Chu Teh-Chun’s inner light

Chinese artist Chu Teh-Chun (b. 1920) has been a fixture on the Hong Kong contemporary scene for years, and although he has a presence in the West (predominantly France where he is a member of the prestigious Académie des Beaux-Arts) relatively few people outside these circles know his accomplished art.  Perhaps it is time to take note of the 91 year-old painter!

His is a complex artistic oeuvre because, although he draws inspiration from the Abstract Expressionists of the West,Chu’s paintings seem to reach beyond their formal beauty by exuding a lyrical sensibility that is rooted in the Chinese view that painting, like poetry, comes from a single source … the inner ideal.  His paintings therefore celebrate nature in their beauty, translucency and light.

image credit: © Chu Teh-Chun. Untitled, 1973, oil on paper laid down on canvas, signed, 25.5/8 x 19.5/8 in. | 65 x 50 cm. The artist is represented by Feast Projects, Hong Kong.

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