Whether it is the universe, landscape, flowers or throttle, whenever one stops in front of Chung-Chuan Cheng's paintings, one can always find hints of nature in her creations. Signs of vitality and stability are hidden in the strokes of her artwork, peeking through. To the artist, unlike realistic paintings, these pieces which are full of natural beauty, are a vision of the strong feelings at heart. She once said, "The colors are subjective, not an imitation of nature." Life's ever-changing beauty and abundance has provided Chung-Chuan Cheng a rich and unbounded abstract world, where she heartily breakthroughs the image at heart. Just as the founder of abstract painting Wassily Kandinsky once quoted, “The true work of art is born from the Artist: a mysterious, enigmatic, and mystical creation. It detaches itself from him, it acquires an autonomous life, becomes a personality, an independent subject, animated with a spiritual breath, the living subject of a real existence of being.”
The "A Stroll in Fantasy" exhibition is a 2016 solo exhibit at Powen Gallery and Moons Art Gallery, which encompasses work by Chung-Chuan Cheng since the 1990s, summing up the creative process along the way. She said, "Painting images are easy, it is conveying the feeling of image that is challenging." From the 80s to late 90s, Chung-Chuan Cheng’s paintings are mostly semi-figurative or abstractly presented, showing the beautiful and delicate style. If carefully admired, one will be able to feel the flexible character of the artist through the painting and explore the essence of life and natural phenomena. After 2000, the pieces do not have as clear an image as before. She embodies a stronger momentum with accumulated emotions swaying on the canvas, either by dropping or throwing paint, causing a visual dynamic spread and upward curved strokes that seem to be climbing. The artist can make people feel a steady stream of vitality, and under the bold colors, Chung-Chuan Cheng reveals the soft thoughts of a women using swirls that never disappear in the paintings. Thousands of back turn strokes are metaphorical of the path of life of the artist; after all the ups and downs she finally found a place in life. Just like a mother, after a multitude of worrying, she finally lets her children go; the artist combines rigid and soft contrasts, exploring the complex subconscious in depth.
In her recent works, Chung-Chuan Cheng continues abstract paintings, and along with the flow and mood of aging, rather than strong strokes, there is a more restrained and artistic feeling, strokes rounded, full and peaceful. The subject and background of the image are more blurred, just as the human spirit when one's thoughts have reached the extreme, the state is not accurate yet vague. Imprecision often contains unforeseen vitality and creativity; painting is no exception, when creation has no more precise boundaries, there are no longer any limits.
Chung-Chuan Cheng, the first generation of post-war female artists, is a founding member of the Fifth Moon Group. After marriage she lived in Japan until 1989, when she returned to Taiwan, picked up the paintbrush again, devoting her life to creating artwork.