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LAST UPDATE : 2018.12.3 / EDITOR : avatintern
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Hu Chau-Tsung was born in 1981 in Taipei, Taiwan. Studying in the Master’s Program of Fine Arts, Taipei National University of the Arts.

Hu Chau-Tsung continually focuses on observing and researching the symbiosis of humanity and nature. In his artworks, Hu is aiming to express the common boundary of natural environment and artificial scene – a vague, ambiguous and untouchable relationship and a penetrating and contradictory sense of space. He picks up the image about the edge and outline of the region in life, and then composes them to the self-experiences. His works show his fantasy about the Nature, which arouse the viewers to rethink how to exist naturally and to think back the landscape over again.

Hu Chau-Tsung has received many awards: Merit Award at the New Century Painting Exhibition of Cathay Life Insurance in 2005; 1st Place in Oil Painting at the 10th Art Exhibition of Zhonghe City in 2006, etc. Hu’s artworks In a Better Future, In Between and Under the Gaze of Unknown were purchased and collected by the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts in Taichung.

“We will find out that we are like at the end of something. Beyond the “something” is the vast sea. In such a separation, we are truly naked in Nature.”
── Seton Smith

Born in Taipei, I have never lived elsewhere than a city of cement forest. Getting away from the city to the suburbs or the country fields to enjoy the air of freedom now has become a necessary relaxation for me. Therefore, I have always longed for Nature and created my own imagination about it since I was a child. Staying close to Nature is not a slogan for me, but a life practice, which has been a part of life since my childhood. As I grew older, my territory became wider. I have realized that the places I frequently visit indeed share something in common – cross-border and transitional. The space-time is full of the ambiguous uncertainty that one cannot really identify.

The natural surroundings have experienced changes because of the gradual penetration of civilization, while the landscape has also transformed with the extension of humans’ territory and their dominance. The mutual combination or intrusion between Nature and civilization creates a juxtaposed complicacy of space. The highly varied environment makes the idea of space contradictory and permeating. Roads are the most apparent example. The extension of roads can be regarded as the beginning of landscape’s transformation. They cut through the land, bringing us transportation as well as various effects. Roads make the following development possible, extending the transformation to a farther place. As for the uncrossable places, people build bridges to connect both ends. Constructions in Nature divide and separate the landscape, creating a distance between Nature and us, while they also allow us an easier access to Nature. A dual state like this is particularly emphasized in the cross-border region between two areas. The uncertainty and the instability of the environment attract me more. When I experience the changes in various stages, the present situation at the moment often creates conflict or contradiction in my mind. In these areas, behind me are the roads built by humans while in front of us are the “trails” hidden in Nature. I often expect that my next step will lead me to the territory of Nature. However, every time when I walk on it, there is either an artificial structure standing at the end of the road (such as bars, wave-dissipating concrete block, and etc.) separating me from Nature or a giant artificial structure on the vast grassland welcoming me. Nature and civilization are repetitively overlapped, intruded, or extended toward each other. Some areas are under construction while other areas are left with ruins, waiting for Nature to reoccupy. My heart at the moment is often filled with complicacy and confusion about the concept of space in Nature or in the civilization. I can only understand the transitional area where the two co-exist with each other. Therefore, I choose an open-minded attitude toward the relationship to reveal the emotions evoked by the present surroundings. My longing for and my imagination of the beautiful Nature are also hidden within.

Through the deconstruction and the rearrangement of space, I fold the concept of space as a response to my own feeling about the environment. I select the objects that are relatively close to our daily experiences to create a concept of space, which cannot be rationalized visually. Such spaces allow a stronger extension in the cross-border regions, highlighting the co-existence or the conflict between Nature and civilization. The roads in the images can be considered the extension of part of the artist’s will to search for (toward) the beautiful Nature. Meanwhile, the artificial constructions are deconstructed to disarm the power of civilization, allowing Nature to be reborn from it or preserving the remaining territory of Nature. The image clearly signifies a transition from the artificial scenes to the paradise of Nature, revealing the longing for Nature and the calling of it, through which we again explore the existence of Nature and carefully discuss the co-existence – a reexamination of landscape.

