@@I began my artistic career as a painter. After some time, I came to the realization that my strength as an artist, and my way to making a living, was in clay. I made a conscious choice to follow the Yixing pottery tradition as the foundation of my ceramic art, because I felt that Chinese teapot art was a uniquely powerful subject within the art world. Nothing could compare with it. It stemmed from a five hundred year old tradition, and such a deep well of artistic history and influence was hard to find anywhere else in the world. I felt that a contemporary potter would have to understand the strong aesthetic and working attitude of the best Yixing teapot makers to reach their level of excellence. This was a great challenge.

@@My ceramic art changed dramatically, after many years of learning, teaching, and practice, when I traveled to the United States in 1987. I had the opportunity to meet many great modern ceramic artists and observe how they expressed themselves through clay. I was influenced by them in an unobtrusive way; they began to open my eyes to their freedom of expression.

   

This feeling began, almost imperceptibly, to make its way into my art. At this point, a qualitative change in my artwork occurred. I embraced this new phase of artistic freedom, while at the same time being acutely aware that I wanted to preserve my heritage as a Taiwanese artist and continue to reflect that cultural characteristic in my work. Now, I want my work to be identifiable as stemming from my Taiwanese heritage, and at the same time show the expressiveness of a contemporary artist.

@@I have been identified as an artist who is style is "Trompe l'oeil." This is true in part. However, I endeavor not only to employ technical expertise to manipulate clay and represent it in a realistic manner, but also to create a sculptural dialogue that is interwoven with my cultural background. For example, my "Tree Trunk T-Pot" maintains the functional appearance of a teapot, but is actually a "sculpture with teapot features." In contains and integrates multiple layers to be studied and interpreted - the trompe l'oeil technique, contemporary sculptural expression, the philosophy of Chinese ceramic art, and Taiwanese cultural tradition. The sculptural work "Bridge: Illusion in Clay," is my greatest effort to date, which combines all of these elements. While the details are precise, my wish is that Bridge, as well as my other work, will conjure up images of "East to West, past to present, vessel to installation, and traditions of mainland China to experiments of postmodern Taiwan."

 
   
   
 
1953 Born in Taiwan.
1976 Graduated from Taiwan National Academy of Arts
1978 ~ 82 Apprenticed with Master Potters throughout Taiwan.
   
Solo Exhibitions -
2008 The memory of the Elementary School - Solo Exhibition at Metaphysical Art Gallery, Taipei City
2004 Solo Exhibition at Crocker Art Mesuem, Sacramento City, California, USA.
2003 Solo Exhibition at Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, NY, USA.
2002 Solo Exhibition at the Soka Gallery, Tainan, Taiwan.
2001 Solo Exhibition at the NIU Art Museum, Chicago Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA.
Solo Exhibition at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Logan, UT, USA.
2000 Solo Exhibition at the Gin-Tao Gallery, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
1999 Solo Exhibition at the Chin Show Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan.
Solo Exhibition at the Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY, USA.
1998 Bridge: Illusion in Clay, Solo Exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ, USA.
1997 Bridge: Illusion in Clay, Solo Exhibition at the Elvehjem Museum of Art, Madison, WI, USA.
Bridge: Illusion in Clay, Solo Exhibition at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, USA.
1996 Bridge, Solo Exhibition at the Taipei City Hall, Taipei, Taiwan.
Solo Exhibition at the Format Gallery Oslo, Norway.
Solo Exhibition at the National Ceramics Museum, Grimmerhus, Denmark.
Solo Exhibition at the Jeroen Bechtold Ceramics Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
1995 Solo Exhibition at the Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY, USA.
1993 Solo Exhibition at the Garth Clark Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
1992 Solo Exhibition at the Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY, USA.
1991 Solo Exhibition at the National Palace Museum, Taipei, Taiwan.
Solo Exhibition at the Chung Mein Gallery, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
1986 Solo Exhibition at the Kaohsiung Cultural Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
Solo Exhibition at the Taichung Cultural Center, Taichung, Taiwan.
1985 First Solo Exhibition at the Spring Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan.
   
Group Exhibitions -
2002 Four Excellent Ceramist in Taiwan, National Museum of History, Taipei.
2001 The Great Achievements of Contemporary Ceramic Arts: 38 Invited ceramic masters Exhibition in the World Ceramic Exposition 2001 Korea.
1999 Contemporary Ceramics, Selections from the Permanent Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA.
1994 Ancient China-Modern Clay, Phoenix Art Museum, AZ, USA.
1990 Selected Group Exhibition In the Spirit of Yixing, Joanne Rapp - The Hand and Spirit Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, USA.
 
   
   
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