Julie Hsieh

Julie Hsieh

Julie Hsieh is a Taiwanese-American artist. Throughout her life, she immersed herself in various forms of art and creativity, from the art of vocal performance, to the art of medicine, and finally to visual arts.

Her vocal performance spanned two decades with performances across Taiwan, the United States, and on television. Her singing is emotive and powerful, with listeners positively affected by her rich mezzo-soprano voice. She likens visual art to her performances as they are both mediums through which she expresses herself to others, providing a window to her inspirations, feelings, and the culmination of her diverse experiences.

Although Julie's first career was in medicine as a family physician—receiving a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University and a medical doctorate from Baylor College of Medicine—creative arts has always played a significant role in her identity. After residing in the United States for 30 years, she moved back to her hometown of Taipei, Taiwan in 2014 to pursue her creative arts full-time.

Julie’s artwork is largely abstract, inspired by her diverse backgrounds in music and medicine, as well as Mother Nature and the environment. She pursues freedom while creating, engaging in a dialogue with her art, a mutual feed back until the final form is realized. She uses multiple mediums such as acrylic, oil, pastels, charcoal, watercolor and ink, not limiting herself to just one medium. For her, art is an escape from the routine, sameness and predictability.

Julie feels that “Art is an expression of our humanity with unlimited potential to connect people from different backgrounds and nationalities. Art transcends many boundaries and has the powerful capacity to heal, empathize, connect and inspire. The sky is truly the limit to this amazing field of art and I feel fortunate to be riding on the wings of art’s journey.”

