VDXXVIII – Erique Chong

About the artist:
Erique Chong was born (1997) and raised in Malaysia. He is currently attending National Taiwan University of Arts to pursue his animation degree. He is not only an animation student but also a freelance graphic designer, illustrator and enthusiastic hiker. He has been part of some projects working with filmmaking company, New Taipei City government and other organizations. He started drawing when he was 14, but never studied art until attending university in Taiwan. Back then, he was a science student and practiced his drawing by himself. He likes challenges and he started his own personal project FoToon, One-year-project and other personal projects that take weeks, months or years to complete. He likes to hear how different people think and people’s thoughts on the same subject that is why he doesn’t have a description under his illustrations most of the time. However, there is a meaning behind it and to find out, you have to ask him secretly. The reason he doesn’t want to put a description under his works or tell people about his work at the very first place because that will make people think less and that’s purging our creativity and guts to think wild. Currently, Erique chooses to focus more on his animation studies and upcoming graduation film project. At the same time, also he will try to bring his brand, Erique-KiddoArt, into a new level and trying different medias and create his artwork.

藝術家介紹:
張榮順出生在馬來西亞於1997年。現在,他正於國立臺灣藝術大學就讀多媒體動畫藝術學系。他不只是個動畫生,也是業餘的平面設計師,插畫家和爬山健行客!他曾參與和電影公司,新北市政府等等其他組織的合作案。他 14 歲就開始自學繪畫,而在還沒有來臺灣讀大學前他是一名理科學生。他很喜歡挑戰,於是就開始給自己很多的個人系列作品概念作爲挑戰,比如 : Fotoon, 一年個人計劃 等等的個人系列作品。這些個人系列作品都需要少則幾個星期,多則一兩年來完成。他很喜歡聽不同人針對同一件事情的不同看法,這也造成他很少會在作品底下放置作品的簡介。當然,每一幅作品的背後都有自己的故事和歷史,如果想知道作品背後的意義就必須得透過作者本人解釋。這並不是沒有原因,因爲如果有了作品簡介,很容易框住觀衆的想象力,想法和觀點。 他現在主要的重心是在自己的課業和不遠的畢業製作。同時,他也很努力地想要把自己建立起來的 Erique-KiddoArt 帶到另一個境界,發揚光大並且開始嘗試不同的作畫媒介。

Artist Statement:
I think of my illustrations as a reflection of my emotions, life and things I have observed. Eventually, there is always one main core in most of my drawings which is to remind myself to think like a kid sometimes. I always think keeping a room for our inner child is really important even though we’re no more longer a kid, that is why most of my illustrations are engaged with the “kiddo” element. Besides that, I also love to give myself some challenges, that is why i have a FoToon series with 102 pieces of collaboration works with photographers and some series of works that took at least a month or a year.

I use art as a media and a way to make friends, to tell my story, to describe my feeling or what I have observed and also to tell and develop a message to the audience. Last but not least, not just a way to remind myself to think as a kid but also trying to encourage the people to think as a kid, too. To make people get inspired, happy and smile is one of the reasons i make art.

I call myself as an observer, and I love to listen people talk and share their thoughts. Which is why I don’t tell people what’s the meaning behind my drawings very first unless they want to know. Because telling people what you’re drawing in the first place will limit their imagination and thinking. I love to hear different perspectives and voices because it’s really fun and tricky to observe how each different brain works, that’s what makes people unique and adorable!

Some of my works are made from digital media and some of them are made from traditional media like ink and ball pen. Since I wasn’t born in a very rich family, I often think that investing acrylics and watercolors on me is a huge waste. However, I know colours are important in art, so i decided to self learn digital painting with using colours. On the other side, I really love using ball pen to make arts, because every line you drew with ball pen creates different texture. I believe these details make an artwork more attractive and watch-able.

I am still on the “discovery” era in this field. Sometimes I think i know what i’m doing and sometimes I don’t. Everything is possible and everything can be happened in this period so I am pretty much open-minded to every possibilities. Of course, eventually my goal is to build my own illustration brand and push my brand to worldwide, serve the people with my illustrations and make their day!

