藝術家：嚴以敬, 龍思良, 陳楚智, 蕭學民, 凌運凰, 余元康
Exhibition Period: 4/03~5/08
Exhibition Opening: 4/03 (Saturday) 15:00PM
In the 1980s, Taiwan became an epicentre for emerging Asian artists – particularly those from Singapore and Hong Kong – when its galleries gained renown and recognition in the region. Established in 1978, Apollo Art Gallery began inviting Southeast Asian artists to exhibit with the gallery in the early 1980s. These artists included YIM Yee-King, LONG Sih-Liang, TAN Choh-Tee, SIEW Hock-Meng, LING Yun-Huang, YU Yuan-Hong.
Now, 40 years later, Apollo Art Gallery will once again display works by these history-defining artists. In a time period when we are being reminded of the ways in which globalisation has influenced the development of art, Apollo Art Gallery has chosen to revisit what is undeniably an important age in which Taiwan emerged as a strong force in the global art community.
YIM Yee-King – nicknamed A-Chung – has held four exhibitions at Apollo Art Gallery since 1982. Originally from Guangzhou, Yan gained recognition as a political cartoonist in Hong Kong before immigrating to the United States, where he exhibited paintings under the name A-Chung. Working primarily with oil, watercolour, and ink, Yan’s landscapes show the world in an optimistic perspective – a perspective he hopes to impart on the viewer.
Born in Guangzhou, LONG Shi-Liang moved to Vietnam before eventually coming to Taiwan to study Fine Arts at National Taiwan Normal University. Known for his unique combination of Western watercolours and Asian inks, Long’s works gained much recognition and received many awards. In his early years, he served as art director of Taiwanese Television and provided cover illustrations for numerous notable Taiwanese authors such as but not limited to Zhang Xiu-Ya, Yu Kwang-Chung, and Gu Long – eventually becoming known as Gu’s preferred cover artist. Long was also known as a member of the “V-10 Artist Group.” During his time in Taiwan, he held three solo exhibitions at Apollo Art Gallery between the years of 1979 to 1984.
A recipient of the Singapore Cultural Medallion and Korean Asian Art Award, TAN Choh-Tee held three solo exhibitions at Apollo Art Gallery between 1982~1993. A master of urban sketching, Tan uses a mixture of Western and Asian styles influenced by his travels abroad to depict the atmospheres of places that move him. Amidst the Taiwanese old streets and neighbourhoods, Tan’s brushstrokes and silhouettes capture an unforgettable sense of nostalgia, his distinct use of colours and composition expressing the timeless beauty of Taiwanese history.
An alumnus of Singapore’s Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, LING Yun-Huang held five solo exhibitions at Apollo Gallery between 1979 to 1983. Canvassed a warm sepia tone, Ling’s works centre around scenes of daily life. Departing from the orthodox British style, Ling utilises a mixture of Eastern watercolour painting and vivid brush strokes, stacking both thick and translucent applications of watercolour to present a strong contrast of light and dark.
YU Yuan-Hong, who held one solo exhibition at Apollo Art Gallery in 1988, uses modern watercolours and his personal stye to depict elements of neolithic Chinese culture. Yu experiments his self-developed “surface contact technique” to manifest rich illusions of weight, space, and texture in his paintings. With the concept of humanity as a starting point, Yu’s manipulation of physical planes probe into the common inquiries held by all art – those of human nature’s purest emotions.
Malaysian artist SIEW Hock-Meng specialises in pastels and portraiture. Since the 1980s, he has held four exhibitions at Apollo Art Gallery. In addition to pre-prepared portraiture exhibitions, he also accepted on-site portraiture commissions at his exhibitions. Siew painted more than 1,500 portraits during his decade in Taiwan, each one implicitly romantic and unmistakably his through their delicate and thoughtful usage of pastels. His portraits are now considered an important part of Taiwanese art history and Siew himself has expressed gratitude for his time in Taiwan, saying that “without the encouragement and support I received in Taiwan, my life would have been much more dull.”
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