In the trend of contemporary art, Chien Chung-Wei enjoys popularity in recent years. His work makes us reconsider the pictorial value of the classic spirit in painting. He is known for breaking the boundary between watercolors and oil paints. Chien created a series of works using watercolors and gouache that looked like the Romantic oil paintings in the 19th century. Those works totally changed the conventional impression of watercolors. His works include classic colors with masterful brushstrokes, which endow every character with a rich fullness. He creates the beauty and intrigue of form even with ordinary subjects, and that’s the enchantment of his watercolors.
The watercolor works of Chien Chung-Wei appear to embrace the spirits and temperament of the Western watercolor masters over the last two centuries. By age 32, his works tended to be delicate and classic and were reminiscent of works made by William Henry Hunt and Myles Birket Foster. After that, he gradually focused on the expression of the essence of watercolors. You can see the spirits of some great watercolor masters, such as Thomas Girtin, John Sell Cotman, J.M.W. Turner, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sergent, and Edward Seago, in his works.
Chien Chung-Wei was born in 1968 and aimed to be a painter at age 10. He earned a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from the National Taiwan Normal University and was selected as one of the 30 painters in One Hundred Years of Watercolor in Taiwan in 2009. In 2010, he set up the world’s first live demonstration teaching system in his studio for teaching watercolor.
In 2014, he was the first Taiwanese painter ever selected for the 147th AWS and 94th annual NWS Annual International Exhibitions. In addition, he was also accepted as the signature member in NWS in the same year.