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Symphony of Visionary Colors: Oil paintings by Wen-Yau Wu at NMH
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Page 17
2010-06-09 12:00 AM
Date: June 4 to July 4

Gallery: 2F Room 201, 203

National Museum of History

Wen-Yau Wu, a Chinese painter living in the U.S., was born in 1935 at Da-Jia, Taichung. Da-Jia is famous for the Jen-Lan Temple, whose gate faced the door of Wu's home. Deeply influenced by the temple's aura and culture, Wu became accustomed to the passionate and unconstrained nature of Taiwanese folk art.

After graduating from the fine art department of the National Taiwan Normal University in 1959, Wu served for a while as a full-time teacher. Later he served in the curatorial teams of several major art exhibitions in Taiwan and overseas, as well as creating his own works. At the end of 1974, recommended by former NMH director, Hao-Tian Ho, both Wu and Yu-Shan Lin went to New York for advanced study in art. Thus began a rich and splendid artistic American life for Wu.

In Wu's early years, he devoted himself essentially to the fine brushwork technique, in such media as oils, watercolor, acrylic, and so on. His early works showed his strong capability as a realistic painter who had undergone academic training. In the 1990s, Wu had found his inner hunger to create. In order to widen his vision and to create in his own way, he learned diligently from great painters by reading a wide variety of art books. Soon, he began to paint with the help of his sense of hearing, merging what he saw or imagined with the music of the likes of Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, Song dynasty Poetry and Yuan dynasty drama, creating combinations of bold colors and abundant changes in form.

In recent years, Wu has adopted the latest synthetic media, creating an effect of fluent brushwork and rendering that fully expresses the aura of Chinese ink painting and calligraphy.

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