TAIPEI (The China Post) — Artist Hsieh Hao Cheng (謝浩正) is back to bring more trees to life with his latest exhibition at Tianmu Sogo that draws inspiration from the many lives of trees.
The artist was first inspired by trees through the readings of famous Chinese writer, San Mao (三毛, 1943-1991) whose works range from autobiographical writing, travel writing and reflective novels.
In one of her books, San Mao expressed the wish to become a tree-stoic till eternity, should there be life after death. Enlightened by this sentence, Hsieh went on to create paintings of trees that he felt reflected the life and human spirit.
Starting in 2015, Hsieh began creating artworks of trees that reflect growth and positivity. Just like humans, those trees have many different forms of representation, with some appearing modesty while others appear vast and colorful.
Through his artworks, the artist hopes to connect directly with the audience by letting viewers experience the many lives and souls of trees, like if wandering through the forests of his hometown Pingtung.
Hsieh was born in Junan Village, Jutian Township, Pingdong County in 1961. He graduated from the Department of Fine Arts (Western Painting Group), Chinese Culture University in 1985. The following year, he joined the Taipei New Aspect Art Center (台北新象藝術中心), before joining its creative ranks in 1989.
From 2003 to 2019, Hsieh was fully dedicated to artistic creation. He held a retrospective exhibition in 2014 and he was invited to participate in the Taichung Art Fair 2018 (台中藝術博覽會) by UYartGallery.
In 2018, he held the “Autumn Award Miniature Solo Exhibition” at the invitation of Hachishohuao (八拾捌號) and the “Coffee Afternoon Tea and Trees, Solo Exhibition” (咖啡下午茶與樹個展) at the invitation of Xiangdou Coffee (香豆咖啡) for the 2018 Shenzhen International Art Fair (中國深圳國際藝術博覽會) by Lookerart.
In 2019, he held the solo exhibitions “This life, before a tree” (前樹今生) and “Trees and Humans Alike” (樹跟人一樣) which runs on the 3rd floor of Tianmu Sogo until Dec. 29. ●