With the passion and love for Nature, I ground my artworks on humans and civilizations. I refuse to create conflict, but narrate my feeling in an objective tone. The borders and the margins in the images are not simply visualized as a concept created by humans, but the fantasy of the Nature beyond the border. Perhaps, the “Nature” in our minds is merely the suburbs instead of the real Nature, but it indeed symbolizes my imagination of the primitive Nature as well as some nostalgia for the past.

birth year
1981
Place of Birth
Taipei
Taiwan
Place of Residence
Taipei
Taiwan
education
2017
MFA Department of Fine Arts
Taipei National University of the Arts
2005
MFA Department of Fine Arts
Chinese Culture University
2004
BFA Department of Fine Arts
Chinese Culture University
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CURRICULUM VITAE
2017
Becoming a Place to Be
Liang Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
2014
Boundary Maze
Liang Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
2011
Border Section: The Dom Plain Narrative
Julia Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
2008
Between Silence and Aesthetic Purity
Taipei County Hall Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
2008
Watershed Boundary
Chinese Culture University Student Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
2018
Art Taipei 2018
Taipei World Trade Center , Taipei , Taiwan
2017
Art Formosa 2017
Songshan Cultural and Creative Park , Taipei , Taiwan
2016
Art Taipei 2016
Taipei World Trade Center , Taipei , Taiwan
2016
Art16 London
Olympia Grand , London , UK
2015
Art Kaohsiung 2015
City Suites , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2015
Art Taipei 2015
Taipei World Trade Center , Taipei , Taiwan
2015
Art in the Library II – Summer Festival Exhibition
Liang Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
2015
Art Taichung 2015
Millennium Hotels , Taichung , Taiwan
2015
Art Tainan 2015
Tayih Landis Hotel , Tainan , Taiwan
2015
Freshness of March
Liang Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
2014
Art Kaohsiung 2014
Chateau de Chine , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2014
Walking by Taiwanese Art: 1927-2014
Liang Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
2014
Art Taipei 2014
Taipei World Trade Center , Taipei , Taiwan
2014
Art Taichung 2014
Millennium Hotels , Taichung , Taiwan
2014
Young Art Taipei 2014
Regent Taipei Hotel , Taipei , Taiwan
2014
Art Tainan 2014
Tayih Landis Hotel , Tainan , Taiwan
2014
What We Are Mapping
The Pier-2 Art Center , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2014
Kiss Kiss My Baby Charity Event
Liang Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
2013
YOGO
Taipei National University of the Arts Museum , Taipei , Taiwan
2013
Art Kaohsiung 2013
Chateau de Chine , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2013
Art in the Library
Liang Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
2013
Beautiful Starry Night Sky
Liang Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
2013
Inside.Outside
Yuan Ze University Arts Center , Taoyuan , Taiwan
2012
Back Yart
Stock 20 , Taichung , Taiwan
2012
Art Taipei 2012
Taipei World Trade Center , Taipei , Taiwan
2012
Artist Fair
Taichung Culture and Creative Industries Park, Songshan Cultural and Creative Park , Taichung, Taipei , Taiwan
2012
Exploring with a Balloon – Taiwan Contemporary Art Exhibition
Liang Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
2012
Young Art Taipei 2012
Sheraton Hotel , Taipei , Taiwan
2012
Le Petit Prince
Liang Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
2011
Not So Familiar
Taipei National University of the Arts Museum , Taipei , Taiwan
2011
Treasure Hunting in the Capital × Aesthetic Wondering at Huashan
Huashan 1914 Creative Park , Taipei , Taiwan
2010
King Car Art Exhibition of New Generation
King Car Cultural and Art Center Yuanshan Hall , Yilan , Taiwan
2010
Hwa Kang Exhibition: Extreme Beauty of Culture
National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall , Taipei , Taiwan
2009
Realism of the Mind 2009 – 6 Realism Painters of New Generation
Julia Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
2009
Taiwan International Illustration Art Festival
Huashan 1914 Creative Park Eastern Third Hall , Taipei , Taiwan
2009
Contour – Another Expanse
King Car Cultural & Art Center , Taipei , Taiwan
2009
King Car Art Exhibition of New Generation
King Car Cultural & Art Center Yuanshan Hall , Yilan , Taiwan
2008
Artists Across the Taiwan Strait Group Exhibition
Capital Art Center , Taipei , Taiwan
2008
Realism of the Mind 2008 – 6 Realism Painters of New Generation
Julia Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
2008
Floating Formosa
Taipei Fine Arts Museum , Taipei , Taiwan
2007
Shamao Mountain Painting Club Annual Exhibition
National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall , Taipei , Taiwan
2007
Artists Across the Taiwan Strait Group Exhibition
National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall , Taipei , Taiwan
2006
Shamao Mountain Painting Club Annual Exhibition
National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall , Taipei , Taiwan
2006
Stillness Under the Lights
Taipei Cultural Center , Taipei , Taiwan
2005
Shamao Mountain Painting Club Annual Exhibition
National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall , Taipei , Taiwan
2004
Atypical Realistic Syndrome
Pacific Cultural Foundation , Taipei , Taiwan
2003
Expression.Spirit
Hwa Kang Museum , Taipei , Taiwan
2002
Existence.Imagery
Hwa Kang Museum , Taipei , Taiwan
2002
Departments of Fine Arts at the National Universities Exhibition
Taichung City Seaport Art Center , Taichung , Taiwan
2001
Wu Da-Kuan Joint Exhibition
Taipei Cultural Center , Taipei , Taiwan
2001
Reappear the Appearance of Time
Ren-Ai Hospital Art Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
2008
Honorable Mention
The 1st King Car Young Artist Exhibition
 
