Porcelain and mosaic exhibit kicks off in Yingge

The China Post news staff

The New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum is holding a classic exhibition by ceramic master and professor Chen Ching-jung, featuring his painted porcelain and large-scale mosaics. The exhibition will be held from now until March 6 at the Sunshine Exhibition Room.

Among Chen’s subject matter and the inspiration for his painted porcelains were the Taiwan indigenous people, elderly women, night market stalls, India, Greek dancers, the homeless and many other figures either at the center or on the fringes of society.

To portray the loneliness of the subject matter, Chen used a lot of grays and cold tones. The professor explained that painting on ceramics is much harder and more time-consuming than a normal canvas. Furthermore, the ceramics are curved, creating an extra obstacle that potentially stretches and misshapes the images, therefore much planning goes into the image draft.

After the exhibition, three of Chen’s work will be donated to the museum. Two of Chen’s large-scale mosaics will also be featured; both pieces were completely tessellated by hand and provide an illusion of depth and rich layers that blur the tiny stones of their foundation. Museum Director Yu Jan-chi saw Chen as a multi-dimensional artist who experiments and excels using many mediums, including charcoal, acrylic, oil paints, ceramics and so forth. This is also Chen’s first exhibition at Yingge Ceramics Museum that showcases a plethora of painted porcelains, which will surely enrich and stimulate art lovers.