Hsiao Chin (b.1935)
China Guardian HK 2016 Autumn Auctions
20th Century and Contemporary Chinese Art
78 x 143 cm
People's Republic of China (1949-)Estimate:
Painted in 1998;Ink on paper;Signed and dated in Chinese on lower right; titled and inscribed on reverse;HSIAO CHIN(b.1935)As a founder of the renowned Ton-Fan Art Group in Taiwan, Hsiao Chin is regarded as a pioneer of Taiwanese contemporary abstract art. During the Ton-Fan Art Group period, Hsiao started creating pure abstract in the style of Paul Klee, integrating Eastern philosophy with Western art form, and such has been his style ever since. Hsiao was under the impact of Western contemporary art movement after he went to Europe in 1956. While he learnt from abstract art masters such as Ad Reinhardt and Barnett Newman, Hsiao was also intrigued by Chinese philosophy around 1960s. Drawing nourishment from both , he developed a creative style different from mainstream abstract art.Grande Chi-27 was created in 1999 when the artist’s style matured. ‘Chi’ means air, and ‘Grande Chi’ is a summary of the artist’s creative philosophy, and the nirvana he achieved from painting after much hardship. With the Western abstract concepts, Hsiao has strived to recreate the ever-flowing ‘chi’ in Eastern philosophy. This flowing, eternal energy forms Hsiao’s unique painting philosophy as he incorporates Western aesthetics, Eastern philosophy and the exploration of the universe. The bold brushstrokes in the painting expand outwards and extend to the end, echoing to the colourful vortex and nebulas of the previous Galaxy series. At the same time, the ink wash adds an ambient atmosphere to the painting, while the curving lines speak for the artist’s understanding about life and death, as well as his perpetual exploration of the deepest meanings in man’s spiritual world.