我覺得我大部分的作品都反映了自己當時的情緒,生活和自己觀察到的人事物。但是,全部的作品都有一個核心,就是提醒自己有時候必須像個小孩。我一直都認爲,內心的小孩很重要,即使我們不再是小孩。這就是我爲何在大部分的作品想要加入“兒童”“童趣”的元素。此外,我也很喜歡給自己一些挑戰,這也造就了目前擁有102張作品的 FoToon系列作品 的誕生和其他個人系列作品。

我利用插畫作爲一個傳達訊息的媒介。這些訊息是我想要傳達的訊息,我當時的心境,心情或者是當時候所觀察到以及有所感觸的一切。當然,最重要的還是提醒自己想象力必須想個小孩,也想要鼓勵大家如此。讓人受到啓發,開心和快樂是我作畫的主要原因,也是唯一的精神支柱。

我自認爲自己是個觀察家,我也很喜歡他人分享他們的想法。這也是我爲什麼我不在一開始就告訴別人作品的含義除非他們真的很想知道。因爲一旦告訴他人作品的背後意義等等訊息後,這一些訊息就會變成約束他們想象力的罪魁禍首。我很喜歡聽不同角度的聲音因爲我覺得針對同一件事物會有不用的想法和看法是一件很有趣的事情,這也是爲什麼我們人類很特別的原因。

我部分的作品是電子繪圖作品和傳統媒材作品像是圓珠筆,代針筆等等。因爲自己並不是出生在一個富裕的家庭,一直都認爲這一些水彩,壓克力顏料等等都很昂貴,加上自己並不是本科生所以不是一個好的投資甚至是一種浪費。即使如此,我認爲顏色很重要,所以就開始自學電腦繪圖並且透過電腦繪圖的方便性來學習顏色的應用。此外,我非常喜歡用代針筆和圓珠筆作畫,特別是圓珠筆的每一筆都是一種觸感和紋路。而這些細小到不會被人注意的細節是作品隱藏的魅力。

我現在還在尋找自己在這一條路的定位的階段。有時候我知道自己在幹嘛,有時候卻不知道。所以在這個階段,任何事情都可能有變數,所以現階段的我保持開放的態度迎接。當然,最終的目標還是把自己建立的品牌推廣到全球,把自己好的作品發揚光大服務大家!


| 藝術對畫 Visual Dialogues 28

Opening January 6th, 2019 4-6pm
Show runs from December 9th, 2018 – January 19th, 2019

Rachel Chou, ABTGV

Ria Yang, ABTGV

Ria Yang

I am a fresh graduate. Passionating in both art and design, I specialize in graphic design and printmaking during schooldays. Creating arts teaches me an artistic way to convey my inner feelings and unique perspectives to the public. While designing graphics trained me an ability to interpreting complex ideas in an original way. I developed the love of pencil sketching and charcoal drawing these years. There is an amazing and colorful world in the black and white picture.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yellow_orange_planet/
Behance: https://www.behance.net/Ria0218

Felicia Rodrigues, ABTGV

Felish is an individual that does not like conformity. Her life is ruled by philosophy and rationality. Through the many twists and negative turns life has taken you, she has always believed that you are in control of your own outlook of life. Instead of caving in to the negative vibes, keep your head up and prove that stars do shine no matter how dark everything may be. She was born in the city of Mississauga, Toronto with a Goan (India) and Trinidadian ethnicity. She’s been an artist at the tender age of 14. Influenced by the surreal style of Salvador Dali. Her works have always been unique and original. Felicia is passionate about personalizing all her work. Her works unite image and color to a symbolic meaning. As individualistic as each person may be her art is a significant meaning to its beholder. Her works can not be categorized or labeled. Felicia’s style is fresh with variety and diversity. She breaks barriers and believes in expanding as an artist.

Felicia Rodrigues <[email protected]>

Tim Joel ABTGV

TIM JOEL

Tim Joel was born in 1971 in Isleworth, London. His parents, Paul and Judy Joel, are both artists and gallery owners in Cornwall. Growing in an artists’ family, Joel was brought up to appreciate all forms of art.
He graduated from Napier University in Edinburgh in 1999 with a BA with Honors degree in Photography and the moving image. He lived for a while in Germany and became involved with the Stuckists, exhibiting with them in London and in Germany. He then travelled widely, landing first in Thailand and then settling in Taiwan. He has held numerous exhibitions in Europe, Asia and Taiwan.
He is a member of the Association of British Naive Artists.
He published his first book, Poet Painter, in 2005, and was chosen by Discovery Channel to be the subject of a documentary about foreign people who find inspiration in Taiwan.

