Chen Ting-Shih, ‘Untitled’, 1976, Galerie du Monde

Chen Ting-Shih (1913 -2002)
With works spanning from lithographs and ink to sculpture and calligraphy, Chen was a member of the Fifth Moon Group who is also included as one of the Asian artists in Ferrier’s Art of the 20th Century, and who was an instrumental figure in the development of Taiwanese modern art. One of the pioneers of late Chinese lithography, Chen, although deaf at a young age, invented his signature technique using bagasse plates, the natural cracking of which becomes the artist’s unique artistic characteristic. Chen amalgamates Western artistic concepts with Eastern aesthetic, creating a visual language that is at once both abstract and concrete, as well as traditional and modern.