The Taiwan Tourism Logo, ”TAIWAN” appearing all over the world is written and created by Taiwanese artist Hsu Yung Chin with Chinese calligraphy ink and brush in 2011. The written characters in this logo represent Taiwan’s landscape, culture, and the people’s hospitable spirit. Mr. Hus’s calligraphy creates a new artistic perception of “a painting within a calligraphy; a calligraphy within a painting.”
In the past five years, Hsu Yung Chin has shown he is not limited by his choice in mediums. From ink and paper to acrylics and canvases, the artist has brought the true essence of calligraphy into his paintings which were formed very differently from what is typically found in Western paintings. Over the past few decades, as Hsu Yung Chin’s inner world has transformed, so too has his choice in art forms. Without effort or pretense, the calligrapher gradually entered the world of painting. His new paintings are not a distortion of pure calligraphy, nor are they simply abstract paintings: they are a new aesthetic, created by free movement of both body and paint. These paintings express both the subtle and the profound. They are an open-minded and insightful look at the self in the world, a self that is sometimes at ease and sometimes in chaos.
Our place is not to go beyond nature, but to learn from it. The solo exhibition named “I, Nature” shows the varying depths of awareness in Taoism. At the deepest level, one is surrounded by Tao and simply allows it to be, allows its invisible influence to flow. Humans do not need to seek nature from others, for we are nature. This is something that is easy to forget. Hsu Yung Chin’s work helps viewers to not only remember this truth but also guide them towards the joy and peace this truth entails, allowing it to flow through and embrace the viewer.
Meanwhile, Alan Chan has ventured into the arena of design and art for over four decades. As an Asian designer, his philosophy integrates the essence of oriental culture and western aesthetics to create breakthrough contemporary furniture in the global market.
The SILKROAD Collection premiered at the Shanghai City Pavilion during Milan Expo 2015 and showcased at International Design Furniture Fair Hong Kong in the same year. The naming is inspired by the Silk Road China, suggesting Sharing, meeting East and West, Past and Present, Classic and Contemporary, Craftsmanship and Technology, Functionality and Form, Men and Women, Yin and Yang. Influenced by tea culture, ‘The Wall of Art’ bamboo wallpapers and the tea ceremony table set are the latest addition to the ‘SILKROAD’ collection, showcased first at International Design Furniture Fair Hong Kong this year; whereas the earlier launched S Chair is inspired by 17th century Victorian conversation chairs after meticulous study of form and functionality. The sculptural pieces are all handcrafted in dark walnut wood and adorned with Asian aesthetics.