✸ 展期｜2020/4/2(四)-7/5(日) 9:00-17:00 (免費參觀，每週一及民俗節日休館)
✸ 地點｜ 新竹市美術館（新竹市東區中央路116號）
LEE Tze-Fan (1907-1989) is a renowned artist in Hsinchu. Not only is he dedicated to painting, but he also devoted himself to art education. In 1921, he entered Taipei Normal School (now National Taipei University of Education) and was taught by a Japanese watercolor painter named Ishikawa Kinichiro (1871-1945). After graduating in 1926, LEE returned to his hometown, Hsinchu, and taught at Hsinchu Elementary School, National Tsing Hua University, National Taiwan Normal University, National Taiwan University of Arts and others. With his lifelong endeavor and contribution to arts and education, LEE created a legacy no one can compare.
During the time at Taipei Normal School, LEE Tze-Fan regularly went sketching with his teacher Ishikawa Kinichiro. Even after he returned to Hsinchu after graduation, he was still occasionally a local guide for Ishikawa. LEE’s painting style was very simple and emotional, and in his work, he depicted landscapes and the people of Taiwan. After years of experience, he began to develop highly representative characteristics with strong colors in his paintings and made them become clearer in composition, even more, created his own technique in painting.
This exhibition included paintings regarding rural life, historic sites, and daily life, it presented LEE’s truly mind about art and life. Besides his feeling about our land, relationship and life, we can also notice his technique that combined tradition and modernity.
In the field of art education, LEE Tze-Fan has always been an educator. During the period at Hsinchu First Public School from 1926 to 1944, LEE not only taught art but also other subjects because of the teaching system. Based on his passion for painting and education, he conceived many ways to increase students' interest in art, such as encouraging students to use brushes to express their conception of writings and expanding students’ horizons in aesthetic through appreciating other paintings. In order to stimulate the motivations of students to learn and promote art education, LEE designed various types of teaching materials with his own talent despite the economic depression at the time. In addition to using the teaching materials in his own courses, he also printed and distributed them to lots of schools in Taiwan, including the technique Origami.
LEE Tze-Fan edited a teaching material called “How to Make Paper Animals by Cutting, Sticking and Folding” in 1952, he designed 30 kinds of animal origami with different poses, which can be completed with only scissors and paper. It was used to cultivate students’ thoughts and hand-making abilities, we can also feel his exquisite thinking through the paper animals’ curves. In addition, the venue “The Origami Paradise of LEE Tze-Fan” cooperated with the Department of Arts and Design at NTHU, combined the Origami teaching material and sculpture, and made the venue become an Origami paradise. It not only symbolized the continuity of art education, but also echoed the reopening of Hsinchu Zoo and the atmospheres of Children’s Day. This exhibition also planned an interactive area called “Happiness in Origami”, where we invited people to learn the conception between art and space through Origami.
【Folding Thinking – The Art Education of Origami with LEE Tze Fan】
✸ Exhibition Period | 9:00-17:00 from 2nd April to 5th July, 2020 (Closed on Mondays and holidays)
✸ Location｜Hsinchu Art Gallery(No. 116, Zhongyang Rd., East Dist., Hsinchu City 300, Taiwan (R.O.C.))
✸ Artist｜LEE Tze-Fan
✸ Special Thanks to ｜Yong Feng Yu, Chung Hwa Pulp Corporation, Department of Arts and Design at NTHU
✸ Directed by | Ministry of Culture
✸ Organized by | Hsinchu City Government
✸ Implemented by | Cultural Affairs Bureau, Hsinchu City
✸ Curated by｜Good Creative, Lee Tze-Fan Memorial Art Gallery