HUNG TUNG

HUNG TUNG (1920-1987, TAIWAN)

Hung Tung was born in 1920, in a small fishing village near Tainan, in the south of Taiwan. The land was poor and people’s lives were very hard. Hung Tung’s father was dead when he was born and his mother died when he was four. With no money in the family he could not go to school, and began working at a very young age, keeping cows, carrying water, doing any small job to earn money. At 17 or 18 he left the village to find a job in Kaohsiung, the biggest city in South Taiwan. He went back to the village in 1945, after the island was handed over by Japan to China. He married and had three sons and two daughters, but continued to rely on small jobs in the village to earn a living and support his family. When Hung Tung was fifty years old, he decided he would become an artist. One day, he simply told his wife he was going to devote his life to painting. His wife did not understand his motives and others in his village simply thought he was mad. 

Photos from MutualArt:
1) Childhood, 1977, acrylic on cardboard, laid down on panel
2) Childlike Interests, 1963, Mixed Media on Paper
3) Figure, 1974, Watercolor and color pen on paper

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Un commento su “HUNG TUNG

  1. intenerita dalla storia e (dagli occhi vuoti che mi fanno pensare in termini empatici…più verosimilmente UMANI) e cmq da tutte le storie che accompagnano i lavori.Credo che tu…come pochissimi altri della tua generazione, ti poni di fronte all’arte con uno sguardo nuovo, aperto democratico…con un interesse autenticamente profondo che unisce la critica all’aspetto umano.
    Ci sarebbero molte altre cose da dire…di lavoro in lavoro…ma mi fermo non prima di augurarti e augurarCI che tu abbia la possibilità in futuro di essere una grande critica d’arte modificando così quello sguardo tradizionalmente colto e insipiente, in parte obbediente alle sole regole di mercato. Ciao, con ammirazione manu

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