Chu Teh-Chun is a prolific Chinese painter who graduated from Hangzhou National Art College but has lived in France most of his life. His works combine the East and West, traditional and contemporary, the poetic graces and the emotive mysteries. At 90 years of age, Chu is highly respected in the international art arena and was awarded the honour of Academician by the Institut de France.
Chu is famous not only for his abstract paintings in oil on canvas and ink on paper, but also for his series of painted porcelains, Of Snow, Gold and Sky Blue. This series was inspired by a high mountain drive in winter and was subsequently produced at the Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres near Paris between 2007-2009. The abstracted landscapes were expressed through dots and drips of pure white, along with scattered patches of colors in blue, grey, black, brown and gold on white luminous porcelains. These unique compositions encapsulate a vision that leads toward a philosophical path to the mind. The porcelains have been exhibited at the Guimet Asian Art Museum in Paris and Beijing’s National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) before coming to UMAG. We will be guided by international art consultant Philippe Koutouzis, who has curated major exhibitions at Musee Guimet, Taipei’s Fine Arts Museum, NAMOC and London’s Malborough Gallery. Philippe is a regular contributor to various art publications and a feature speaker for Sotheby’s and Christie’s. He is Managing Director of FEASTS projects in both Manhattan and Hong Kong and an advisor to a number of banks on art investments and art funds.