About Chung-Hsi Han
'Metamorphosis', large drawings sized 64 x 387 cm, suggesting silent spacious landscapes, are obviously his passion. Mieke Conijn, director Kunstenlab Deventer wrote about his latest work: 'His landscapes are wide and plain without any reference to human presence. Chung uses an eraser to suggest light. In first instance, the erased parts seem pleasantly tangible. However when looking closer it makes a diffuse and almost uncomfortable impression. For example as we look to Metamorphosis no. 9, small signes can be recognized like figures. Or are these animals? Looking nearby, the signs change into vague spots, leaving you behind puzzled. Where are we looking at, a wide landscape or a micro cosmos?' (2013).
Hendrik van Leeuwen wrote about Chung's work: 'The force driving Chung's intuitive work is the power of nature. He first came into contact with nature when he worked from 1986 till 1991 as suspension bridge builder in Nepal. Trained as a civil engineer at Delft's University of Technology might have taught him how mankind make use of the forces of nature, but it did not indicate the enormous impact a harsh landscape like the Himalayan Mountains can have. For days he walked along goat tracks from one construction location to the next. Spiritually and physically the expierience was so inspiring that the young man of Chinese origin decided to rethink the destiny his parents had shaped for him. Only in the arts he felt he could explore the creative and the destructive power of nature' (2005).
The start was made at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (1993-1997). In 2003 he got a basisstipendium, a grant bij FVBK based on the quality of his work. It was only in 2006 when his main activity became his work on paper. However he keeps on continuing with work on canvas. Hendrik van Leeuwen ends his article: 'Under the complex skin of canvas as well as paper resides an urgent inner need. As Chung says, his work originates from a 'Black source' simultaneously strong and mysterious.'