Although introduced as the artist-in-residence, Quenten LEE is a figure who is difficult to define.
LEE studied fine art in university, which provided him with training in the history and techniques of visual art. LEE spent one year in WANG Zhuang-Wei's History of Chinese Calligraphy during graduate school and delved into the world of calligraphy. LEE later became a teacher and taught chromatology at his alma mater and also calligraphy part-time. After 40 years of inspiring students, LEE is now the founder and chair of the Department of Fine Arts at Huafan University, a leading professor in the Taiwan chromatology field, and renowned calligraphy master. LEE converted to Buddhism 20 years ago and devoted himself to the understanding and research of religion, which inspired him to integrate Zen teachings into his artworks and the creative process.
LEE's life experiences have materialized into his rich and diversified artworks. LEE integrates research in various fields into his calligraphy, abstract paintings, ink paintings, seal carvings, Zen paintings, colored ink paintings, and interdisciplinary artworks that are hard to categorize. Quenten LEE crosses between East and West, calligraphy and painting. When referred to as a Renaissance man, he lightheartedly talks about life and authenticity instead.
Quenten LEE is a multi-faceted figure who embodies endless mystery and knowledge. As an art and culture center, we decided to start with art. LEE has been devoted to promoting two distinct fields to the younger generation in recent years: the development of Chinese character analysis and chromatology. The two knowledge systems weave into the topic of this art residence exhibition: The Art of Chinese Characters and Chromatology.
Expanding across five exhibition spaces, including the Arts and Culture Center, library, Computer Center, and Si Wei Hall, the display is separated into three main sections: Calligraphy, Chromatology, and Art. The curation includes a selection of notable past works by Quenten LEE, also new works that were created for the exhibition, in addition to one large installation work that will be created on-site at Dah Hsian Seetoo Library in April 2020. The displays are connected with the same bold and precise choices of paper and ink color, emitting a sense of leisurely freedom among the seal script and cursive script. The entire curation is brought together with a high sense of aesthetic appreciation and visual presentation.
This exhibition is Quenten LEE's 70 years of life manifested into artworks formed by colors and Chinese characters. At first glance, viewers might think that the displays are calligraphy works, but once viewers immerse deeply into the exhibits, they will realize that the artworks are embodiments of life. LEE once stated: "Great calligraphers are constantly practicing inner reflection, projecting their learnings from spiritual practices into the freedom of a blank piece of paper." A blank piece of paper is forever young, awaiting to be defined by the world.
駐校展覽圖片協力 Exhibition Pictures Copyright © 意研堂設計 Eanton
The Art of Chinese Characters and Chromatology
23. Mar. – 05. Jun. 2020
（駐校藝術家將於4/13-4/24至達賢圖書館駐地創作，並於4/28開放參觀） | ( The artist-in-residence will be stationed at Dah Hsian Seetoo Library between 13th and 24th April. The section will be open to visitors on 28th April. )
Opening Hours for the Art Gallery: Mon. - Fri., 11:00 to 17:00. Closed on National Holidays & Mid-term Week (Other venues have respective regularities)
Venue: Art Gallery of Art & Culture Center , Si Wei Hall, Computer Center Gallery, Main Library, Dah-Hsian Seetoo Library
Program Opening Reception
藝文中心 5F 藝文空間
Art Gallery, 5F of NCCU Art & Culture Center
Opening Talk: Calligraphy and Tea
藝文中心 4F Art Hub
Art Hub, 4F of NCCU Art & Culture Center