Visit her at juliehsieh.com

Dance Ink 1
Dance Ink 1
Julie Hsieh
2019
ink on paper (75 x 65 cm)
Dance Ink 2
Dance Ink 2
Julie Hsieh
2019
ink on paper (100 x 82 cm)
Dance Ink Forest 1
Dance Ink Forest 1
Julie Hsieh
2019
ink on paper (308 x 90 cm)
Dance Ink Forest 3
Dance Ink Forest 3
Julie Hsieh
2019
ink on paper (308 x 90 cm)
Dance Ink Forest 2
Dance Ink Forest 2
Julie Hsieh
2019
ink on paper (308 x 90 cm)
Concerto
Concerto
Julie Hsieh
2018
ink on paper (110 x 337 cm)
Wind Shadow
Wind Shadow
Julie Hsieh
2018
ink on paper (76 x 105 cm)
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Julie Hsieh
2018
ink on paper (110 x 180 cm)
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Julie Hsieh
2018
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Julie Hsieh
2018
Flying dragon dancing phoenix
Flying dragon dancing phoenix
Julie Hsieh
2018
ink on paper (110 x 218 cm)
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Julie Hsieh
2018
Gossamer
Gossamer
Julie Hsieh
2018
ink on paper (132 x 100 cm)
In the ink paintings of Julie Hsieh, we see a female artist who revels in her study of music and art. She enters the world of ink in a direct and charming way by injecting a simple musicality that provides her work with a sense of rhythm. She uses a soft, hand-made brush like a mop—which has a similar look as the strands of her hair—to drag the ink on large rice paper. The vortex action of her sliding brush on the surface of paper is free and has the feel of creation. Explosive, like a whirlwind and a dazzling movement, it appears as a momentary projection of the huge cyclone in the universe. This is as much a dance as a painting. Sometimes she draws directly with her fingers to produce subtle marks to better realize her vision. There are two types of traces that contrast to form the defining linguistic features of Julie Hsieh’s paintings. First, she forms fine gossamers lines by the swift movement of her brush across the paper. What Julie Hsieh consciously pursues are thin lines that can breathe. It is like the natural reverberation of the ancient Chinese technique of “yóu sīxiàn”: the carving of curves as thin as gossamers on jade. It is conveyed, however, by action rather than calligraphy. These thin lines seem to breath and yell as they run in on their own swirls and reverberation. They echo like the soul’s desire to share its mood and meaning with the universe. Second, there is the gravity of the thick ink, which focuses on its explosive power and force. This type of stroke seems to make the picture sound, as if you can hear explosions. The explosive point of gravity and the swirling feelings of the filament in her artworks are like the contrast between pureness and musical tension, lightness and gravity, fragment and heaviness, concentration and scatter; her art seems to echo with this endless power and sound waves. This is the swirling of the rhythm and the perfect connection between both senses of vision and hearing. The ink paintings of Julie Hsieh are the paintings of life’s dance with rich black-and-white blooms as well as the vivid and majestic contemporary expression of black-and-white art. This painting style emphasizes the painter’s movement in the process of creating. It expresses the artist’s emotions, energy, and spirit. It is through this that her paintings acquire a graceful and majestic life.
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Julie Hsieh
2018
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Julie Hsieh
2018
Waltz
Waltz
Julie Hsieh
2018
ink on paper (110 x 150 cm)
Trajectory
Trajectory
Julie Hsieh
2018
ink on paper (110 x 145 cm)
Ink Forest
Ink Forest
Julie Hsieh
2019
ink on paper (148 x 79 cm)
Flying Dragon
Flying Dragon
Julie Hsieh
2019
ink on paper (187 x 95 cm)
Sail Away
Sail Away
Julie Hsieh
2019
acrylic on canvas (60 x 60 cm)
Golden Harmony
Golden Harmony
Julie Hsieh
2019
acrylic on canvas (200 x 300 cm)
Mini Solar Dalia
Mini Solar Dalia
Julie Hsieh
2018
acrylic on canvas (20 x 20 cm)
Pinkalicious Dalia
Pinkalicious Dalia
Julie Hsieh
2018
acrylic on canvas (20 x 20 cm)
Red Child
Red Child
Julie Hsieh
2019
mixed media (100 x 100 cm)
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Julie Hsieh
2019
mixed media (120 x 150 cm)
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Julie Hsieh
2019
mixed media (100 x 100 cm)
Shan Shui
Shan Shui
Julie Hsieh
2019
acrylic on canvas (60 x 60 cm)
Rainbow Shimmer
Rainbow Shimmer
Julie Hsieh
2019
acrylic on canvas (60 x 60 cm)
Singing in the Rain
Singing in the Rain
Julie Hsieh
2019
acrylic on canvas (120 x 150 cm)
Dahlia Series: Purple
Dahlia Series: Purple
Julie Hsieh
2019
acrylic on canvas (60 x 60 cm)
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Julie Hsieh
2019
acrylic on canvas (30 x 30 cm)
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Julie Hsieh
2019
acrylic on canvas
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Julie Hsieh
2019
acrylic on canvas (30 x 30 cm)
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Julie Hsieh
2019
acrylic on canvas (60 x 30 cm)
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Julie Hsieh
2019
acrylic on canvas (60 x 30 cm)
Abstract
Abstract
Julie Hsieh
2017
acrylic on canvas (41 x 53 cm)
Autumn Colors 3
Autumn Colors 3
Julie Hsieh
2018
acrylic on canvas (60 x 30 cm)
Rainbow Abstract 6
Rainbow Abstract 6
Julie Hsieh
2017
acrylic on canvas (15.5 x 22 cm)
Autumn Colors 2
Autumn Colors 2
Julie Hsieh
2018
acrylic on canvas (30 x 30 cm)
Autumn Colors 1
Autumn Colors 1
Julie Hsieh
2018
acrylic on canvas (60 x 30 cm)
Eternal Spring
Eternal Spring
Julie Hsieh
2018
