野柳(龜吼村) Yehliu Kuei-hou
1981｜水彩紙本 Watercolor on paper
Lee Tze-Fan born in Hsinchu City, was among the first generation of Western-style painters in Taiwan. After he began studying watercolor painting from the Japanese Western-style artist Ishikawa Kinichiro in 1924 (during Japan's rule of the island), Lee resolved to devote himself to the world of art. In doing so, he never looked back and worked diligently, his career in painting spanning more than six decades.Lee Tze-Fan's paintings represent the spectrum of art trends that swept Taiwan throughout much of the twentieth century, ranging from social realism in the 1950s to abstract expressionism of the 1960s and the return to nativism in the 1970s. In each of these stages, his art advanced and he continued to make breakthroughs. Into the 1980s, his paintings increasingly came to reveal a style fusing the techniques of Chinese and Western manners along with the spirit of life and culture in Taiwan. In the end, his works express a deep and overall artistic essence along with personalized, individual emotion.