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CHIA-JWU TAI(1971-  )

1991 Central Technical School, Toronto, Canada.
1994 DipFA (Hons) Ontario College of Art, Toronto, Canada.
1995 PGDipFA Ontario College of Art with Off-Campus Program, Florence, Italy.  (Studied In Galleria Degli Uffizi)
1996 M.A. Fontbonne University, Missouri, USA.
2006 DocFA Auckland University, Auckland, New Zealand.

Associate Professor, Center for Genereal Education and Core Curriculum, Tamkang University.

PUBLICATIONS

2001 「Divine Light」/ Taipei Fine Arts Museum
2005 「Divine Light — Fine Art Painting of Christian Spirituality」/ The University of Auckland
2010 「Divine Light — Abstract Painting of Christian Spirituality Experience」/ Department of Culture Affair, Taipei City Government.
2020 In the Highest: A Thousand Years of Art in Italian Cathedrals, published by Cosmic Light, Taipei, Taiwan.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1996 “The Strength of Silence”, Chinese Culture Center, St. Louis, USA.
1997 “Italy Works I”, Taipei American School, Taipei, Taiwan.
1998 “Italy Works II”, American Club in China, Taipei, Taiwan.
1999 “The Strength of Faith”, Taipei Culture Center, Taipei, Taiwan.
2000 “The Strength of Life”, Taipei Culture Center, Taipei, Taiwan.
2001 “Figure Drawing Exhibition”, Art Center at National Taipei College of Nursing, Taipei, Taiwan.
2001 “Divine Light 2001”, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan.
2002 “Divine Light 2002”, Sinpin Art Center, Kao Hsung, Taiwan.
2002 “Chia-Jwu Tai Solo Exhibitions”, Art Center at National Taipei College of Nursing, Taipei, Taiwan.
2003 “Divine Light in The Nature 2003”, National Taiwan Art Education Institute, Taipei, Taiwan.
2004 “Divine Light in The Nature 2004”, Art Center at National Taipei College of Nursing, Taipei, Taiwan.
2005 “Divine Light 2005”, Wan-Fang Museum, Taipei, Taiwan.
2005 “Divine Light 2005 I”, Mondrian Studio, Auckland, New Zealand.
2005 “Divine Light 2005 II”, Stanbeth House Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.
2008 “Divine Light in The Nature 2008 I”, Tan Shui Center of Art & Culture, Taipei, Taiwan.
2008 “Divine Light in The Nature 2008 II”, National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan.
2010 “Once Upon a Memory”, Ming Chuan University Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan.
2011 “Inner Glory”, Fu’s Art Space in Sanyi Art Village, Sanyi.
2016 “Divine Light via Paintings”, Artnutri Gallery in Sanyi Art Village, Miaoli, Taiwan.

JOINT EXHIBITIONS

2016 Dancing Above the Deep Sea, Taiwan Women’s Art Association, Yixiang Art
2016 Encounter with Myself: Group Exhibition of Masters and Pupils, Tamkang University Maritime Museum, New Taipei City, Taiwan.
2017 It’s Firm Without Desire: International Group Exhibition of Female Artists, Center of Culture and Creative Design TUT, Tainan, Taiwan.
2017 Breaking Free, Cultural Affairs Bureau, Taichung City Government, Qinshui Art Village, Taichung, Taiwan.
2017 Winter Blessings, Taiwan Christian Art Association, Mackay Memorial Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan.
2017 United States-St.Louis Fontbonne University Alumni Art Exhibition of Taiwan, NTUA YO-CHANG ART MUSEUM, New Taipei City, Taiwan.
2018 New Taipei City Biennial, New Taipei City Arts Center, New Taipei City, Taiwan.
2018 Taiwan Annual by Association of the Visual Arts in Taiwan, Taipei Yuanshan Expo Dome, Taipei, Taiwan.
2018 Encounter with Myself: Group Exhibition of Masters and Pupils, Tamkang University Maritime Museum, New Taipei City, Taiwan.
2018 Where the Heart Dwells by Cultural Affairs Bureau, Taichung City Government, Qinshui Art Village, Taichung, Taiwan.
2018 Legend of Tamsui, Carrie Chang Arts Center, New Taipei City, Taiwan.
2018 Shenzhen International Art Fair, Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center, Shenzhen, China.
2018 Heterotopia on Sheets of Paper, Cornerstone Gallery, Taichung, Taiwan.
2018 Blooming X Leaping: Group Exhibition of Tsai Ming-Shiung and Former Pupils, Department of Cultural Affairs in Taoyuan, Taoyuan
2019 The Beauty of Taiwan by Taiwan Christian Art Association, Art Gallery of Tri-Service General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan.
2019 ART FUTURE, Formosa Art Fair Co., Ltd, Taipei, Taiwan
2019 Splendid Kingdom: Christian Visual Arts Exhibition Between China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau, UNESCO Centre of Macau, Macau
2019 Hidden Vision: Contemporary Abstract Art of Taiwan II, Great Seal Art, Taichung, Taiwan.
2019 Tamsui, Oceans and Ecology, Carrie Chang Arts Center, New Taipei City, Taiwan.
2019 The Path of Grace Group Exhibition, Taiwan Christian Art Association, Taipei City Arts Promotion Office, Taipei, Taiwan.
2019 Taiwan Annual by Association of the Visual Arts in Taiwan, Taipei Yuanshan Expo Dome, Taipei, Taiwan.
2019 Artists as Family Members Joint Exhibition, Taipei City Arts Promotion Office, Taipei, Taiwan.
2020 The Grand Exhibition of New Taipei City Artists, New Taipei City Arts Center, New Taipei City, Taiwan.
2020 Taiwan Annual by Association of the Visual Arts in Taiwan, Taipei Yuanshan Expo Dome, Taipei, Taiwan.
2020 The Beauty of Taiwan by Taiwan Christian Art Association, Art Gallery of Tri-Service General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan.

