郭清治 Chin-Chih Kuo
About the Artist
Kuo was born in 1939 in Tachia, Taichung. Graduated from the Department of Sculpture, National Academy of Arts, his early works of realism won multiple awards at the National and Provincial Exhibitions. In 1965, he won first prize at the Provincial Fine Arts Exhibition, gold medal at the National Fine Arts Exhibition, and first prize in sculpture at the Taiyang Fine Arts Exhibition. In the 90s, he worked with multiple materials, blending conflicting materials into harmony, and interacted with the environment.
In 1994, his “Gate of Saha” was invited to Japan to participate in the “Asian Modern Sculpture Outdoor Exhibition.” It was highly praised by Japan’s “Asahi Shimbun” with its unique “multi-dimensional” style. His “Entrance of the Sun” was included in the Forjar el Espacio: La Escultura Forjada En El Siglo XX, which was listed as an example of large-format sculpture with other international masters.
Kuo’s works involve expression, originality, and spirit of the East. Since the 60s, he had contributed himself to stone sculpture, making a shift of material and working style from bronze, stone, metal sculpting and mixed material. He became a predecessor of modern sculpture in Taiwan, and had a big impact on the development of sculpture in Taiwan.
I have created iron sculptures about fifty years ago; I also explored other media. In my creative statements, I often mention “monumentality;” everyone is a monument, and everyone has his or her own story. During the residency, I used iron plates to create works, hoping to establish my personal expressions, while also preserving past styles and characteristics. “Coverage,” as well as extension of space, were the creative concepts and core ideas of this project.
Chin-Chih Kuo: “Confronting Steel Sculptures from a New Creative Perspective,” Extraordinary Relation 4.0: The Tung Ho Steel International Artist Residency Program, Tung Ho Steel Foundation, 2017.