“Chu Teh Chun’s worlds are really some kind of natural release and a poetic dedication which is dithering and ardent, not restricted by those theories, rules and limitations of visions. ” (Pierre Cabanne, 1993)
de Sarthe Gallery, Hong Kong proudly presents a collection of the works of one of China’s most renowned post-war abstract painters, Chu Teh Chun. This long awaited collection of work spans the breadth of this impressive artists celebrated career. Each of the canvases on show illustrates Chu Teh Chun’s enviable ability to unify his experience of the Chinese cultural landscape with that of the modern European aesthetic in which he has been immersed throughout his career.
Born in 1920 in Jiangsu Province, China, The France-based Chu Teh Chun’s skill at creating expansive imagined landscapes of rolling colour have lead him to be considered among the elite of China’s most illustrious modern painters. His broad expressive brush strokes illicit vast unexplored landscapes that are illustrated through a deeply-rooted consideration of the traditions of Chinese painting and calligraphy. Nature unfurls within Chu Teh Chun’s canvases by distorting the viewer’s expectation of horizon and perspective. His poetic expression of natural expanse uncovers new realms of the abstract form and in doing so conjure an alternative interpretation of the medium and its capabilities. He can find the reality of nature in landscape while remaining true to abstraction.
An aggressive market demand for Chu Teh Chun’s work combined with the artists limited output makes an exhibition of this size and quality a notable rarity. In 2010 a retrospective of his work was held at the National Art Museum of China to celebrate the artists defining contribution to the international cultural conversation coinciding with his 90th birthday.
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