Chang Chieh

1921-2016, Shanghai China


Chang Chieh is a celebrated Taiwan artist recognised for his lotus flowers, brilliant colours, and carefully composed artworks. Born in 1921 in Shanghai, he graduated from the Chengtse Art College, Danyang in Jiangsu Province in 1948. He immigrated to Taipei in 1949 and began teaching. During this period, he continued painting and in 1958, set up the Chinese Watercolour Society. Starting in the 1970s, he was invited to give speeches and hold painting demonstrations at various locations around the world, including in Taipei, Berlin, New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. He has won several awards during his career, including Honorable Mention at USIS/Taipei in 1960 and at the 7th São Paolo Biennial in 1963, Best Watercolourist of the Year Taipei in 1967 and the Supreme Painter in Arts by the International University in the United States in 1990. His work has been compared to the Five Dynasties painter Xu Xi and the Qing painter Gao Yun, both known for introducing revolutionary techniques in flower painting, and for establishing it as a genre. He once said in an interview about his exhibition organised by Alisan Fine Arts that “Lotus represents me – I am a lotus after all.” 

Alisan Fine Arts began representing Chang in 1981, holding a solo exhibition for him at the Société Générale that year –this was the first show that Alice King organised. Since then the gallery has held four more solo exhibitions for the artist, including two large scale shows at the Hong Kong Arts Centre in 1983 and 1991. Following a group show, titled Elements of Spring, in 1997 the gallery brought his works to Tresors Singapore. Since 1957, Chang Chieh has had over thirty solo exhibitions and group shows. His works have been exhibited in the United States, Brazil, Germany, China, Singapore, Japan, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan. His paintings have been collected by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taiwan, and numerous collectors worldwide.

1921    Born in Shanghai, China
1948    Graduated from Chengtse Art College, T’anyang, Jiangsu
1949    Left China to teach in Taipei
1958    Founded “Chinese Watercolour Society” in Taipei
1970    Invited by USIS to give a speech at Taipei Lincoln Center on American Culture
1986    Invited by Pacific Asia Travel Association to give painting demonstrations in Berlin, Germany
1987    Invited by PATA to give painting demonstrations in New York, Washington DC, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles
2016    Passed away in July in Taiwan


2009    Solo Exhibition, No.1 Art Museum, Shanghai, China
2006    Solo Exhibition, Yibo Art Gallery, Shanghai, China
2000    Solo Exhibition, Howard Salon, Taipei, Taiwan
1999    Solo Exhibition, Miami, Florida, the United States
1998    Chang Chie's New Painting, Taiwan Museum of Art, Taichung, Taiwan
1996    The Gem World of Chang Chieh, National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan
1994    National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan; Cafe Gallery, Singapore
1992    Chinese Water Ink solo show, Kander’s Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
1989    Solo Exhibition, Singapore, Taipei, and Kaohsiung, Taiwan
1987    “Flowers by Chang Chieh” orgainsed by Alisan Fine Arts, Tokyo American Club, Japan
1985    Solo exhibition, Rockefeller Gallery, New York, the United States; Arts Promotion (Alisan Fine Arts), Hong Kong
1981    Solo Exhibition, Arts Promotion (Alisan Fine Arts), Hong Kong
1975    Chang Chieh’s Lotus Art Exhibition, National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan
1970    Solo Exhibition, City Hall, Hong Kong
1968/9    Solo exhibition, New York, Washington, San Francisco, organised by Sino-American Cultural Association and Pacific University, the United States
1964    Works tour Africa; solo exhibition, Taipei, Taiwan
1950    Solo Watercolour was shown in Changhua, Tainan and Taipei, Taiwan


2015    Group exhibition, Shanghai Art Fair, Longsun Art Space, Shanghai, China
2012    Group Exhibition of Chang Chieh & Chinyee, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong
1999    Shanghai and Taipei Arts Fairs
1997    Participated in the Taipei and Singapore International Art Fairs
1991    “Of Flowers and Places” organised by Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong
1983    “Flowers” sponsored by Arts Promotion at Hong Kong Art Centre, Hong Kong
1978    Contemporary Chinese Art from Taiwan, Hong Kong Art Centre, Hong Kong
1977    Ten Leading Chinese Artists Exhibition, Japan
1976    10 Leading Chinese Artists, Dai-ichi Annual Exhibition, Japan
1975    Chinese Contemporary Artists Exhibition, City Hall, Hong Kong
1974    Ann Arbor, Michigan, the United States
1967    New Haven, Connecticut, the United States
1965    National History Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
Contemporary Free Chinese Art Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan
1963    Sao Paulo Biennial VII, Brazil
1962    Saigon International Art Exhibition I, Vietnam
1961    National Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
1959    Sao Paulo Biennial V, Brazil
1957    Sao Paulo Biennial International Art Exhibition IV, Brazil

1960    Honourable mention at USIS/Taipei
1963    Honourable mention at Sao Paolo Biennial VII
1967    Awarded “Best Watercolorist of the Year” Taipei
1990    Awarded “The Supreme Painter in Arts” by The International University, USA