Chou Chu-Wang (b.1978~)
Chou Chu-Wang received his master’s degree from the Department of Fine Arts of National Kaohsiung Normal University 2005. In 2003 he received the Grand Prize in the Kaohsiung Awards, and in 2007 the Grand Prize in the Taipei Arts Awards. He was chosen for the 2009 Watermill Center International Summer Program.
Growing up in Pingtung, Chou Chu-Wang had been asked to help out for looking after ducks when he was just a little boy. This experience, in which he had to stay closely with the nature and animals, was helpful for him to cultivate a keen sense of smell and touch. This life memory might not mean that much in the beginning, but as time went by, while he started to make work of art, he needed to pursue, ponder over, capture, carve…naturally, the past memory just flew out from the cracks of life, forming a part of his works.
Born in Pingtung, Chou Chu-Wang continuously lives and works there till now. He is particularly adept at re-presentational styles and the details of real images. Natural and urban landscapes, scenes of toys that awaken childhood memories and the unrestrained language of children at play are all common motifs in the artist’s work. Whether what to re-present is the real world or imagination, Chou depicts a world that has a clear sense of concrete proportions and spatial sense. Chou’s work is full of details, which attracts the attention of viewers who feel almost as if they are gazing on the real thing.
Chou paints the scenery of his hometown in all four seasons, which convey his emotions and profound understanding of life. Exploration of the minute and vast with dense lattice constructions that become boundless worlds in his Stone Islet Series suggests the William Blake lines, “To see a World in a Grain of Sand / And a Heaven in a Wild Flower.” His works leave us with traces of momentary light and spiritual radiance.