Chien-Hsing Lien

Chien-Hsing Lien

Born in 1962 in Keelung, Taiwan. He graduated from the Western Painting Section of the Art Department of the Chinese Culture University, Taiwan. In 1984, he was selected for the first annual Republic of China Modern Painting Outlook Exhibition. In 1987, he joined the group exhibition of the award-winners of the Shiy De-jinn Award. In 1989, he joined a largescale exhibition of the Taipei Painting Association organized by the Taipei Fine Arts Museum. In 1992, he became the representative artist of Cherng Pin Gallery (Eslite Gallery).

Lien Chien-hsing first came to prominence in the 80s with his superb Realistic technique. In the 90s, using different pictures, he has created Realistic works recalling images from his childhood, heavy with personal coloring. His works subtly reveal a feeling of pessimism, combined with a subconscious, mysterious shadow to become a unique kind of "magical realism".

Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast
Chien-Hsing Lien
2006
oil on canvas (53 x 72 cm)
Meditation Island
Meditation Island
Chien-Hsing Lien
2018
oil on canvas (112 x 194 cm)
Returning to the original intention of the purest simplicity of memory. In the metaphysical realm of desire, desire can be the simplest joy. The heart and mind are free, and the sentiment is in the field of spiritual residence. Whales can be healed and wounded. Yoga, meditation and body and mind are able to be cleaned up. You can freely roam over the green mountains and green waters to imagine.
Dao-xiang Feng-xi Island
Dao-xiang Feng-xi Island
Chien-Hsing Lien
2017
oil on canvas (112 x 194 cm)
The rapid development of modern civilization has caused a sense of sadness in the loss of the pure virtue of many traditional agricultural eras. In the floating island of rice-scented emotions, it is necessary to shape the beautiful intentions, like the pianists and yoga figures in the painting, and the leisurely little deer walking around the island. There is also a romantic imagination of a sustainable environment that is endless and natural. This communicates an aria and song of love between people.
Afternoon Games in the Lumberyard
Afternoon Games in the Lumberyard
Chien-Hsing Lien
2017
oil on canvas (97 x 194 cm)
Such as my Possession
Such as my Possession
Chien-Hsing Lien
2017
oil on canvas (72 x 116 cm)
Arctic Elephant Roaming The Taipei Basin
Arctic Elephant Roaming The Taipei Basin
Chien-Hsing Lien
2017
oil on canvas (112 x 194 cm)
Coming across the remains or a destruction of a civilization always conjures up various emotions. The series ‘Traveling in submerged landscapes and icebergs’ were created by employing imagination, synthesis and association, to search for inspiration in a familiar Taiwanese urban and rural setting. The piece depicts an imagination of the dire consequences to the ecological system over the years, along with a consciousness to crisis in life, and the damaging thought of land’s excessive development. Set in the Taipei basin, it’s a warning image of the decline of modern day civilization. The theme of the piece is centered around the elephant iceberg, which represents the symbol of wisdom and compassion. Describing the environment being destroyed by human’s overexploitation, Mother Earth is still willing to carry humanity’s guilt and salvation, and return with kindness and tolerance whilst silently bearing it all. It also supports and care for all living things, depicting here with penguins having fun, this shows Mother Earth also acting as a loving space supporting every need with no regrets, while the Aurora assumes the role of glory in this piece.
Embracing Keylung Mountain
Embracing Keylung Mountain
Chien-Hsing Lien
2017
oil on canvas (97 x 162 cm)
Keelung Mountain is an extinct volcano situated in the north eastern side of Taiwan. A once thriving Taiwanese gold, copper and coal mining area, it was also the location of Lien Chien Hsing’s ancestral lands, tucked behind the mountain in Shaungxi Township. His grandparents were miners in the area who sadly passed away in a mining accident. His art piece is a model of realism, and it depicts the serenity of the mountain village, and how life traveling between the once bustling Jingua stone mine and the village must have been like in its heydays. On the left of the piece the mines were restored to their former glories, a subjective fictional transformation if you will, towards the desolation the artist felt when the mining industry had run its course, but also a celebration of the return of nature’s comeback and the honors it brings. It is the dialogue between humanity and nature, which awakened the long forgotten idealistic embrace of the scenery.
Adventures Of Teapot Mountain
Adventures Of Teapot Mountain
Chien-Hsing Lien
2017
oil on canvas (112 x 194 cm)
Imagine a far-flung city of meditation with the Utopian spirit as a floating elephant-shaped rocky island in the sky. On this spiritual island, a Buddha stone statuette can just about be seen meditating, characterizing the sages’ teachings and wisdoms from a time long past. At the bottom of the painting, there are also cats blowing bubbles at the foot of the Teapot Hill, happily perched on top of staircases from ruined civilisation, paying respect to the island above. The ‘spout’ of the Teapot Hill represents the wilderness of the world, dialoguing with the trunk of the Elephant Island, a vivid depiction of the excitement like the close encounter with the third kind in Genesis; it conveys the wisely salvation of desire. The tail of the rocky island is that of a snake, an allegory of a greedy snake eating an elephant, in other words, biting off more than one can chew. Through his painting, Lien expresses his blessing to mother earth, and spreads his well wishes riding on the floating island.