Modern ink painter Lee Chung-Chung holds her 2017 solo exhibition, Poetic Universe, at Liang Gallery. Filled with poetic and artistic connotations, her artistic style features an inner spirit that integrates elements of Eastern philosophy. With the vast, limitless universe as her teacher, she creates wondrous and beautiful realms.
In the early 1960s, when Lee was studying at the Art Department of the Political Warfare Cadres School (today’s Fu Hsing Kang College), her teacher, Lin Ke-Gong, remarked: “Since the beginning, fine art has always served as a type of abstract symbol.” This statement sparked Lee’s interest towards abstract art. In 1968, along with such artists as Liu Kuo-Sung, she co-founded Chinese Ink Painting Study Association, which launched her lifelong practice and creation of modern ink painting.
In the artist’s pictures, the ink stains, splashes, outlines, rubbings, and dry erasing are coupled with a free and easy level of brushwork and a strategic application of force. New concepts for using traditional techniques and the meticulous arrangement of layered compositions allow her pictures to present a unity of heaven and earth, as well as that of mind and spirit. Along with the rhythm between intent and body, the brushstrokes further enable her creations to become a spiritual space for inner dialogues.
Looking back at the creative journey of Lee Chung-Chung over the last five decades, one can see her stable presence in the world of art. She never once deviated from her pursuit of abstract ink painting due to social environments or ever-changing artistic trends. She has steadfastly explored abstract art, spending many years to complete a personal context to her art. With ink art, Lee is able to reflect a uniquely elegant aesthetic and a divine rhythm. For over more than half a century, Lee’s artistic achievements and contributions have earned her an extremely important representative position in Taiwan’s post-war art history, and a wide level of respect in the art community.