung Huang’s Solo Exhibition (Howard Salon, Kaohsiung)
  • 2002 “Flowing Color of the Invisible Ink” Solo Exhibition (Gallery of Cathay United Bank, Taipei)
  • 2005 “Lyricism”: Chin-Lung Huang’s Solo Exhibition (Creative Art Center of Vanung University)
  • 2006 “Chin-Lung Huang Solo Exhibition in 2006” (Art Space of Land Bank Headquarters, Taipei)
    Sentiments from an Oriental”: Chin-Lung Huang’s Solo Exhibition (Da-Ku Cultural Arts Center, Taichung)
  • 2008 “Summit Images of Taiwan” Thematic Solo Exhibition (Gallery of Cathay United Bank, Taipei)
  • 2009 “Eastern Wind” Chin-Lung Huang’s Solo Exhibition, Seoul (Jung Gallery, Seoul, South Korea)
  • 2011 “Drifting Beauty”: Falls and Flowers” Chin-Lung Huang’s Solo Exhibition (Da-Ku Cultural Arts Center, Taichung)
    "Constructing the New Oriental Painting”- Chin-Lung Huang’s Solo Exhibition (Pingtung Art Gallery)
  • 2016 “Abandon/ Gain: East-West Artistic Encounter” (Hwang Gallery Inc., New York)
  • 2017 “Calligraphic Writing with Playful Serendipity” Chin-Lung Huang Solo Exhibition” (Taichung City Dadun Cultural Center, Taichung City)
  • 2019 “The Languages of Cherry Blossom”«??»- Chin-Lung Huang’s Solo Exhibition, Besharat Museum Gallery, Atlanta, USA

Artist Website

About the Exhibit

Chin-Lung Huang, Distinguished Professor of National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU), is an internationally renowned painter and honorary president of the Taiwan International Watercolor Society. Huang is best known for watercolors, but his oil paintings are just as stunning. Throughout his 30 years as a painter, he has been considered by many as following in the footsteps of Lin Fengmian, Xu Beihong, Sanyu and countless Taiwanese artists who led the way in "combining East and West" painting from the 1960s. Indeed, one could reasonably say that connecting the content and methodology of Eastern and Western painting has been a core issue in Huang’s creative work. In the past, his paintings have used elements on different levels and sought to integrate them based on his own personal understanding of the two genres and this is one of the reasons they have proved so popular around the world.

How difficult is "bringing East and West together"? Since the 19th Century countless artists from both sides have explored and researched the relationship between the two cultural traditions, which often appear to be diametrically opposed, particularly in the information age when globalization is an accepted fact of life. Against this backdrop the question is how does Huang Chin-lung respond to such a long-standing question without resorting to clichés and platitudes?

As such, the inclusion of materials forces "form" to take a back seat (perhaps temporarily) to volatility, flow, extension, obfuscation; instability, chance and change, so that nature and state of pigments is seen and not covered up by the severe form or outline of the cherry blossom tree. This ensures Huang Chin-lung’s painting process is seen, whether it has not started or is finished and can be characterized as elevating the "appreciation of cherry blossoms" to the higher plane of "knowing." From the emotional experience of appreciation to the knowledge and understanding that informs painting objects and using materials, Huang depicts more than the beautiful appearance and posture of cherry blossoms, he showcases the ephemeral "feel" of appreciating cherry blossoms that cannot be conveyed in words. Moreover, it is through the alignment of content and vehicle that we can use the universal aesthetic created by Huang to bring East and West together, enabling ourselves to transcend the life experience of "appreciating cherry blossoms" and reach a higher plane of existence.

  • Calligraphic Style with Spring Sakura
  • Oil on canvas
  • 130 x 162 cm
  • 2019
  • Elegant Sakura
  • Oil on canvas
  • 80 x 116.5 cm
  • 2004
  • Calligraphic Line Rendering Spring
  • Oil on canvas
  • 97 x 145.5 cm
  • 2019
  • Cherry Blossom: Images of Kumakaya Sakura Tsutsumi
  • Oil on canvas
  • 65 x 91 cm
  • 2019
  • Spring's Overture
  • Oil on canvas
  • 65 x 91 cm
  • 2019
  • 20 Fluttering Colorful Clouds
  • Oil on canvas
  • 130 x 162 cm
  • 2019
  • 231 Dancing Twilight
  • oil on canvas
  • 97 x 130 cm
  • 2019
  • 32 Spring- Sakura Festival
  • watercolor on paper
  • 31.5 x 55 cm
  • 2019
  • 40 Red Sakura – Kita-in Temple
  • watercolor on paper
  • 40 x 55.5 cm
  • 2019
  • 50 The Rhythm of Sakura-1
  • watercolor on paper
  • 28.5 x 18 cm
  • 2019