With a penchant for illustrating a multiverse in the eyes of his portraits, Chih-wei's paintings transports you into a wishful world of sweet happiness and enchanting hopes.
Hi Chih-wei, tell us a bit about yourself.
I come from Taiwan (born in 1980), graduated from graduate institute of plastic arts of Tainan National University of the Arts. The major form of my artistic creation is painting, extended from which are three dimensional works and art jewelry. Through the practices in varied forms, I have gained more thoughts and freedom. Recently, I collaborate with brands by invitation to do crossover projects for art and commerce, curating interesting and romantic art exhibitions (which might have something in common with the subject of my painting— the girl.)
For how long have you had this passion for art? When did you first get into painting?
The first time for painting, it was an interesting and memorable moment. Three years old? Five? Or even earlier. I enjoyed the process of my first drawing; how pleasant it was. What’s even better, I am an artist who continuously makes wonderful artworks; such a life filled with goodness. Being able to paint the scenery in mind, I feel content and happy about it.
What inspires your artwork?
It is human minds that have been inspiring my artworks. I also like both fashionable and ordinary aesthetics. Besides, the scenery popped up in mind or in real life are likely to become the ideas of my artworks.
What materials do you enjoy working with the most?
I use acrylic on canvas as background; on top of that are glittering crystals to add the element of romance and blessings. When I cross the field to design jewelry, it would satisfy my attempt on the delightful media expression; more importantly, jewelry becomes a wearable artwork of glamor. Color, gem and metal are the materials I frequently use.
How does it feel or what do you feel when you are illustrating?
To me, painting is a two-dimensional space of imagination. I can never be sure about what comes out at the next moment; to be more specific, it is a space beyond reality with imagination and sentiments active at all times. I also think about realizing my painting (the girl) into sculpture. It will be interesting because from conceptualizing to sketching, challenges and joys will come up along the way.
Three-dimensional artwork cannot be finished by only paint brush; it is more complicated than the inner image, no longer a space made by paper or canvas. It requires multiple working procedures and subtle adjustments in order to accurately represent the draft. Moving procedures forward, transforming painting elements to a real entity, is the experience close to life because it could not only be displayed in a suitable space but become a wearable artwork.
Three-dimensional artwork is the first possible step extended from painting. Besides painting and sculpture, I have been thinking and trying to materialize the jewelry and accessory in my painting, which is enjoyable and exciting. While making art, it is always hard to see the clear picture or the coming inspiration.
What style of music do you like the listen to when you are creating?
I like to listen to Jazz music (rock ‘n’ roll is fine, too) during rest. Mostly, I don’t listen to any music when I do art. I need to stay fully focused and treat art wholeheartedly, while music would interfere with the voice in my mind.
Other than art, what else are you passionate about?
I have another role, which is a jewelry designer. Before I entered this field, I have already created accessories and jewelries for the girl in my painting. Different styles of jewelry or accessory on the girl would illustrate different temporality and mindset, or imply different personality and taste of the girl. The girl’s personal traits would be reflected through her ornament and outfit. The arrangement of items matters in telling the story about the girl, her taste or thought.
To me, designing jewelry is a special creative experience. When jewelry in painting becomes real and wearable and when we can truly touch the ring or necklace originated from painting, how touching could it be? What an expectation to have. Therefore, I began to seriously consider the possibilities in jewelry art.
I am grateful for the shift to get into the realm of jewelry. Hopefully, you will see more of my jewelry works, even topnotch jewelry art. I am looking forward to each step and I hope my work will deeply touch your heart.