Taiwan
2008
Honorable Mention
Taiwan National Oil Painting Competition
 
Taiwan
2008
Selected Award in Oil Painting
Pintung County Art Exhibition
 
Taiwan
2008
Selected Award
The 2nd Daocheng Young Artist Exhibition
 
Taiwan
2008
Selected Award
Kaohsiung Awards
Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts
Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2007
Selected Award in Oil Painting
The 12th Art Exhibition of Taichung City
 
Taiwan
2007
3rd Place in West Painting
The Art Exhibition of Police Day
 
Taiwan
2007
Honorable Mention in The Group of Universities, Colleges and Socialites
The Watercolor Outdoor Sketching Competition of Taiwan Lions
 
Taiwan
2006
1st Place in Oil Painting
The 10th Art Exhibition of Zhonghe City
 
Taiwan
2006
2nd Place in Oil Painting
The 11th Art Exhibition of Taichung City
 
Taiwan
2006
2nd Place in West Painting
The Art Exhibition of Police Day
 
Taiwan
2006
3rd Place in Oil Painting
The 11th Art Exhibition of Changhua County
 
Taiwan
2006
Merit Award
The New Century Painting Exhibition of Cathay Life Insurance
 
Taiwan
2006
Honorable Mention in The Group of Universities, Colleges and Socialites
The Watercolor Outdoor Sketching Competition of Taiwan Lions
 
Taiwan
2005
Merit Award
New Century Painting Exhibition of Cathay Life Insurance
 
Taiwan
2005
Honorable Mention in the Group of Universities, Colleges and Socialites
The 33th Watercolor Outdoor Sketching Competition
 
Taiwan
2003
3rd Place in the Group of Universities, Colleges and Socialites
The Watercolor Outdoor Sketching Competition of Taiwan Lions
 
Taiwan
2003
Selected Award in Watercolor
The 66th Taiyang Art Exhibition
 
Taiwan
2003
Selected Award in Oil Painting
The 27th Taiwan National Painting Competition
 
Taiwan
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