Simply Nature 1997
by James C.W.Chae
CHAE, CHANG-WAN'S PAINTINGS
May 27~June 1, 1997
Birla Academy of Art and Culture
108, Southern Avenue, Calcutta - 700 029. INDIA
Simply Nature-Surprise Not #1. oil on paper. 18x19.5cms. 1996.
Fri. 4 Jul 1997
Chae Chang-Wan (Birla Academy) is a talented painter from the technical point of view. By technique is not meant mere colour application but a measured mental activity which decides on valance and poise and the choreography of form distribution. In all this Chang-Wan showed a mature mind for one quite young (born 1967). Chang-Wan is a Korean artist who is studying in Santiniketan and his semi abstract paintings certainly projected peace if in a somewhat lugubrious manner.
Simply Nature-Jockey #2. oil on paper. 21x17.5cms. 1996.
There is a certain kind of art that does not immediately attract the eye but which on closer examination reveals a lot to admire. Chang-Wan belongs to this category. In a group exhibition his paintings would be ignored but in a solo they gave ample opportunity for the eye to establish a friendship.
It is not clear if Chang-Wan has any experience of pottery but his art certainly simulates the glaze and texture of pottery on canvas. The subdued, understated colours which look fascinating on a plate or a vase looked somewhat monotonous as the eye traveled across a large number of works, small and standard painting. Yet at certain moments his forms attracted attention, the dry remains of a flower, the door, the totem like shapes and the swan-arrow. Certainly worth watching. The art of a painter who seems too bottled up to assign the place youth should give to spontaneity. ■ By Sankar Majumdar
Simply Nature-A Bird #1. oil on paper. 20x19.5cms. 1996.
Simply Nature-Clay Jar #1. oil on paper. 19x20.5cms. 1996.
Simply Nature-Clay Jar #2. oil on paper. 19.5x19cms. 1996.
Simply Nature-Clay Jar #3. oil on paper. 19.5x20cms. 1996.
Simply Nature-Clay Jar #5. oil on paper. 20x18cms. 1997.
Simply Nature-Jockey #1. oil on paper. 20x19cms. 1996.
Simply Nature-A Cow #2. oil on paper. 17.5x19.5cms. 1997.
Simply Nature-A Cow #1. oil on paper. 18x20.5cms. 1997.
Simply Nature-A Dog. oil on paper. 20x18cms. 1997.
THE STATESMAN, Fri. 4 Jul 1997
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