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b. 1931, China

Tommy Chen Biography

Tommy CHEN (Chen Tao-Ming)was born in Jinan in China in 1931, he left home at age eighteen to study at Taipei Teacher’s College, where he learned modern painting from LI Chung-Sheng whose students later formed the Ton-Fan Art Group. The development of modern art in Taiwan was pushed forward by the rivalry between Ton-Fan Art Group and the Fifth Moon Art Group. As a founding member of Ton-Fan Art Group, CHEN was and still is an important contributor to Taiwan’s modernist painting movement in the postwar era and the first in his generation to commit to abstract art.

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CHEN’s painting is a documentation of his mind’s travels, making them completely non-representational “records” of the artist’s intimate dialogue with the nature of his material. In order to to break away from symbols, his images rely on points, line, and texture. By experimenting with a variety of media, he widens the type of texture he could produce and the type of conversation he could have with his material, therefore pulling closer to a world of abstraction with the least interference and conclusiveness possible.

Ten years of training in traditional Chinese art and aesthetics gave CHEN a solid foundation in developing his own art. Unlike postwar Western abstract painters who concentrated solely on the materiality of painting for painting’s sake, CHEN focused on reinterpreting Chinese painting principles. His work is fraught with tension between Chinese and Western pictorial strategy and material attributes, harmonized through his incorporation of the element of time in his methodology and treatment of the medium.

Tommy Chen Featured Artworks

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Untitled (14-02) by Tommy Chen contemporary artwork
Tommy ChenUntitled (14-02), 2014Spray paint, ink, marker on drawing paper
39 x 53 cm
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Untitled (14-01) by Tommy Chen contemporary artwork
Tommy ChenUntitled (14-01), 2014Spray paint, ink, marker on drawing paper
52.5 x 39 cm
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111114 by Tommy Chen contemporary artwork
Tommy Chen111114, 2014Spray paint, ink, marker on drawing paper
53.5 x 39 cm
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Untitled (16-01) by Tommy Chen contemporary artwork
Tommy ChenUntitled (16-01), 2016Acrylic on canvas
72 x 50 cm
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201566 by Tommy Chen contemporary artwork
Tommy Chen201566, 2015Acrylic on canvas
50 x 72 cm
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A Love Affair with the Earth, Mountains and Seas by Tommy Chen contemporary artwork
Tommy ChenA Love Affair with the Earth, Mountains and Seas, 2016Acrylic on canvas
97 x 145.5 cm
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2008 Autumn-2 by Tommy Chen contemporary artwork
Tommy Chen2008 Autumn-2, 2008Acrylic on canvas
130 x 80 cm
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13092013 by Tommy Chen contemporary artwork
Tommy Chen13092013, 2013Acrylic on canvas
145 x 97 cm
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Tommy Chen Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Tommy Chen, A Trailblazer in Abstract Art at Eslite Gallery, Taipei
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25 December 2020–30 January 2021 Tommy Chen A Trailblazer in Abstract Art Eslite GalleryTaipei
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Re-present 再現式 at Eslite Gallery, Taipei
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23 November–29 December 2019 Group Exhibition Re-present 再現式 Eslite GalleryTaipei
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhbition, HSIA Yan and His Times 夏陽的時代 at Eslite Gallery, Taipei
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4–26 August 2018 Group Exhbition HSIA Yan and His Times 夏陽的時代 Eslite GalleryTaipei

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Tommy Chen In Video & Audio

Tommy Chen: Art Talk (Part I) Related Video & Audio Tommy Chen: Art Talk (Part I) 2 January 2021, Eslite Gallery

Director of Eslite Gallery, Emily Chao, Taiwanese art history researcher Kaiwei Wang and Tommy Chen 's son Leon Chen talk about Tommy Chen's abstract art.

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Tommy Chen: Art Talk (Part II) Related Video & Audio Tommy Chen: Art Talk (Part II) 2 January 2021, Eslite Gallery

Director of Eslite Gallery, Emily Chao, Taiwanese art history researcher Kaiwei Wang and Tommy Chen 's son Leon Chen talk about Tommy Chen's abstract art.

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