Story of Formosa (福爾摩沙的故事)

24K Gold Leaf and Oil on Canvas
4 x 5 Feet
March 2017

Award of Excellence, Taiwan National Exhibition Committee for the Arts Painting Competition

The painting portrays Taiwan through its history from Dutch occupation, the Eastern Ning dynasty, the Qing dynasty, all the way to the fall of the imperial government and the transition to democracy. The painting uses a surrealist, whimsical style to tell the story of the lively attitudes and cheerfulness of the people on the small little island and portrays how many different cultures and backgrounds can come and move forward together to become a leader in both agriculture, science, and technology. Through this spirit, Taiwan can continue on making wonderful progress, like how a plum blossom (the national flower of Taiwan) blooms in winter.