acrylic on canvas (150 x 240 cm)
Heart
Heart
Julie Hsieh
2018
mixed media (100 x 100 cm)
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Julie Hsieh
2018
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Julie Hsieh
2018
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Julie Hsieh
2018
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Julie Hsieh
2018
Boundless Light
Boundless Light
Julie Hsieh
2018
oil and acrylic on canvas (150 x 180 cm)
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Julie Hsieh
2018
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Julie Hsieh
2018
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Julie Hsieh
2018
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Julie Hsieh
2018
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Julie Hsieh
2018
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Julie Hsieh
2018
pastel on paper
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Julie Hsieh
2018
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Julie Hsieh
2018
Concerto
Concerto
Julie Hsieh
2018
oil and acrylic on canvas (60 x 72 cm)
Passacaglia
Passacaglia
Julie Hsieh
2018
acrylic on canvas (60 x 72 cm)
Tarantella
Tarantella
Julie Hsieh
2018
oil and acrylic on canvas (80 x 116 cm)
Toccata
Toccata
Julie Hsieh
2018
acrylic on canvas (60 x 72 cm)
Scherzo
Scherzo
Julie Hsieh
2018
acrylic on canvas (60 x 72 cm)
Fermata
Fermata
Julie Hsieh
oil and acrylic on canvas (72 x 60 cm)
Cantata
Cantata
Julie Hsieh
2018
oil and acrylic on canvas (72 x 60 cm)
Nocturne
Nocturne
Julie Hsieh
2018
oil and acrylic on canvas (60 x 72 cm)
Fugue
Fugue
Julie Hsieh
2018
acrylic on canvas (150 x 180 cm)
World Tree
World Tree
Julie Hsieh
Nature constantly inspires me. For this piece, I painted outdoors in Hualien, the east of Taiwan, well-known for its abundant and overwhelming nature. The branches of the trees criss-crossing and bending over and under looked like fingers intertwining, the holding of hands. A wind blew by, sweeping the long branches to and fro as I attempted to capture this movement with shades of purple oil and pastel mixed together. Final touch was adding the light green leaves to the branches, giving the tree life and youthful energy, reminding me of the perennial and regenerative nature of trees. This tree that stood before me has its counterparts in other parts of the world, inspiring perhaps another to paint the world tree.
Without Boundaries
Without Boundaries
Julie Hsieh
2018
pastel and oil on canvas (70 x 100 cm)
The Height
The Height
Julie Hsieh
2017
acrylic on canvas (70 x 50 cm)
Abstraction 3
Abstraction 3
Julie Hsieh
2017
acrylic on canvas (20 x 20 cm)
Abstraction 2
Abstraction 2
Julie Hsieh
2017
acrylic on canvas (20 x 20 cm)
Abstraction 1
Abstraction 1
Julie Hsieh
2017
acrylic on canvas (20 x 20 cm)
Scintillating Web
Scintillating Web
Julie Hsieh
2017
acrylic and water color on canvas (174 x 124 cm)
Purity
Purity
Julie Hsieh
2017
acrylic on canvas (100 x 100 cm)
In Flight
In Flight
Julie Hsieh
2017
acrylic on canvas (200 x 200 cm)
Concrete Blue
Concrete Blue
Julie Hsieh
2017
acrylic on canvas (45 x 38 cm)
Anticipation
Anticipation
Julie Hsieh
2017
acrylic on canvas (100 x 100 cm)
Void
Void
Julie Hsieh
2017
acrylic on canvas (80 x 60 cm)
Chrysanthemum
Chrysanthemum
Julie Hsieh
2017
acrylic on canvas
Dance III
Dance III
Julie Hsieh
2017
mixed media (35 x 35 cm)
Dance II
Dance II
Julie Hsieh
2017
mixed media (35 x 35 cm)
Dance I
Dance I
Julie Hsieh
2017
mixed media (35 x 35 cm)
Zen
Zen
Julie Hsieh
2017
acrylic on canvas (27 x 35 cm)
Gumdrop
Gumdrop
Julie Hsieh
2017
acrylic on canvas
Serenity
Serenity
Julie Hsieh
2017
acrylic on canvas (100 x 100 cm)
Do Si Do
Do Si Do
Julie Hsieh
2017
acrylic on canvas (138 x 170 cm)
Adrift
Adrift
Julie Hsieh
2017
acrylic on canvas (60 x 90 cm)
Rain
Rain
Julie Hsieh
2017
acrylic on canvas (27 x 35 cm)
Flame Lotus
Flame Lotus
Julie Hsieh
2017
acrylic on canvas (27 x 35 cm)
Sunset Dream of a Plateau
Sunset Dream of a Plateau
Julie Hsieh
2017
acrylic on canvas (65 x 90 cm)
Je Suis La Paix
Je Suis La Paix
Julie Hsieh
2017
acrylic on canvas (180 x 60 cm)
Dancing Lotus
Dancing Lotus
Julie Hsieh
2017
acrylic on canvas
Deluge Of The Great Canyon
Deluge Of The Great Canyon
Julie Hsieh
2016
acrylic on canvas (120 x 90 cm)
Dancing Fireflies
Dancing Fireflies
Julie Hsieh
2016
water color on canvas (120 x 90 cm)
Dahlia no. 3: Solar
Dahlia no. 3: Solar
Julie Hsieh
2016
acrylic on canvas (90 x 90 cm)
Dahlia no. 2: Rebirth
Dahlia no. 2: Rebirth
Julie Hsieh
2016
acrylic on canvas (90 x 90 cm)
Dahlia no. 1: Innocence
Dahlia no. 1: Innocence
Julie Hsieh
2016
acrylic on canvas (90 x 90 cm)
Comets
Comets
Julie Hsieh
2016
acrylic on canvas (90 x 60 cm)
Flame
Flame
Julie Hsieh
2016
acrylic on canvas (80 x 60 cm)

This piece has been described by the following:

"Very thought provoking and emotionally charged."

"It is a very vigorous piece. It certainly invokes a consuming hot presence."

"I love it. Because the white strokes are like feathers. It lets me associate that birds are flying out of the flame, with the meaning of many hopes, even though people are in difficulties."

Aftermath
Aftermath
Julie Hsieh
2016
acrylic on canvas (90 x 60 cm)
Typhoon
Typhoon
Julie Hsieh
2016
acrylic on canvas (90 x 60 cm)
Snow Lotus
Snow Lotus
Julie Hsieh
2016
acrylic on canvas (40 x 40 cm)
Feathers In Autumn Flight
Feathers In Autumn Flight
Julie Hsieh
2016
acrylic on canvas (40 x 40 cm)
Sunny Garden
Sunny Garden
Julie Hsieh
2016
acrylic on canvas (40 x 40 cm)
Rain On Spring Sprout
Rain On Spring Sprout
Julie Hsieh
2016
acrylic on canvas (40 x 40 cm)