Chang Chieh

1921-2016, Shanghai China

Introduction

Chang Chieh is a celebrated Taiwan artist recognised for his lotus flowers, brilliant colours and carefully composed artworks. Born in 1921 in Shanghai, he graduated from the Chengtse Art College, Danyang in Jiangsu Province in 1948. He immigrated to Taipei in 1949 and began teaching. During this period he continued painting and in 1958, set up the Chinese Watercolour Society. Starting in the 1970s, he was invited to give speeches and hold painting demonstrations at various locations around the world, including in Taipei, Berlin, New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. He has won several awards during his career, including Honorable Mention at USIS/Taipei in 1960 and at the 7th São Paolo Biennial in 1963, Best Watercolourist of the Year Taipei in 1967 and the Supreme Painter in Arts by the International University in the United States in 1990. His work has been compared to the Five Dynasties painter Xu Xi and the Qing painter Gao Yun, both known for introducing revolutionary techniques in flower painting, and for establishing it as a genre. He once said in an interview about his exhibition organised by Alisan Fine Arts that “Lotus represents me – I am a lotus after all.” 

Alisan Fine Arts began representing Chang in 1981, holding a solo exhibition for him at the Société Générale that year –this was the first show that Alice King organised. Since then the gallery has held four more solo exhibitions for the artist, including two large scale shows at the Hong Kong Arts Centre in 1983 and 1991. Following a group show, titled Elements of Spring, in 1997 the gallery brought his works to Tresors Singapore. Since 1957, Chang Chieh has had over thirty solo exhibitions and group shows. His works have been exhibited in the United States, Brazil, Germany, China, Singapore, Japan, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. His paintings have been collected by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taiwan and numerous collectors worldwide.



BIOGRAPHY

1921        Born in Shanghai, China

1948        Graduated from Chengtse Art College, T’anyang, Jiangsu

1949        Left China to teach in Taipei

1958        Founded “Chinese Watercolour Society” in Taipei

1970        Invited by USIS to give a speech at Taipei Lincoln Center on American Culture

1986        Invited by Pacific Asia Travel Association to give painting demonstrations in Berlin, Germany

1987        Invited by PATA to give painting demonstrations in New York, Washington DC, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles

2016        Passed away in July in Taiwan

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2009       

  • Solo Exhibition, No.1 Art Museum, Shanghai, China

2006       

  • Solo Exhibition, Yibo Art Gallery, Shanghai, China

2000  

  • Solo Exhibition, Howard Salon, Taipei, Taiwan

1999       

  • Solo Exhibition, Miami, Florida, the United States

1998       

  • Chang Chie's New Painting, Taiwan Museum of Art, Taichung, Taiwan

1996       

  • The Gem World of Chang Chieh, National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan

1994       

  • National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan; Cafe Gallery, Singapore

1992       

  • Chinese Water Ink solo show, Kander’s Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

1989       

  • Solo Exhibition, Singapore, Taipei and Kaohsiung, Taiwan

1987       

  • “Flowers by Chang Chieh” orgainsed by Alisan Fine Arts, Tokyo American Club, Japan

1985       

  • Solo exhibition, Rockefeller Gallery, New York, the United States; Arts Promotion (Alisan Fine Arts), Hong Kong

1981       

  • Solo Exhibition, Arts Promotion (Alisan Fine Arts), Hong Kong

1975       

  • Chang Chieh’s Lotus Art Exhibition, National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan

1970       

  • Solo Exhibition, City Hall, Hong Kong

1968/9

  • Solo exhibition, New York, Washington, San Francisco, organised by Sino-American Cultural Association and Pacific University, the United States

1964       

  • Works tour Africa; solo exhibition, Taipei, Taiwan

1950       

  • Solo Watercolour shown in Changhua, Tainan and Taipei, Taiwan

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015       

  • Group exhibition, Shanghai Art Fair, Longsun Art Space, Shanghai, China

2012        

1999       

  • Shanghai and Taipei Arts Fairs

1997       

  • Participated in the Taipei and Singapore International Art Fairs

1991       

  • “Of Flowers and Places” organised by Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong

1983       

  • “Flowers” sponsored by Arts Promotion at Hong Kong Art Centre, Hong Kong

1978       

  • Contemporary Chinese Art from Taiwan, Hong Kong Art Centre, Hong Kong

1977       

  • Ten Leading Chinese Artists Exhibition, Japan

1976       

  • 10 Leading Chinese Artists, Dai-ichi Annual Exhibition, Japan

1975       

  • Chinese Contemporary Artists Exhibition, City Hall, Hong Kong

1974       

  • Ann Arbor, Michigan, the United States

1967       

  • New Haven, Connecticut, the United States

1965       

  • National History Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Contemporary Free Chinese Art Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan

1963       

  • Sao Paulo Biennial VII, Brazil

1962       

  • Saigon International Art Exhibition I, Vietnam

1961       

  • National Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

1959       

  • Sao Paulo Biennial V, Brazil

1957       

  • Sao Paulo Biennial International Art Exhibition IV, Brazil

 

SELECTED AWARDS

1960        Honourable mention at USIS/Taipei

1963        Honourable mention at Sao Paolo Biennial VII

1967        Awarded “Best Watercolorist of the Year” Taipei

1990        Awarded “The Supreme Painter in Arts” by The International University, USA