Wu Tung-Lung (吳東龍) b. 1976

2004 M.F.A, Tainan National University of Arts, Tainan, Taiwan

1998 B.F.A, National Taiwan University of Arts, Taipei, Taiwan

Award The 15th Visual Arts Prize of Li Chun-shan Foundation

Artist In Residence

2019 Villa Waldberta, Munich, Germany

2013 International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York, USA

2012 The Glenfiddich Distillery, Dufftown, Scotland

2008 Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France

Solo Exhibitions

2019 ambiguous dimensions, Apartment der Kunst, Munich, Germany

2018 Apeiron, Double Square Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

2018 15th LI Chun-Shan Modern Painting Award Winner, National Cheng

Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan

2017 Art Stage Singapore, Marina Bay Sands Expo Center, Singapore

2015 Idealized Fiction, Double Square Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

2014 The Seven Beds, Project Fulfill Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan

2013 Dufftown, ITPARK, Taipei, Taiwan

2011 Gray Univerise, MOT/ARTS, Taipei, Taiwan

Quchi, Project Fulfill Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan

2008 Wu Tung-Lung's Solo Exhibition, VT Artsalon, Taipei, Taiwan

Dé-maquillage, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France

2007 Wu Tung-Lung's Solo Exhibition, TAIYU Beaux Arts Salon, Chiayi, Taiwan

Fragments of a Midsummer's Afternoon, ITPARK, Taipei, Taiwan

2005 Clarity, Aki Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

2004 Image ‧ Boundary ‧ Conscious, Prototype Art, Tainan, Taiwan

2003 Reveal Shimmer, Licence Art Gallery, Tainan, Taiwan

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 Minimalism · Cold Abstraction : Contemporary Abstract Art in Taiwan, Remarkable Cultivation Art Gallery, Tainan; Chini Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

2016 Springs Eternal: Glenfiddich Artists in Residence - 12 Years from Taiwan, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei

Contemporary Taiwan: An Exhibition of Abstract Art Classics, Tainan, Taiwan

2015 IT PARK Limited Editions, ITPARK, Taipei, Taiwan

Our Eyes, Double Square Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

2014 TAIYU Beaux Arts Salon Zhubei Branch Opening Exhibition, TAIYU Beaux Arts Salon Zhubei Branch, Hsinchu

Go MAD!, MAD Museum of Art & Design, Singapore

2013 Mind of Forms, Seed Projects IV Mobile Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

New Standard and Conception, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts,Taichung, Taiwan

2012 Artists at Glenfiddich 12, Glenfiddich Art Gallery, Dufftown, Scotland

Formless Form-Taiwanese Abstract Art, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

2011 Creating Spaces—The 5th Anniversary of VT, VT Artsalon, Taipei, Taiwan

Quchi, Project Fulfill Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan

2010 Variations of Geometric Abstraction in Taiwan's Contemporary Art, Eslite Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

Beyond Vision, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan

2009 Review Gaze, TAIYU Beaux-Arts Salon, Chiayi, Taiwan

2008 Harmony in Diversity - Compatibility of 19 Cross-Strait Art Spirits, Asia Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan

Contemporary Explorations in Abstraction and Materials, Impressions Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

2007 Territory of Shape and Color - Subversion and Reconstruction, Main Trend Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

Sensitivity : Memories of twelve artists' works, Dimensions Art Center, Beijing, China; Taipei, Taiwan

2006 The 12 th International Biennial Print and Drawing Exhibition, R.O.C, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts,

2005 Art of the “E” generation in Taiwan, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan

2004 Scylla and Charybdis in Love : The Challenges Facing Contemporary

Taiwanese Artists, Gwangju Fine Arts Museum, Korea; National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung;

Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan

Born in 1976 Taipei, Wu Tung-Lung is one of the few mid-career artists who persist in abstract painting in Taiwan. His works explore the symbolic presentation of organic shapes and the rhythmic arrangement of geometric lines. He developed his unique creative vocabulary and style by ingeniously applying various artistic elements such as linearity, color blocks, volumes, and spaces. All the monochromatic imprimatura, geometric patterns, and minimalist lines and patterns in his works are the abstract yet dramatic landscapes shaped by his strict self-discipline and full consciousness. His works delicately bear the unique signature of handiworks emphasized in traditional paintings, and therefore render themselves visually pleasing by creating a sense of fluidity and freedom. Analyzing the contextual development of the artist’s paintings, we may notice that all his works, whatever in which dimension, successfully harmonize not only polarity but also the law of contradiction with pure and minimalist symbols in a rationally checked yet emotionally charged manner. He creates the experience of simple and elegant colors by presenting the levels of monochromatic imprimatura and the infiltration of different hues of cool colors on the canvas processed under established and complex procedures. In terms of painting technique, the artist neither covers the canvas with layers of intense colors, nor mixes different colors in the strokes. Rather, he removes or ameliorates the artificial painterliness in his works with mechanical back-and-forth brushstrokes. Finally, he gives prominence to the hand-painted texture with quasi-horizontal or daubing strokes, creating dramatic tension and a sense of volume on the seemingly flimsy surface.

Developed since 2002, the Symbol series represents the artist’s earliest formal vocabulary that is still evolving. The unrecognizable geometric or organic shapes are arranged in the center of the canvas. The clear yet unintelligible abstract symbols and the monochromatic imprimatura, along with their stark contrast, are the perfect foils for each other. They are embedded in the balanced and harmonious composition, creating the visual depth of space. In other words, the artist tries to stretch the viewers’ imagination and cogitation of the visual world by blending the foreground with the background on the canvas, and meanwhile setting them in isolation with each other. Developed in 2007, the Color Lines series unfolds the artist’s creative and intuitive formal thinking and interpretation. The artist tends to exert his consistent power of lyrical abstraction that penetrates the spatial configuration of his paintings, making it run in concert with the straight lines that symbolize absolute rationality. The artist deliberately arranges his works in single, juxtaposed, or multi-framed forms, which not only expands the possibilities and imaginations of his works beyond the limited horizons of 2D paintings, but also grants them the characteristics of 3D installations. Each artistic element in Wu’s works, be it an abstract symbol or a grid of rational lines, commonly implies his color psyche and multiple interpretations on figurative structures. The perfect and rational composition brims surprisingly with the artist’s profound and heartfelt emotions.