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Take in the scenery—The poetry of contemporary painting across the Taiwan Straits
“Take in the scenery” features works by six artists from Taiwan and China. Their paintings reveal the thought processes unique to each individual artist, and together, they speak to us of their firm conviction about continuing to paint with the brush, even in this era of rapidly advancing technology and the search for ever greater convenience in our lives.

Exhibition Period
11 Feb 2017 - 19 Mar 2017
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Take in the scenery—The poetry of contemporary painting across the Taiwan Straits

by Takahiro Kaneshima

“A painting in the poem, and a poem in the painting”—such was the judgment of the Song Dynasty poet Su Shi (Su Dongpo) upon seeing the poetry and paintings of the Tang poet Wang Wei. What he meant was that Wang Wei's descriptions of natural scenery in his poetry could make the reader feel as if they were part of a painted landscape, while the conceptions of his paintings conveyed the special beauty of poetry. Thus while poetry and painting belong to different spheres of artistic endeavor, each with their own rules, characteristics, and modes of expression, they are mutually compatible in terms of the shared artistic conceptions they can convey.

The six artists featured in “Take in the scenery” work with the painter's brush, rather than the poet's pen. But their paintings reveal the thought processes unique to each individual artist, and together, they speak to us of their firm conviction about continuing to paint with the brush, even this era of rapidly advancing media and technology and the search for ever greater speed and convenience in our lives. The Tang and Song dynasties represented periods of thriving cultural development in Chinese history; some among today's artists have inherited their artistic spirit and continue to extend those traditions in their creative work.

“Take in the scenery” features three Chinese artists—Chi Ming, Zhai Liang, and Zhan Chong—and three Taiwanese artists—Cheng Po-Tsung, Lin Yen Wei, and Ni Ho-Tsu. They are all members of the “post-80's” generation, yet the circumstances of their lives, and their educational backgrounds, are so vastly different. In their painting, some choose to focus on expressing inner psychological states, while others take daily life as their subject. Their works convey differing worldviews through their decisions about form, medium, technique, and scale, but what all have in common is their presentation of a poetic view: a poem in the painting.

Viewers of “Take in the scenery” will note the strong literary quality of many of the works, and the way they seem to evoke remembered experiences: of watching movies, or reading a novel, or reciting poetry or reading comics. The paintings of these artists have been shaped into their current forms by the influence of these various creative mediums encountered in their daily lives, and they display all the great diversity of contemporary painting.

CHENG Po-Tsung

CHENG Po-Tsung’s small “Untitled” drawings are his visual diary, describing his personal feelings and documenting the journey in his inner world.

1982      Born in Taipei,Taiwan
2007      Graduated from Taipei National University of the Arts
2017      "Take in the scenery, Cross-Strait Young Artists Exhibition Program", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan

2014      "Bloom: ESLITE GALLERY 25th Anniversary", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan

2013      "Asia Cruise", Kuandu Museum of Fine Art, Taipei, Taiwan

2011      "Drawing Now", Hong-Gah Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

2009      "Weak Painting", Kuandu Museum of Fine Art, Taipei, Taiwan


LIN Yen Wei

LIN Yen Wei uses digital cameras to capture close-ups of animal heads and busts. Using depth of field, he deploys a painting style similar to that of photo-realism in the late 1960s. The animals in his paintings are actually renderings of ready-made sculpture objects found in the human world, all of them domesticated without exception, and has even become a pet. Their image is both directly and indirectly influenced by the forms of Disney animals.

Although his portraits are not of man, LIN Yen Wei’s cheap and coarse animal statues touches upon the real world, alluding to the industrialization and commercialization of the contemporary life. Human existence has long become materialized and is continuously changing due to the high turnover rate of commodities. The animal statues in his paintings contain human-like eyes and smiles, and can be regarded as a zoomorphic portrayal of man’s self-alienation in an age of consumerism.


1987        Born in Pingtung, Taiwan
               Now lives and works in Hsinchu, Taiwan


2009        BA, Department of Fine Arts, National University of Tainan, Tainan, Taiwan
2012        MFA, Department of Arts and Design, National Hsinchu University of Education,

               Hsinchu, Taiwan


2014        "LIN Yen Wei Solo Exhibition", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
2008        "Lin Yen Wei Exhibition", National University of Tainan, Tainan, Taiwan



2017        "Take in the scenery, Cross-Strait Young Artists Exhibition Program", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan    

2012        "Man‧Animal‧Landscape: Hai-Hsin HUANG, LIN Yen Wei, and LIN Wei-Hsiang",

               ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
2011        "19 Solo Shows about Painting", Platform China, Beijing, China              
2010        "Generation Paralleled: Exposition Communication Young Artist Across the Taiwan Straits",

               Hsinchu, Taiwan
               "I MAY", National Hsinchu University MFA Group Exhibition, Hsinchu, Taiwan
2009        "Complete Statements", National Hsinchu University MFA Group Exhibition, Hsinchu, Taiwan
               "National Large-sized Oil Paintings Exhibition 2009", Taichung City Seaport Art Center,

               Taichung, Taiwan
               "Freedoms", Taoyuan Cultural Affairs Bureau, Taoyuan, Taiwan

CHI Ming

Youth charms people with it vigor and unrestraint, and also with the unlimited possibilities and dreams that it promises. With excellent skill and dense emotions, CHI Ming captures the young generation of contemporary China to which himself belongs. He probes into the unique and unsettle souls of the generation growing up in a capitalistic China which their parents would not have imagined, showing their self-confidence, boldness and wild desires.

CHI has inherited the artistic talent from his grand-father and father, who earned their livings and reputations by painting the portrait of Mao Zedong and movie posters respectively. Being the third generation of a family of painters, CHI is clearly aware of the freedom to express himself through his paint brush was not something that his grand-father or father could had enjoyed. Likewise, he is deeply aware that his generation is exceptionally blessed. He depicts his subjects in private spaces where they are not shy away from pursuing pleasures as well as dreams, while the naivety and fragility of these unruly young people are also implicated. His figurative paintings are like snapshots of life in contemporary China blended with a surrealistic touch.

1984 born in Yantai, Shandong



2004        The attached school of Central Academy of fine arts

2008        Central Academy of fine arts  Bachelor

2011        Central Academy of fine arts  Master



2012        "Testing Freedom's Temperature  ChiMing-JSTan A Dual Exhibition", Atkins & Ai Gallery,

               Beijing, China

               The First "CAFAM·Future" Exhibition — Sub–Phenomena: Report on the State of

               Chinese Young Art Nomination, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China

               "Face" Art Exhibition  MINSHENG ART MUSEUM, Shanghai, China

2011        "The start of long journey" exhibition of Central Academy of fine arts in 2011 graduates

               excellent works, Beijing, China

               "Affordable art festival", Beijing, China

2007        School spirits 14 people exhibition, Beijing, China


ZHAI Liang

ZHAI Liang’s works come from the artist’s voracious appetite for reading. As such they represent his intellectual rumination as well as a visual construction of a logic system parallel to his world of literature.

ZHAN Chong

Rhetoric expression, structural composition, sequence and spectatorship, these are things that interest ZHAN Chong and constitute the essence of his painterly “description” of daily objects.

NI Ho-Tzu

NI Ho-Tzu uses direct and simple medium and style to portray scenes and forms that she is inexplicably drawn to. Like a monologue in a play, these drawings are the artist’s response to her surroundings, people and events in her life.

2017      "Take in the scenery, Cross-Strait Young Artists Exhibition Program", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan

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