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March Online Auction: Chiu Pai’s Amorphous Explorations

Chiu Pai describes her lively and captivating paintings as waking dreams. She believes that the finished paintings should appear hazy, shifting away from any distinctive representations, thus reflecting her great range of emotions. Above anything, Pai wishes for her works to convey a sense of peace and serenity to viewers.

Lot 01: Chiu Pai, AFTER RAINS (2017), Oil on canvas, 20 x 24” Estimate: $1000-1500

Lot 01: Chiu Pai, AFTER RAINS (2017), Oil on canvas, 20 x 24”
Estimate: $1000-1500

After Rains presents a richly layered composition of amorphous patterns all intermingling upon the surface, in vivid burgundy, gold, and green colours, while formations of nebulous indigo stretch diagonally across the canvas. In the upper layer, foliate shapes have been outlined in white paint over burgundy and indigo tones. An arrangement of twisting lines in dark indigo is visible in the lower left corner of the frame.

The Shadow of the Autumn offers equally enigmatic patterns, but instead in the more muted tones of russet, amber, carmine, and ochre. The addition and prominent feature of white and black across the canvas gives the work a sense of dramatic energy. As in the previous painting, an assortment of foliage and vegetation can be glimpsed throughout the surface, roughly outlined in white, brown, and green paint.

Lot 02: Chiu Pai, THE SHADOW OF THE AUTUMN (2016), Oil on canvas, 20 x 24” Estimate: $1000-1500

Lot 02: Chiu Pai, THE SHADOW OF THE AUTUMN (2016), Oil on canvas, 20 x 24”
Estimate: $1000-1500

By presenting these mystifying sights, with no single overarching theme, Pai invites viewers to let their minds roam freely while contemplating her paintings. Only by doing so may they then discover their own version of a waking dream reflected in her works.

Born in Taipei, Chiu Pai (Qiu Bai in Taiwanese) studied painting under the famed artist Xu Ming (徐敏), renowned for his approach to abstract landscape painting. In 1993, Chiu Pai established the Talent Arts Center in Taipei, serving as an exhibition venue for artists from Taiwan, Mainland China, Russia, and also Canada.

After moving to Vancouver in 1999, the artist deepened her understanding of Western oil painting by studying at Emily Carr University. Today, Pai is the Vice President and Chief Curator at the Painting and Calligraphy Institute in Vancouver, and is a member of various associations including the International Chinese Artists Association, the Canadian Artists Association, the Chinese International Culture and Art Promotions Association, and the World Association of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy.

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