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From Heroic Expression to Resplendent Color: Walasse Ting Retrospective Exhibition
by Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Location: Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Artist(s): Walasse TING
Date: 27 Nov 2010 - 13 Feb 2011

The distinctive and poetic visual language of internationally-known painter Walasse Ting (1928 – 2010) is rich with colorful flora and female figures. Wielding his brush like a sword, Ting creates unexpected force and upward emotive surges full of eastern vitality. His use of black outlines to describe the human form, along with radiant flora painted in vivid colors, earned him the sobriquet “plunderer of blossoms .” For the exhibition From Heroic Expression to Resplendent Color, fifty-four works from Ting's oeuvre have been carefully selected, representing his early Abstract Expressionist paintings of the 1950s, as well as his gaily colored, romantic works since the 1970s. Ting mainly works in oils, acrylics and ink on canvass or ricepaper.

Walasse Ting was born in Wuxi, China in 1928, but was raised in Shanghai where Walasse Ting was descended from residents of nearby Wuxi City, Jiangsu Province in Mainland China. Before leaving the Mainland for Hong Kong in 1946, Ting attended the renowned Shanghai Fine Arts School. Then, in a move which greatly expanded his artistic vision, Ting went to Paris in 1952 and became associated with artists of the CoBrA Movement, such as Pierre Alechinsky, Asger Jorn and Karel Appel. During this period, Ting exhibited his paintings in both Brussels and Paris. Next, in 1958, Walasse Ting moved to New York where his painting techniques changed markedly under the influence of Abstract Expressionism. It was during this period that Ting's unique talent and powerful insight, as well as magnificent use of form and color gradually took shape.

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