No.181, Sec. 3, Zhongshan N. Rd., Zhongshan Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C
“Lee Yih-hong: A Retrospective” is the largest and most significant exhibition in the artist’s 55-year career, curated by art scholar Chia Chi Jason Wang. Early on as a junior high school teacher in Keelung, Lee Yih-hong (1941-) was an acolyte of the renowned calligrapher and painter Chiang Chao-shen (1925-1996), eventually becoming a full-time artist in 1978. Starting with traditional Chinese landscape painting, he added realistic scenes from nature, seeking out the distinctive terrain of Taiwan and also traveling overseas. While painting with traditional brush and ink, he was also aided by photography, capturing scenes from the real world as inspiration for his art. In his later years Lee developed vistas of mountains and seas with a sense of three-dimensionality and spatial structure, establishing a one-of-a-kind style of modern ink art. This exhibition explores two main themes, “Imagined Scenes” and “Real Scenes,” with a concentration on Lee Yih-hong’s landscape paintings, observing and organizing how the two creative orientations of invention and representation have evolved in parallel and interpenetrated each other throughout his long artistic practice, ultimately merging into a masterful, unique vision.