Su Meng-Hung Biography

Su Meng-Hung works across such mediums as painting, silkscreen printing, installation, and sculpture in a creative process that manifests his attempt to transform traditional Chinese imagery of flowers and birds into a visual vocabulary of gaudy and grandiose icons, or into a cultural language of sensuous and appealing symbols. He often adapts elements of flowers and birds from the work of late Qing-dynasty painters. These visual symbols are not merely driven by the artist's desire to ridicule social codes or to popularise the symbols in mass culture. In fact, the flowers and birds embody the taste of the aristocracy and literati.

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Su's body of work is deeply informed by his appropriation of Jesuit missionary and painter Giuseppe Castiglione's paintings. The appropriation of Castiglione's imagery in Su's work evokes the emotional states of the artists 250 years ago when Castiglione painted Barn Swallow and Green Peach Blossom, Lotus Flower and Butterfly, and Flower in a Vase, when Shen Zhenlin painted Flower Painting God, or when Wang Chengpei painted Peonies. Even with aspirations thwarted at the imperial court, these artists conveyed an indescribable elation glimmering in each brushstroke in their portrayal of kitsch or elegance — the same kind of bliss and delight that reside in the work of Su Meng-hung today.

Su Meng-Hung graduated from the National Changhua University of Education, Taiwan, and Goldsmiths College, University of London. He received his PhD from the Tainan National University of the Arts, Taiwan. Su's notable solo exhibitions include Self-exoticism, Tina Keng Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan (2021); Xiang Nai Er, Tina Keng Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan (2019); A Painter of the Empire, Tina Keng Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan (2016); Poppy, Golden Lotus, Dopamine, Tina Keng Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan (2012); and Unreachable Blooming, IT Park, Taipei, Taiwan (2007). He has also participated in international exhibitions and biennials, including Dialogue on Printmaking — The Taiwan-U.S. Exchange Exhibition, Taiwan Academy, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York, New York, U.S. (2016); Taipei Biennial (2014), Taiwan; and Jam — Cultural Congestions in Contemporary Asian Art, South Hill Park Art Centre, Bracknell, U.K. (2009).

Text courtesy Tina Keng Gallery.

Su Meng-Hung Featured Artworks

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Gold and Emerald Fret Cloisonné Exercise by Su Meng-Hung contemporary artwork painting
Su Meng-Hung Gold and Emerald Fret Cloisonné Exercise, 2021 Acrylic on canvas
122 x 122 cm
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Desolate Landscape Exercise (Peach Blossom Spring) by Su Meng-Hung contemporary artwork painting
Su Meng-Hung Desolate Landscape Exercise (Peach Blossom Spring), 2021 Acrylic on canvas
92 x 117.5 cm
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Candlestick With Crocodile by Su Meng-Hung contemporary artwork sculpture
Su Meng-Hung Candlestick With Crocodile, 2015 Brass, glass, candlestick
51 x 32 x 131 cm
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Marble Candle Holder by Su Meng-Hung contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Su Meng-Hung Marble Candle Holder, 2021 Candle, lacquer, acrylic, wood, marble
11 x 11 x 85.5 cm
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Quartet Continuous Exercise (Black Gold) by Su Meng-Hung contemporary artwork painting
Su Meng-Hung Quartet Continuous Exercise (Black Gold), 2020 Acrylic on canvas
196 x 261 cm
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