HSIAO Ming-Hsien


蕭明賢的創作以抽象表現為主,早期作品喜歡以單純的線條為創作表現重點,作品傾向扁平化與留白空間形成強烈視覺對比。中期作品重視抽象線條書寫性表達,創作朝向奔放與宣洩的自由揮灑,抽象線條與筆觸豪邁靈動,隨心性而舞。近期作品貼近東方性與「道」的概念,理性與感性並融,往往於畫面中呈現像五線譜的音樂線條,在其上有類似書法筆觸的放逸揮灑,具音樂性節奏表現,讓人感受他那份創作的原動力與熱情。 對於蕭明賢來說,其橫跨東西方的生活與創作背景,台灣與紐約兩地皆是他鄉愁與藝術涵養的能量之境。其抽象繪畫創作正處在這種主客互換邊界性的氛圍,無論是東方也好,或是西方也行,都是展現自我情感的創作,而他早已登達雙方的彼岸。

Hsiao Ming-Hsien was born in Nantou County, Taiwan in 1936. A member of Ton Fan Art Group that had a great influence on Taiwanese modern art, he was the youngest artist among the “Eight Great Outlaws” and the only one that was born in Taiwan. At the age of seventeen, he was already studying art at Li Chun-Shan’s art studio on Andong Street in Taipei, and was one of Li’s important pupils.

Hsiao mainly creates abstract paintings. His early works emphasized on simple lines, and tended to be flat and formed an intense visual contrast with the blank space. Later, he moved on to abstract calligraphic expression, demonstrating a sense of freedom and liberation. The abstract lines and brushstrokes seemed bold and inspired, following the rhythm of the artist’s inner world. His recent works have displayed an Eastern quality and the concept of “Tao,” showing a combination of rationality and sensibility. In his painting, one can often see rhythmic lines reminiscent of musical staff, on which the artist adds unfettered calligraphic brushstrokes to manifest a visual sense of musicality that exudes the artist’s creative force and passion. Hsiao’s creative background spans the East and the West, and both Taiwan and New York are his homes and sources of creative energy and artistic inspiration. His abstract painting now shows a liminal atmosphere, in which the subject and object seem to be switched. Hsiao’s art is the embodiment of his feelings and sentiments, and it is clear that the artist has mastered both Eastern and Western art.