Chien Chung Wei Watercolor

 


About Chien Chung Wei
Chien Chung-Wei was born in 1968 and aimed to be a painter at age 10. He earned the master degree in Fine Arts, National Taiwan Normal University and was selected as one of the 30 painters in One Hundred Years of Watercolor in Taiwan in 2009. In 2010, he set up the world’s first live demonstration teaching system in Chung-Wei Chien’s Art Studio for teaching watercolor. And in 2014, he was selected in the 147th AWS Annual International Exhibition and the 94th NWS Annual International Exhibition; which made him the first Taiwanese painter get selected in the AWS and NWS annual exhibition. In addition, he was also accepted as the signature member in NWS in the same year.The watercolor works of Chien Chung-Wei appear to embrace the spirits and temperament of the Western watercolor masters over the last two centuries. By age 32, his works tended to be delicate and classic and were reminiscent of the works of William Henry Hunt and Myles Birket Foster. After that, he gradually focused on the expression of the essence of watercolors. You can see the spirits of some great watercolor masters, such as Thomas Girtin, John Sell Cotman, J.M.W. Turner, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sergent, and Edward Seago, in his works. In the meantime, he also broke the boundary between watercolors and oil paints. He created a series of works using watercolors and gouache and looked like the Romantic oil paintings in the 19th century. Those works totally changed the conventional impression of watercolors. His works are temperant and classic in colors with masterful brushstrokes, which endow every character with a rich fullness. He creates the beauty and intrigue of form even with ordinary subjects, and that’s the enchantment of his watercolors.In the trend of the contemporary art, Chien Chung-Wei enjoys the popularity in recent years. This seems to let us reconsider the pictorial value of the classic spirit in painting.

1968
Born in Keelung, Taiwan.

1978
Aims to be a painter.

1985
Attends art studios learning sketching and watercolor.

1986
Attends the Department of Applied Arts, Fu Jen Catholic University with a top of the nationwide score in sketching, but a pretty low score in watercolor on the college extrance examination.

1990
Graduates from the Deparment of Applied Arts, Fu Jen Catholic University with seven watercolor portraits as the honors project.

1998
Earns the master degree in Fine Arts, National Taiwan Normal University; opens the first solo exhibition, “Symphony Poems in the End of 20th Century", and publishes The Watercolor Collection of Chung-Wei Chien.

1999
Receives the Second Annual Arts Award, Rotary Club of Taipei Tunghua.

2001
Co-founds Chung-Wei Chien’s Art Studio with Hsiao-Hui Huang; teaches painting basics.

2001 – 2011
Works as a part-time lecturer teaching watercolor couses in the Department of Applied Arts, Fu Jen Catholic University.

2005 – present
Serves as the director of Chinese Asia-Pacific Watercolor Association.

2006
Publishes Learning Watercolors from Demonstrations.

2009
Is selected as one of the 30 painters in One Hundred Years of Watercolor in Taiwan and is invited to join the Exhibition of Watercolor Classics in Taiwan.

2010
Sets up the world’s first live demonstration teaching system in Chung-Wei Chien’s Art Studio for teaching watercolor.

2013
Is featured in the 13rd issue of The Art of Watercolour Magazine: France, Sep. /Oct., 2013.

2014
Is selected in the 147th AWS Annual International Exhibition and is the first Taiwanese painter got selected in the AWS annual exhibition.

2014
Opens the second solo exhibition and publishes The Intrigue of Form.

2014
The Waterways in Venice, is selected as the finalist in International Artist Magazine’s Art Prize Challenge No. 80 and is published in Issue 96 April/May 2014.

2014
Is invited by the World Watermedia Exposition Thailand for group exhibition and painting on site.

2014
The Watercolour Impressions of Venice is selected in the Open Water, Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour Annual Open Juried Exhibition.

2014
One Night in Venice is selected in the 94th NWS Annual International Exhibition and is the first Taiwanese painter got selected in the NWS annual exhibition and became the signature member.

2014
Snow Scene in Shirakawa wins the Best of Show in Watermedia Showcase competition 2014.

2014
Is invited by Zhongshan International Watercolor Exhibition for the group exhibition and painting on site.

2014
Is featured in the 17th issue of Watercolor Express Magazine: Taiwan, Dec. 2014.

2014
Is featured in the 17th issue of The Art of Watercolour Magazine: France, Dec. 2014/Feb. 2015.

2015
Bali Left Bank Park wins the Alan R. Chiara Memorial Award in the 148th Annual International Exhibition of American Watercolor Society (AWS).

