CHUEH MING-TE


Chueh Ming-Te, who was born in 1918 in Wuxian, Jiangsu, China, studied under Kuan Liang, Ni I-Te, and Ting Yen-Yung at the Department of Western Painting at the Shanghai Training School of Fine Arts (now Shanghai Training School of Fine Arts). After graduation, thanks to sculptor Chang Chung-Jen, he delved into sculpture and continued to study it for many years. In 1949, Chueh, together with Chen Ting-Shan, Kao Yi-Hung, and Wang Chuang-Wei, established Chinese Art Gallery. Chueh served as a Member of the Ministry of Education’s Art Education Committee, Director of China Sculpture Institute, Chinese Painter Calligrapher Association, and Chinese Painting Institute. He received the Zhongshan Art Award, the National Culture and Arts Award, and was appointed as Reviewer at Taiwan Provincial Fine Arts Exhibition. He was Professor of Drawing and Engraving at Political Warfare Cadres School (now Fu Hsing Kang College), the Taiwan Provincial University of Education (now National Taiwan Normal University), Fu-Hsin Trade and Arts School, and Hsinchu Teachers’ College (now National Hsinchu University of Education).

 

The style of Chueh Ming-Te’s early works was mostly realistic. Only in the 1960’s he switched towards more abstract forms. He believed that realistic style does not really convey inner thoughts and ideas one wishes to elaborate. Therefore, he employed realism to explore pure spirit of sculpture, by applying figurative realism and through constant thinking, he managed to simplify the shape. Simple and concise shape presented connotation and characteristics of sculpture.

 

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