Yahon Chang

Project Info

Client "A profound spirituality in the expressionistic technique"
Skills My artworks are inspired by the conception of Literati tradition and Zenism, together with the freedom of expression in colours, and in the dynamic of brushstrokes

Project Description

Yahon Chang
He creates large format paper and canvas artworks that blend Eastern and Western mediums such as ink and acrylic on Chinese rice paper or on canvas together. He uses various sizes of Chinese brushes, that require the body and the brushes to gesturally maneuver around the painting. His sculptural works are also rich with calligraphy elements, where the outline of the shape is the imprint of calligraphic brushstroke. There is a profound spirituality in the expressionistic technique presented in his artwork, inspired by the conception of Literati tradition and Zenism, together with the freedom of expression in colours, and in the dynamic of brushstrokes.

The early works of Yahon Chang always entailed the visualisation of meditative monks or unknown figures that emerged from his meditation. His portraits evoke a particular state of mind that draws the viewer into its gaze and its stillness. Chang’s figurative compositions have a subversive affiliation with the Chinese altar setting, as if it is a commemoration for human beings in the past, present and future. There is a certain mysterious quality to Yahon’s painting that cements a state of serenity within the viewer, as if they could see through the painting into a flux of time that is neither past nor future, but a state of eternal existence. His painting draws from his life, encompassing his rejections, struggles, acceptance and love in this world, exploring the space between the state of being and the subconscious, that questions human existence, social discrimination and spirituality.

Biography
1948 Born in Shui-Li, Nantou County, Taiwan

Education
2009 Master of Arts, Taipei National University of the Arts, Taipei, Taiwan
1995 Master of Business Administration, Western International University, Phoenix, USA
1977 Bachelor of Arts, National Taiwan Art College (currently known as the National Taiwan University of Arts), Taipei, Taiwan2002-2004 – Work-scholarship for Paris

Selected-Solo-Exhibitions
2014 Yahon Chang – Wesen & Antlitz (Beings & Countenances), Kunsthalle Faust, Hannover, Germany
2014 The Mortal World. The Destination – Solo Exhibition of Yahon Chang, National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan
2014 The Mortal World. The Destination – Solo Exhibition of Yahon Chang, Ever Harvest Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
2013 Yahon Chang – Wesen & Antlitz (Beings & Countenances), Kunstforum Markert, Hamburg, Germany
2013 Multifaceted Art – Yahon Chang’s Contemporary Ink Painting Exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
2012 The Hundred Faces, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2012 The Aesthetic World of Yahon Chang, China Academy of Art Museum (CAA), Hangzhou, China
2011 Yahon Chang’s Sensibility – Face to Face, Busan Museum of Art, Busan, Korea
2011 Face to Face – MOCA Project, MOCA Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan
2008 Sentient Beings – Solo Exhibition of Yahon Chang, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
2005 Blossom Flourishing. Spiritual Cleansing – New Works by Yahon Chang, National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan
2005 Blossom Flourishing.Spiritual Cleansing – Yahon Chang Traveling Exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
2005 Solo Exhibition of Yahon Chang, LOFT Art Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
2004 Yahon Chang – Transformation – Meditation, Stadtgalerie Brunsbüttel, Brunsbüttel, Germany
2003 Solo Exhibition of Yahon Chang, LOFT Gallery, Paris, France
2001 Solo Exhibition of Yahon Chang, Dimensions Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan
2000 Solo Exhibition of Yahon Chang, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China

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