In the Spotlight: Paul Chiang: a lifetime in search of the light
“For the last 55 years, it’s been clear to me that each series is different; however, light remains the most important element that I want to express in my work.”
Every morning he wakes up at 4 or 5 AM excited to begin his latest creation as the sun comes up. He doesn’t leave his workshop until dusk. By night, he watches the light dance on the surface of the ocean while the moon rises.
Artist Paul Chiang has been creating art for more than half a century. He remained committed to forging his own path through continued metamorphosis across the covered window paintings of his younger years in Paris and New York City up until his critically acclaimed “Hundred Year Temple” series and “Pisilian” series, bursting with the explosive sunlight of Taitung, that he created upon returning to his native Taiwan.
Chiang has followed this singular path with an almost religious conviction that art can heal the world.
While in New York and Paris, Chiang’s work was full of deep blacks and rich colors. His paintings were infused with a lofty intrinsic power dedicated to exploring the mysteries of birth, death, and life. He would cover the windows of his studio and individually confront the big questions presented by his art. “The Notre Dame de Paris” and “Death in Distance” are representative pieces from this era.
Upon returning to Taiwan and settling in Jinzun, Taitung, Chiang’s work became much more colorful. “Many people tell me they see flowers, but I painted Taitung.”
Recently, he’s been working to convert his workshop in Jinzun into an artist’s retreat. He hopes to invite artists to participate in an artistic residency that would inspire greater creative possibilities. He modestly offers that, “This is an artist’s humble contribution to society.”