Painter of Takao: Art of Chang Chin-fa
Artist Chang Chin-fa was born in Kaohsiung in 1934. His learning and development as a painter straddled both the pre- and post-WWII periods. After taking the helm of the Southern Taiwan Show in 1968, Chang was dedicated to inspiring and cultivating future painters in Taiwan in the next 30 years, making a significant contribution to Taiwan’s art development. In 2001, Chang donated his renowned “Warding off Evil” and 13 other paintings to Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts. To express its gratitude, the museum curated this special exhibition to share his works with the general public. The title “Painter of Takao” is derived from a calligraphic inscription written by former Kaohsiung Mayor Yang Chin-hu as a gift for Chang. Regrettably, on November 20, 2012, during the preparation stage, Chang passed away. The exhibition ($1003&IDK=2&EXEC=L), which has a closing day of May 5, 2013, gives viewers a chance to appreciate Chang’s most genuine emotions in his simple life, his admiration of the great Nature in the ordinary world, his surrealistic dreams and imagination, his self-observation, and his philosophy about the universe, humanity and life.