SU Wong-shen

SU Wong-shen

Exhibition Period
15 Dec 2012 - 13 Jan 2013
ESLITE GALLERY∣5F, No. 11, Songgao Rd., Taipei 11073, Taiwan
Opening Hours
2pm-3pm, Sat, 15 December 2012

Working slowly and deliberately, SU Wong-shen has been preparing for his latest solo exhibition at ESLITE GALLERY. “Boiling” down four years of work into 13 paintings, he mostly depicts scenes that he has observed of surrounding lives and changes in society, while others are from his travels. Every painting is like the sound of the artist’s sigh. SU has always earnestly wanted to capture his feelings and the uncertainty towards life with his brush, a practice that has pre-occupied his work in recent years. Although inspired by the reality, his world is not depicted realistically under his brush, but through an arena in which symbolic objects and animals represent interpretations of his feelings and thoughts. Jason Chia Chi WANG observed that SU’s portrays a gloomy attitude towards alienation, with a rich spirit of nostalgia and emotional remembrance at the core of his works.

In contrast to his earlier political undertones, SU now feels apathy towards politics and his current works focus on his observations and understandings of the present situations. Tour Group and Travel Together show his experiences when traveling in difference countries and interactions with locals, for instance his observation of the phenomenon of China opening itself up to tourism. Arbor Day and Relocation shows his feelings towards the military village where he currently resides in Zuoying, Kaohsiung. In recent years, the second and third generations of residents have been forced to move out, similar to the surrounding trees being uprooted to be sold. Open Space and Temporary Parking Lot are daily scenes, while Walking Path harks back to Danshui where he lived a previous decade ago. In Danshui, he often encountered small creeks, villages and old houses while strolling at dusk. These were the typical northern countryside scenery before the new city of Danshui started developing tremendously. He also depicts the decline of the fish farms in Chiayi in his work Pond.

SU Wong-shen

From Tamsui in New Taipei to Zuoying in Kaohsiung, the world of images of Taiwanese artist SU Wong-shen (b. 1956) is essentially centered on his home.  Beyond the trends of shock-value aesthetics and grand narratives, SU’s works illustrate that an understated humorous tone and quirky artistic expression evolved from regularity is a desirable approach for stirring local identity and establishing a set of local aesthetics.

His distinct bird’s-eye view technique gives an extraordinary visual imagery to his panoramic scenes or narratives. The settings of his work creates a trans-conceptual space, where the various visual variations experienced in flying or soaring impart movement within stillness, and where the center is in all places at all times and any single subject can be the subject of interest.

SU makes frequent use of iconographic symbols, such as animals and trees, while the center of his interest has always been playing with textures. These elements form a habitable and playable perceptual space balanced by a rational allegory and calm tones. Via the actions and composition of the animals, the artist brings the relationship between human beings and their environment to a metaphoric and poetic level.

His artistic accomplishments are ultimately not manifested in the application of trendy concepts or strategic manipulations, but are determined by the employment of alternative thinking and distinctly independent artistic language.

1956        Born in Puzi, Chiayi County, Taiwan

Currently lives and works in Kaohsiung, Taiwan



1979        B.A., Fine Arts Department, Chinese Cultural University, Taipei, Taiwan


2012        ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
2010        "Post-Utopia" Exhibition of Su Wong-Shen & Li Ming-Tse, 798 Mountain Art Beijing Frank Lin

                Art Center, Beijing, China
2008        "Between the Clouds", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
2006        "Acrobatics Club", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
2003        ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
2000        ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
1997        "Huwei, Tamsui", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan 
1995        Duchamp Gallery, Kaohsiung, Taiwan    
1994        Goethe Fort Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan
1993        ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan 
1991        Ya Te Art Center, Taichung, Taiwan
1989        Tianmu Ceramic Workshop, Taipei, Taiwan
1988        Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
1985        American Cultural Center, Taipei, Taiwan



2008        "Float", Hong-gah Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
2006        "A Glimpse of Contemporary Art in Taiwan", Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan
2005        "City Net Asia 2005", Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
               "2005 Kuandu Extravaganza - Exhibition of Modern Art in Taiwan", Kuandu Museum of

               Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan
2004        Group Exhibition, Chia-Yi Village of Railway Art, Chiayi, Taiwan
               "The Transitional Eighties - Taiwan's Art Breaks New Ground", Taipei Fine Arts Museum,

               Taipei, Taiwan
1999        "Wings of the Island", Exhibition of Resident Artists in Niujiao Village of Matsu

                (now Fuxin Village), ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
               "Landform: The Land on the Mind", National Arts Club, New York; East Gallery of the State

                Capitol Galleries, Oklahoma, USA
1998        "Sketch Exhibition - Four Contact", Howard Salon, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
               "New Style of Art Creation", Chiayi County Cultural Center, Chiayi, Taiwan
               "Portret Van Een Eiland - Hedendaagse Kunst Uit Taiwan", Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts,

                Kaohsiung, Taiwan
               "New Voices: Contemporary Art Dialogue", Hong Kong Arts Center, Hong Kong, China/

                Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall Museum Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
1997        "Portret Van Een Eiland - Hedendaagse Kunst Uit Taiwan", Centre Cultural et d' Information de

               Taipei, Paris, France/ PMMK - Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Oostende, Belgium
               "2-28 Memorial Exhibition", Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
               "Peep", National Tsinghua University Arts Center, Hsinchu, Taiwan
1996        Taipei Biennial, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
1995        "Taiwan Legends", Gallerie Pierre, Taichung, Taiwan
               "Cultural Exhibition", Impressions Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
1994        "Between Imagination and Reality", Up Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
               "Four Contemporary Artists in Taiwan", Yokohama Portside Gallery, Yokohama, Japan  
               "Chitchat of Huwei", Tamsui Center of Arts & Culture, New Taipei City, Taiwan
               "Cultural Exhibition", Impressions Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
               "Quasi-ink Painting Exhibition", Taiwan Galley, Taipei, Taiwan
               "Scrapbook of Artists", Taiwan Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
1993        "New Year Special Exhibition", Up Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
               "Small Paintings Exhibition", Taiwan Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan    
1992        "Group Exhibition of New Talents", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
1991        "Tamsui Arts Chronicle", Magnet Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
                Duo Exhibition, ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
1990        "Contemporary Drawing Exhibition", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
1989        Duo Exhibition, ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
               "Taiwan Information Exhibition", Hara Museum of Contemporary Arts, Tokyo, Japan
1988        "The Epoch & Creation Exhibition", Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
               "New Prospect Exhibition", Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
1987        Dual Exhibition, New Taipei City Cultural Center, New Taipei City, Taiwan
               "Modern Art Exhibition", National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan
1986        "New Prospect Exhibition", Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
1984        "New Prospect Exhibition", Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
                Dual Exhibition, Sung-yia Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan


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