簡忠威出生於台灣1968,十歲立志當畫家。1998 台灣師範大學美術研究所西畫創作組碩士。2009 獲選為台灣百年水彩經典三十位畫家之一,2010 於簡忠威畫室架構全球獨創現場示範視訊直撥教學系統,進行水彩畫教學。2014成為台灣首位入圍美國二個最有代表性的水彩畫協會AWS與NWS的國際年展,同時獲得NWS簽名會員。簡忠威的水彩畫,似乎隱藏了多位近二百年來的西方古典水彩名家的精神與氣質。32歲以前的作品典雅精緻,就像是現代版的William Henry Hunt與Myles Birket Foster;32歲以後的作品,則逐漸強調水彩本質的表現,你可以很清楚的看到Thomas Girtin、 John Sell Cotman 、 J.M.W. Turner、Winslow Homer 、John Singer Sargent..一直到近代的Edward Seago,這幾位偉大的水彩靈魂在他的作品中閃耀著。他同時也將水彩和油畫的界線打破,一系列加了Gouache的水彩就像是十九世紀的浪漫派油畫,強力顛覆了水彩表現的既定印象。他的用色節制而典雅,下筆簡練卻豐富。不起眼的題材在他筆下,往往成了唯美的"形趣",這就是簡忠威的水彩令人著迷的地方。在當代藝術的時代潮流中,簡忠威近年在國際水彩畫壇的崛起,似乎也讓我們從新思考古典精神的繪畫性價值。

1968
出生於台灣基隆。

1978
十歲立志當畫家。

1985
正式進入畫室學習素描、水彩。

1986
學美術術科入學考試,以素描全國最高分,水彩卻是連低標都不夠的60分,應屆考入輔仁大學應用美術系。

1990
以七幅水彩肖像畫為畢業製作,自輔仁大學應用美術系畢業。

1998
台灣師範大學美術研究所西畫創作組碩士。

1998
舉行研究所畢業水彩創作首次個展「世紀末交響詩」。出版《簡忠威畫集》。

1999
第二屆東華扶輪美術獎得主。

2001
與黃曉惠共同創立「簡忠威畫室」,進行基礎繪畫教學。

2001-2011
擔任輔仁大學應用美術系水彩課程兼任講師。

2005
擔任中華亞太水彩藝術協會理事。

2006
出版水彩工具書《看示範學水彩》。

2009
獲選為台灣百年水彩經典三十位畫家之一,受邀參展「台灣經典水彩特展」。

2010
於簡忠威畫室架構全球獨創現場示範視訊直撥教學系統,進行水彩畫教學 。

2013
獲法國《水彩藝術》雜誌第12期秋季號,以十頁篇幅專題訪問。

2014
畫作《大阪小鎮》入選美國水彩畫協會AWS第147屆國際年展(首位台灣畫家入選該年展)。

2014
舉行第二次水彩個展,出版語錄畫冊《形趣之境》。

2014
《威尼斯水道》入選澳洲《國際藝術家雜誌》(International Artist Magazine)第八十屆藝術獎項挑戰決賽,並刊登於同年4/5月出版的第96期雜誌。

2014
受邀泰國世界水彩博覽會(World Watermedia Exposition Thailand)寫生名家。

2014
畫作《威尼斯水彩印象》入選加拿大水彩畫家協會(Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour)Open Water公開評審年展。

2014
畫作《威尼斯之夜》入選全美水彩畫會NWS第94屆國際年展並榮獲署名會員資格。

2014
畫作《合掌村的雪景》榮獲Watermedia Showcase 2014年度大賽第一名。

2014
受邀參加中國廣東省中山市首屆中山國際水彩名家邀請展暨名家寫生。

2014
獲《水彩藝術資訊》第17期雜誌(2014年12月)專訪。

2014
獲法國《水彩藝術》雜誌第17期冬季號專訪。

2015

畫作《八里左岸》入選美國水彩畫協會AWS第148屆國際年展,並榮獲Alan R. Chiara紀念獎。

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