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Taiwanese watercolor artist Sun Shao-ying is now displaying more than 80 of his watercolor paintings and sketches of the Sun Moon Lake in an exhibition that will show at the Taichung Cultural and Creative Industries Park from Nov. 17 through Dec. 16.
The 83-year-old artist also showed a recently published collection of his works on the landscape and culture around the Sun Moon Lake, one of Taiwan's best known tourist attractions, at the opening ceremony on Nov. 17.
The exhibition features a 4.2-meter-long painting, one of the rarest of its kind. Sun said mainland Chinese collectors have become more interested in paintings related to the Sun Moon Lake in recent years, which inspired him to paint a larger painting to capture more of the scenery. It was actually quite difficult to paint because he had to finish it all in one day for better rendering effect, he added.
Sun visits the lake on a regular basis to paint the surrounding landscape since he moved to Nantou County in 1991. So far he has drawn hundreds of watercolor paintings inspired by the lake and calls the place his favorite nature spot.
His Sun Moon Lake series of paintings cover a wide variety of scenes from the area, including the natural landscape, the aboriginal Thao culture and the annual lake-swimming rally attended by tens of thousands of people.
Although Sun's works are mainly based on reality, the watercolor effects are surreally beautiful and dreamy, said Deputy Culture Minister Hung Meng-chi.
Some people record their lives with photos, but others like Sun capture memorable moments through paintings. Having lived in Taiwan since the age of 18, the China-born painter concluded that the beautiful islandhas long become his home.
He will give a free lecture on painting with watercolors at the Taichung cultural park on Nov. 24 and demonstrate his unique "one-point extension” art theory. Please call0800-228288for more information.