Demos Chiang: HAAH universe, Human Animal, Animal Human
December 31, 2021 - January 29, 2022
Demos CHIANG works express his observation and care for the world through anthropomorphic animals, and at the same time, they are also a record and expression of the artist's inner feelings. Among the famous Chinese artists of the past, many of them are good at painting animals, such as Zhang Daqian's tiger, Qi Baishi's shrimp, Xu Beihong's horse, Li Keran's bull, and Li Ku Chan's eagle, all of which are known for capturing the spirit of animals and their vividness. However, Demos Chiang's paintings of lions, bears, tigers, leopards, and other animals, even the fierce ones, are full of tender- ness, sadness, and joy, allowing the viewer to read his sensitive and sensitive nature, his heart that all things are equal, and his sincere and persistent attitude towards all forms of life.
In the artist's creation statement, he said, "I like animals. Because they are simple and honest. It is straightforward to get along with them and there is no need for suspicion. Especially the eyes of animals, whether they can see or not, regardless of age or species, are honest.”In his artworks, Chiang provides a healing power of life by interpreting the deepest emo- tions and spirituality shared by man and beast, espe- cially the poems in English on each work, which are full of true feelings and philosophical reflections.
The art form is a continuation of the Chinese literati tradition of painting and calligraphy, which is the result of his cultivation through the blending of Chinese and Western cultures. In 2021, Chiang began to use the leopard as the theme, constantly changing and exploring the expression of various media, and using the concept of vacuum to explore the time and tran- sience of metamorphosis.
If the art creation is a record of his life history, then for the viewer, it is a profound feeling of the life energy shared by animals or human beings.
Curator Yuling Wang
Whitestone gallery is honored to present Demos CHIANG’s first solo exhibition in Taiwan. As a multi-discipline creator, digital art curator, designer, and artist, he aims to present the purest artistic emotion and all-round artistic creation outside of his design career.
Since childhood, he has been immersed in the nourishment of Chinese calligraphy, art painting, and educated in the Western environment. In his paintings, he uses a super fusion of poetry, calligraphy and painting, making animals the only, the biggest and the richest artistic theme. Using brush and acrylics to create a realistic sense of detail, he draws portraits of the animals as if they were human beings; then, using almost Western expressionist brushwork, he outlines the landscape with water and paint, and then uses English poems inscribed in paint to murmur the thoughts of the animals without borders; at the same time, it is also a meditation on the fusion of Chinese and Western cultures.
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