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Truth and Beauty

The Art of Sophie Chang

With an Essay by Ian Strathcarron
The latest in the Unicorn Chinese Artists series, Truth and Beauty explores the artistic world of Taiwanese modern and contemporary painter Sophie Chang. Her works incorporate Western painting style into the freehand style of Chinese ink wash paintings, merging Eastern subtleties with Western influences and integrating expressive use of colors into metaphysical spirituality.

Chang’s artistic journey progresses from realistic imagery to spiritual abstract languages and through her works she expresses her inner maturity and clarity. In her meditative process, she focuses her mind on nature and manifests in her unique “inner landscapes.” She has developed her signature technique to produce dynamic, abstract landscapes that express the vision in her mind’s eye. Using vivid colors and brush strokes, Chang’s technique “shapes” the paintings by layering new paint on top of old. New pigments blend with old and the upper layer of oil splits, forming a ridge-like shape reminiscent of a looming mountain. The original color of the first layer is then exposed, mimicking the rough texture of nature and inviting the viewer to form a deep emotional connection with the objects of her art.

Truth and Beauty introduces a significant voice in Chinese art to an international market. In partnership with Intron International Cultural Development, the Unicorn Chinese Artists series features leading Chinese contemporary artists whose works are not yet well known enough outside China.

176 pages | 50 color plates | 8 3/4 x 10 3/4


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