Hsia Yang has a birth name of Hsia Tsu-hsiang. He was born in Xiangxiang City, Hunan Province, China in 1932. Having lost both parents as a small child, Hsia was brought up by his grandmother and other supportive family members. With financial assistance from his aunt, Hsia enrolled in the privatelyowned Zhongying High School after graduating from elementary school, but soon transferred to the Nanjing Municipal Teachers School. Hsia came to Taiwan as a nationalist army member in 1949. In August of the same year, he switched to the air force and began working with painter Wu Hao at its headquarter. The two aspiring artists registered at the “Fine Arts studio” at Hankou Street, Taipei in 1957 to learn with Huang Jung-tsan, Chu Te-chun and Li Chung-sheng, but dropped out when they couldn’t afford tuition fees anymore. Later, Hsia registered again at Li Chung-sheng’s Antung Street Studio, where he befriended Hsiao Chin, Huo Kang and Li Yuan-chia. Hsia was influenced by the Age of Machinery in his early career. In an attempt to deconstruct reconstruct traditional figures, he has created a number of remarkable works including Flying Asparas. In 1957, Hsia became a founding member of the Oriental Painting Group. Influenced by abstract impressionism, he started to create automatic paintings during this time. Two years later, he retired from the army and joined the Mandarin Daily News as an art editor. In 1963, he decided to pursue an artist’s career abroad, first arriving in Italy and then going to France. It was during his stay in France that he developed a famous series entitled Fuzzy People. The artist moved to New York, the United States in 1967, where he made a living on repairing antiques. Because photorealism was quite popular in the United States, in 1977, Hsia picked up the concept and created the Black and White, Border Colors, Single Person and City Bird series. Hsia moved back to Taiwan in 1992 and continued creating works of art until today. Presently, he resides in mainland China.
This painting belongs to the Fuzzy People series. The background is composed of simple, sparse color areas of paint, which is reminiscent of minimalist hard-edge art. With flowy human figures moving about dynamically in a static, geometric background, the artist successfully creates a strong visual contrast.
Like most other members of the Oriental Painting Group, Xia Yang also came to Taiwan after a war was raged between the communist and nationalist parties. Despite a tough life ahead, Xia remained passionate about painting. Xia Yang befriended painter Wu Hao in the army. Together they learned with Li Chung-sheng, for which Xia Yang became one of the “Eight Tough Painters” of the Oriental Painting Group. It is because he is so in love with painting art that he left Taiwan to learn more about the study and creation of the art. Having lived in the east and the west, Xia has been impacted and enlightened by both sides. He turns his feelings and thoughts into alternative artworks, such as the Fuzzy People. In this series, Xia uses changing lines commonly found in Chinese painting to portray the drifting figures. At a later stage, he would take busy urban people as the subject matter, putting their dynamic movements down to canvas to suggest alienation in modern society.
|Medium / Classification：||Oil paints and Acrylic colors|
|Collection Unit：||National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts|
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|Related Exhibition：||"The Pioneers" of Taiwanese Artists, 1931-1940|
|Related Work：||Painting BC-3|