GRANTS AND AWARDS

1989 Awarded Prizes on National Art Exhibition, Art Exhibition of Taiwan Province, Art Exhibition of Taipei County, National Painting Competition, and etc.
1990 Awarded the Top Prize on Fu-Hsin Trade & Art School Graduate Exhibition, Taiwan.
1992 Granted Advance-Study on Year 3 by the Ontario College of Art, Canada.
1994 Won the Devona Paquette Scholarship by the Ontario College of Art, Canada.
1994 Nominated to be stationed in Florence Art Studio for one year, Ontario College of Art, Canada.
1998 Receive Grant from the National Culture & Art Foundation, In Fine Art Creation Category, Taiwan.
1999 Receive Grant from the National Culture & Art Foundation, In Fine Art Exhibition Category, Taiwan.
2001 Awarded the 26th International Lions Association, Taiwan.
2002 Awarded the 27th International Lions Association Excellent Award, Taiwan.
2002~’05 Won the International Doctoral Scholarship by the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
2005 Awarded the University of Auckland PBRF Research Fund, Mondrian Studio, New Zealand.
2005 Awarded the University of Auckland PBRF Research Fund, Stanbeth House Gallery, New Zealand.
2007 Receive Grant from the Department of Taipei Cultural Affairs, In Fine Art Creation Category, Taiwan.
2008 Receive Grant from the Teaching Excellence Project of the Ministry of Education.
2008 Receive Grant from the National Culture & Art Foundation, In Fine Art Exhibition Category, Taiwan.
2009 Receive Grant from the Department of Taipei Cultural Affairs, In Fine Art Creation Category, Taiwan.
2010 Receive Grant from the Research Center of Tamkang University, In Art Creation Category, Taiwan.
2010 Receive Grant from the Department of Taipei Cultural Affairs, In Fine Art Publishing Category, Taiwan.
2010 Excellent Teacher Award by the Tamkang University in the 2010 Academic Year, Taiwan.
2011 Interview with the Artist was selected and published in Along the Xindian River by Cultural Affairs Department, New Taipei City Government, Taiwan.
2016 Outstanding Senior Teacher Award, Ministry of Education, Taiwan.
2017 Outstanding Teaching Awards, Tamkang University, Taiwan.

About “Divine Light”

Divine Light invokes a realm where the object and the self are forgotten, gazing inwards while simultaneously looking upwards, a realm that appears in a flash. It is a spiritual realm where the soul experiences, during absolute stillness, the workings of the Holy Spirit and being touched by such experience.  Such experience is thus expressed via a narrative of visual aesthetics, attempting at conveying an interior sentiment and connection between individuals and God, a holy ambience that shifts the eyesight off focus yet continuously appeals to people an undisrupted inner sweetness that keeps on fermenting, and a pure experience of soulfulness and beauty immersion, with an ultimate concern for delivering the spiritual content of an “another world” and “another voice” — life’s awakening and quest for eternity.

Exploring and seeking the essence of life is what my creations have been concerned about and are inclined towards, as well as being the creative source and starting point of the In Light I Draw series. To me, life is an act of looking upwards to the essence of life (God).  An honest dialogue with life will reveal that when the deep calls to the deep, the self is fused into the entire higher creation. By creating my artwork, the manifestation of a complete self can be made possible.  The essence of life is actualized in the Spiritual Light, which exists in each living individual; the two are intersubjective and share a common destiny, stimulating, propelling, and admiring each other, in laughter and in mutual expectations.

Divine Light intends to portray the unique sentiments harbored within Jesus, a shaft of glorious light that is beyond description emanating from the essence of life. It is God’s light, God’s love, and the light that lights up my life.  With all honesty, my canvas and I will always fall short of doing the spiritual light justice.  I can only attempt at getting closer and responding to Him, murmuring the following:

Glory! Glory!
Praises beyond words emanate from the eternal glow of love that is God himself.

Lo and behold! Let there be light. And he has spoken. And there it is, the genesis of all there is.
He is God!

Dignified, holy, bright, supreme goodness, supreme kindness, supreme beauty,
Creating all there is; all there is is within Him; He is all in all.
Profound, sublime, supreme love,
Eternal infinity, glorious illumination.

Who are you? Enlightening yet hidden from sight, impossible to trace, elusive yet omnipresent!

Divine Light Exhibition 2001

Divine Light Exhibition 2007

Divine Light Exhibition 2016

Divine Light No.1  Oil painting  165×165 cm / 2001

Divine Light No.2  Oil painting  165×165 cm / 2001

Divine Light No.3  Oil painting  165×165 cm / 2001

Divine Light No.4  Oil painting  165×165 cm / 2001

Divine Light No.5  Oil painting  130×194 cm / 2001

Divine Light No.6  Oil painting  130×194 cm / 2001

Divine Light No.7  Oil painting  194×130×3 cm / 2008

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