Simple Noble: The Artist Careers of Liao Shiou-Ping

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Duration:2019.08.17 (sat.) – 2019.09.29 (sun.)
Opening:2019.08.17 (sat.) 3:00pm
Forum:2019.08.24 (sat.) 3:00pm
Workshop:2019.09.07 (sat.) 3:00pm
Venue:Liang gallery 1F, 2F
Artist:Liao Shiou-Ping


Known as Taiwan’s “Father of Modern Printmaking,” Liao Shiou-Ping is a versatile artist not limited to print art. His more than 70-year artistic career began at the age of fifteen, and since then he has adventured into the practices of oil painting, print art, and mixed media.  He studied with the Taiwanese masters such as Lee Shih-Chiao and Liao Chi-Chun, from whom he inherited the stance to pilot Taiwan’s modern and contemporary art. Later, he moved to Japan to study with Matsuki Kazuo and Masato Takahashi to acquire a perfect command of color and composition, and finally to France where he studied with Roger Chastel andS. W. Hayter to mastered oil painting and print art.


Modest and focused, the artist transforms the plain and simple symbols into an aesthetics which is profound and noble. For the past fifty years, he has held numerous solo exhibitions at public art museums, but the upcoming Simple and Noble: The Artistic Path of Liao Shiou-Ping at Liang Gallery, a landmark as it is, will be his first time at a private gallery. The exhibition is a highlight of a contemporary master’s artistic path with selections from his early works in the 1960s to the latest works in 2019.


In spite of the years spent in the West and the cultural influence that has come with it, Professor Liao Shiou-Ping never abandons the Eastern culture, philosophy, and education which he considers his root. Such a sentiment is infused into his works, visualized through the virtual-versus-real, or yin-versus-yan Eastern philosophy as received in the changing of the seasons. The world is a circle of life to reveal the truth of life, through which the artist perfectly expresses his longing for his native culture while away from home.


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Liao Shiou-Ping was born in 1936, in Taipei, Taiwan, and grew up in the neighborhood of Lungshan Temple in the Monga area of Taipei. After graduating from the Department of Fine Arts at the Taiwan Provincial University of Education (now National Taiwan Normal University, NTNU), Liao decided to further his studies and went to Japan and France. Eventually he studied intaglio in the famous Atelier 17 Printmaking Studio in Paris. During the period of studying abroad, Liao was aware of the importance of his own culture, and derived inspirations from familiar childhood scenes such as Lungshan Temple, Wanhua Market and all the festive celebrations and crowds of worshippers, and used various techniques to make prints. Later on, while staying in the United States, Liao learned a variety of brand-new print techniques, started his own studio, and earned numerous awards. However, at the time when serious political-diplomatic crises erupted in Taiwan, Liao chose to come back and taught printmaking courses in NTNU, as well as traveled around Taiwan giving lectures and hands-on demonstrations, helping to lay the foundations for the subsequent development of modern printmaking. Liao Shiou-Ping is now widely considered as Taiwan’s “Father of Modern Print-Making”.




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