Paintings by Lydia Hwang
Lydia Hwang (Pei-Quincita) studied the fundamentals of traditional Chinese brush painting under Professor Chen, Hong-Zen for ten years, beginning at age 13. Professor Chen is a well-known artist of Chinese calligraphy, brush painting, sculpture, and woodblock painting.
In 1975, Lydia immigrated to the United States where she continued her art career. She studied with professors Monica Liu, and Mr. Chi-An Yang. Lydia has had many solo exhibitions, and has also won awards for her countless appearances in group shows. Individuals, corporations, and universities collect her paintings.
Lydia’s artistic odyssey spans two continents, encapsulating both a psychological and artistic journey. The exhibition traces this metamorphosis from traditional Chinese painting through a Western treatment of her subject matter.
The traditional Chinese paintings feature intricate foreground images and detailed still life treatments, while the backgrounds are untreated since the study of form is paramount. The aesthetic sense of brush stroke and subject matter work to reinforce the formalism of Chinese painting.
An exploration and experimentation in Western style and mood is apparent in Lydia’s later art. The hallmark of Chinese art is still present, but the entire canvas now becomes the subject of the art, not just the isolated treatment of still life images. Visually, the art is liberated. The mute specter of the traditional Chinese brush painting becomes vibrant and draws attention. Psychologically, the eye is allowed to interpret, to enter into dialectic with art. A daring political, sociological, and psychological dimension, the art exists on its own as a brilliant and pleasing aesthetic experience.
The effect of Lydia’s Western influence, her use of new colors, and the still-life formalism of the traditional subject matter blends together naturally, creating a harmony of old and new, producing a “Yin” and “Yang” philosophy of art.