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Taiwanese landscape painter draws on Zen Buddhism for inspiration

(Xinhua)

09:57, March 13, 2012

TAIPEI, March 12 (Xinhua) -- Artist Huang Tsai-sung strikes most people as a humble and quiet man, a persona that contrasts greatly with his sophisticated and multidimensional painting style.

The 60-year-old artists had his works displayed at the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei in February, an honor bestowed to prominent artists in Taiwan.

In Huang's opinion, Chinese paintbrushes and the techniques they require are the best tools for him to interpret his view of life and nature and create his masterpieces. Huang, like many Chinese painters, observes the world through the eye of Zen, a school of Buddhism that originated in China and emphasizes the attainment of enlightenment through meditation.

This worldview inspires Huang and other painters to create works that send a message of tranquility and simplicity. Huang's pieces displayed in the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall feature no frames, making them more open to interpretation.

"I paint part of the landscape and leave enough space for the viewers to think for themselves. I think creation is about connotations both in and out of the picture," he said.

Huang's paintings feature the heavy use of light and mist, a technique that he attributes to his educational background. After graduating from the Taiwan University of Arts, he went to Fontbonne Universisty in the United States to obtain his master's degree in oil painting.

Huang primarily focuses on massive landscape paintings, some of which are as large as five meters long and take more than a year to complete. However, he also does the occasional small sketch; even his simplest drawings are full of meaning.

Huang used just a few simple strokes to depict the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac on a pair of scrolls, illustrating dancing snakes as several intertwining curves with a few tiny dots.

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