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Searching for Self in Changing Times: Liu Keng-i and the Rising of the Taiwanese Identity in the Post-war Period
Liu Keng-i,Taiwanese consciousness/identity,cultural continuity,group portrait,self-portrait,
|Publication Year :||2017|
最後，筆者對畫家晚年旅居紐西蘭十五年間的創作進行分期，指出其與西方畫家佛烈德利赫（Caspar David Friedrich, 1774-1840）及葛雷柯（El Greco, 1541-1614）的關係，強調其藝術特質除了社會現實層面外，也具有強烈的理想及信仰成份。同時，從劉耿一旅居紐西蘭的決定可知，其台灣意識並非根深蒂固、不可撼動之理想，而無疑是一種隨情境而動的念頭，具有保存自我的強烈目的。
Liu Keng-i(1938-) , the son of Liu Chi-Hsiang(1910-1998) who is thought a leading painter after second world war, is an important artist who grew up in Kaohsiung. His painting style developed in 1980s, just before or at the time of the lifting of martial law, and this made the topics of his works obviously influenced by the social movements and the rising of Taiwanese consciousness. Later, he became more concerned about searching for self-identity, which related to the issue of subjectivity and national orientation in Taiwan. Also, he expressed strong doubt about the trend of Taiwan art circles. All of this is inspiring to researchers nowadays.
The method of this article focus on the politic and social part of history, and the first-hand sources from Liu Keng-i are also the point. Therefore, we will not only discuss the meaning or style of his art, but also the interaction between painter and the Taiwan artist circle after WWII. Accordingly, the study find that Liu Keng-i’s success helped mainly by two persons at first, his wife Tseng Ya-Yun(1948-), and the owner of Lionart Gallery, Li Xian-wen(1947-). Furthermore, his topics turned to social criticism and cultural continuity, which reflecting the collective consciousness and his own mind against the trend of pursuing new style at that time.
In the end, the article tried to stage Liu Keng-i’s works created in New Zealand for fifteen years. It is notable that he learned from two famous western artist, Caspar David Friedrich(1774-1840) and El Greco(1541-1614), which means that he also have a desire for ideal and faithful character. All in all, after he moving to New Zealand, we can say that his Taiwanese identity is not a firm belief, but a changing will following the environment and his pursuit of freedom.
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