WORKS
He admires the work of Ken Howard, David Hockney and Jack VETTRIANO whom he knew when living in Edinburgh.
Tim started drawing at an early age. In 1984 he designed graphics for the Thames television and in 1998 he was an art director in Edinburgh, Scotland.
His life as a full time artist began in the year 2000 while inspired by tropical island life in Thailand. His thirst for art and travel has led him to find the inspiration that is reflected in his works. His subject matter is extremely diverse, from delicate floral still life to bold, vibrant nudes and figurative mythological landscapes.
Tim has been living and working as an artist and art teacher in Taiwan since 2002. Tim paints in his studio, a serene retreat in the mountains of Taiwan’s east coast. Meanwhile he continues to organize exhibitions, art workshops and presentations.
His work is represented by two galleries in the UK and is present in private collections all over the world.

SUMMARY
1984 Design the Thames Television graphics for “The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole”. London, England.
1998 Art Director, Production Designer for award winning Fuji Scholarship student film “Station”. Edinburgh, Scotland.
2000 Begins oil painting in Koh Samui, Thailand.
2001 Sets up studio with German graffiti artists in Munich, Germany. Organizing various art vernissages, public installations and national TV appearances.
2002 Starts working on a black ink series: “Spirit Drawings”.
2003 First solo exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan: “Where you find yourself”.
2005 Published his first book “Poet Painter”. Launched at the Taiwan International Book Exhibition, World Trade Center – Taipei.
2006 Starts working on oil painted figurative ocean scenes series “City Escape Scapes”.
2007 Established “The Beat Studio” art exhibition space, to help launch the creative paths of other artists.
2003-2010: Numerous exhibitions in Taipei city.
2009 Starts working on the oil painted series “White Lilies on red background”.
2011 40th solo exhibition: “The Vermilion Stories Art Show” in Taitung, Taiwan.
2012 Awarded certificate of excellence from the Taitung Art Museum for the painting “Home in the east”, at the Austronesian International Fine Arts Awards.
2013 Created the 9L House art studio/school and gallery. Began private tuition for local children. Initiated work on the “Spirit Evolution Designs” a series of large format oil paintings.
2014 Established the “East Coast Creative” with a Taiwanese partner. Organizing art shows, presentations and workshops.
2015 Art exhibition “BLUE” at the grand opening of the “Gallery of Arts” exhibition space in Dulan, Taiwan.
2016 Works are chosen for regular collection by The Dulan Art Museum. Opening in the spring of 2020.

Adele Chen ABTGV

Lady_Adelita
Owner at Lady Adelita Art Studio
Newcastle, UK | Taipei, Taiwan | UK B&D studio previous artist | art in synethesia artist | paper rose gifts designer & maker | mobile phone photographer |
https://www.ladyadelita.co.uk/

Lady_Adelita is a visual artist used to base in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK but now stay in Taiwan for a short period. While her stay in Newcastle, she has been shortlisted on many local exhibitions and also accepted open calls from other European countries. She is interested in making music and color synthesia* works with tangled lines and brushes. By this way she creates an inner dialogue between herself, rhythms and visual paintings. Her inspirations come from all the music genre and worldwide, but she prefer vintage Jazz vocal, indie pop and rock, and heavy metal.

She has many experiences of exhibiting in the UK and Greece, the most recent one is Surprise8 in Earth 44, in Athens. Her music-color synethesia work “Rose-colored glasses” which had been shortlisted for and sold on this exhibition.

Her following works will be paint with local songs, it’s plan proceed with traveling.

*Synesthesia is a combination word from Ancient Greek word σύν syn, “together”, and αἴσθησις aisthēsis, “sensation, it is an idea refers to a sense induct to another sense while the first sense is happening. According to present researches, there can be few different types of synesthesia phenomenon, ex:letter v.s music, music v.s color, touch v.s color, no matter which one happened it’s all been a kind of rare experience.