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Hsun    uan Hsu

Sculptor & Painter

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Behind the Scenes with Montblanc 

 
New Exhibition
Happening Now...
Fall Art Competition at Seaside City Hall
Come visit and see my award-winning ceramic work "Dragon-fruit" 
Reception: November 15, 2019, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Show: Continues through January 2, 2020 

Walter Lee Avery Art Gallery

City Hall

440 Harcourt Avenue
Seaside, CA 93955

831-899-6811

 

Artist Statement

 

I am fascinated by how sculpture, typically stiff and immovable, can be transformed by modeling and design into something moving, alive and growing. I base my sculptural works on nature, most often plants, to create living sculptures that show this idea of movement and growth. I also incorporate fractal and geometric patterns like spirals, to contrast and draw attention to the organic forms in my sculptures.

In one recent triptych of ceramic sculptures, I based the form of the three pieces on a magnified photo of plant cells. The way these geometric building blocks make up plant life really interested me. Each piece in the three-piece series grows larger and more detailed than the last. When viewed together, they create a visual timeline of the growth process.

I also take my inspiration from fruits and vegetables I have seen daily in markets in America and Asia. I have created works based on artichokes, sugar apples, and dragon fruit, which I picked because of their mixture of colors and diverse textures. I imagine new life sprouting out of these familiar plants, adding tail-like forms and spirals. By combining these elements, I aim to show the warmth and dynamic nature of life. 

Artist Biography

 

Hsun-yuan Hsu (Sharon Hsu) is a painter and sculptor born and raised in Tainan, Taiwan. From a young age, her parents supported her early interest in art. She attended art-focused schools since the age of eight, and graduated from the Tainan University of Technology with a BFA degree in Fine Art Painting.

After graduating, Hsun-yuan worked as a middle-school and high-school level art teacher. In 2013, she journeyed to the United States to pursue an MFA degree in Fine Art Sculpture from the Academy of Art University. In Spring 2017, Hsun-yuan graduated her MFA program and received the NICHE Award for ceramic sculpture.

Hsun-yuan enjoys traveling and exploring the outdoors, and the natural world she encounters provides the inspiration for her art. 

 

Education

Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California

Graduate School of Fine Art Sculpture (2013 - 2017)

Tainan University of Technology, Tainan, Taiwan

Undergraduate School of Fine Art (2004 - 2008)

High School of Fine Art (2001 - 2004)

Liren Elementary School, Tainan, Taiwan

Elementary School of Fine Art (1994 - 1998)

Awards

2019    Commissioner's Choice, Walter Lee Avery Art Gallery, Seaside, California

2019    First Place in Three-Dimensional Category, Walter Lee Avery Art Gallery, Seaside, California

2018    Second Place, By Hand, Blue Line Arts, Roseville, California

2017    Best of Show in Fine Art Sculpture, Academy of Art University Spring Show

2017    NICHE Award, Student Winner
2007   Second Place, National All-University Digital Art and Ink Painting 

Exhibitions

2019      The Fall Art Competition, Walter Lee Avery Art Gallery, Seaside, California

2019      24nd Annual Faculty + Alumni Fine Art Auction, The Cannery, San Francisco, California

2019       California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art, Davis, California

2018       Off Center: An International Ceramic Art Competition, Blue Line Arts, Roseville, California

2018       Group Bronze Show, The Cannery, San Francisco, California

2018       By Hand, Blue Line Arts, Roseville, California

2017       22nd Annual Faculty + Alumni Fine Art Auction, The Cannery, San Francisco, California

2017       Visions in Clay, LH Horton Jr. Gallery, Stockton, California

2017       "Growth" Solo Show, The Cannery, San Francisco, California

2017       4th Clay & Glass Biennial, Brea Art Gallery, Brea, California

2017       Sweet N Low: An International Show of Cute, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, California

2017       Academy of Art University Spring Show, San Francisco, California

2017       Academy of Art University Fashion Show, San Francisco, California

2017       California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art, Davis, California

2017       Selected Works from Fine Art Sculpture, The Cannery, San Francisco, California

2016       Academy of Art University Spring Show, San Francisco, California

2016       California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art, Davis, California

2015       Academy of Art University Spring Show, San Francisco, California

2015       California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art, Davis, California

2008      泥說土不土Ceramic Exhibition, Art Site of Chiayi Railway Warehouse, Chiayi, Taiwan

2008      走陶Ceramic Exhibition, Chung Hwa University of Medical Technology Art Center, Tainan, Taiwan

2008      46次元的藝見Art Exhibition, National University of Tainan Art Center, Tainan, Taiwan

2008      愛玩藝 Art Exhibition, Tainan Municipal Cultural Center, Tainan, Taiwan

2008      愛玩藝 Art Exhibition Tainan University of Technology Art Center, Tainan, Taiwan

2007      逃?淘?陶!Ceramic Exhibition, Tainan University of Technology Gallery, Tainan, Taiwan

2007      More & 墨Ink Painting Exhibition, Tainan University of Technology Art Center, Tainan, Taiwan

2007      National All-University Digital Art and Ink Painting Exhibition, Tainan, Taiwan

2006      陶生門Ceramic Exhibition, Tainan University of Technology Art Center, Tainan, Taiwan

2006      我.女人.花Mixed Media Show, Tainan University of Technology Art Center, Tainan, Taiwan

2006      師生聯展Ink Painting Exhibition, Tainan University of Technology Art Center, Tainan, Taiwan

2005      墨舞山水Ink Painting, Eye of Zengwen Gallery, Tainan, Taiwan

2005      山水影像Photography Exhibition, Eye of Zengwen Gallery, Tainan, Taiwan

2005      好看給你.給你好看Exhibition, Tainan University of Technology Art Center, Tainan, Taiwan

2005      盼影展 Photography Exhibition, Tainan University of Technology Library, Tainan, Taiwan

Related Experience

2019                      Book Cover Art, The Psychosocial Implications of Disney Movies, Editor: Dr. Lauren Dundes

2018  - 2019       Member Artist at Salinas Valley Art Gallery, Salinas, California

2018                     Featured in The Sacramento Bee, Arts & Theater section (February 2, 2018) Author: Victoria Dalkey

2017                      Featured in Ceramics Monthly Magazine (September 2017), page 12

2010                     Fine Art Tutoring, Tainan, Taiwan

2009 – 2013      Teacher, Painting & Drawing Gallery Studio, Tainan, Taiwan

2008 – 2009     Teacher of Children's Art Class, Tainan, Taiwan

2007 – 2008     Teaching Assistant of Painting & Drawing Gallery Studio, Tainan, Taiwan

2006                     Instructor of Marker Calligraphy Class, Tainan University of Technology, Tainan, Taiwan 

 
 

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