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Skyler Chen
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Over the past decade Skyler Chen, the talented Taiwanese artist, has been exploring the many sides of his artistic skills. From his early New York work, through his Singapore period and more recently the time he spent in Taiwan and Shanghai. His ever expanding “Republic of Norman” is allowing him and his followers to view the rapidly converging global environment through a different perspective all the time. His paintings let us see old industrial Shanghai in a rapidly modernizing China. They enjoy at a seemingly cosy breakfast table in an ice cold global environment. They survive on hope and love, while defying the trappings of day to day life. The written phrases in the background make you wonder if they belong to the artist, the central figures in his paintings or perhaps to us as the viewer. Where ever he produces work, Skyler finds his inspiration in the moods that surround him. Seeing and exposing sights, emotions and people the cities that he lives in so desperately try to hide or patch up. Skylers recent move to Europe will undoubtedly provide a new perspective on the old continent. He has the ability to convey rough emotions through his retro, almost vintage, style and keeps you wondering what he really wants to tell us. Whatever it is, it forces the viewer to pause for a moment and think about the message behind the visual. This is where decoration becomes art. His latest work “a simple day” is a good example. One cannot stop wondering, why does a “simple day” looks so dark? What is the relationship of the two man in the painting? Why are they in front of a liquor store? And what does Skyler really wants to tell us here? Skyler Chen, who was born in 1982, has been increasingly productive over the past five years in three different continents. His work ranges from large acrylics on canvas, to oil on wood, prints, and unique signature fashion pieces to video installations and most recently even children’s books illustrations. Several Brooklyn and Manhattan galleries have commissioned Skyler's work to show during 2008, (openshouse gallery group exhibitions 07/22- 08/22 2008 ny,ny doma cafe& gallery 03/18 -04/ 13 2008 , CAAC Gallery 456 new york, ny 9/5 to 9/30, mass Gallery group exhibitions 01/02 to 02/02 Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Doma Gallery 01/26-02/22 NY,NY Armory Arts week 03/05 -03/08 2009, New York City group exhibitons ). More recently his work has been showing in Singapore (Sunijn gallery 08/19 to 09/09 2010 ) ,NYC (Doma Gallery (06/28 to 08/01 2010) Kaohsiung ( monkey wrenching art center group exhibitions) 10/07 to 10/17 2010), , Malaysia (2010 art Expo) and Shanghai( studio door China) http://www.studiodoorchina.com) Skyler grew up in the Southern city of Kaohsiung in Taiwan , where he graduated from art school and was the winner of several prestigious art contests. After his graduation he moved to the United States , where he spent time in Salt Lake City , Utah further developing his artistic talent. In 2006 Skyler relocated to New York City, utilizing inspiration from the multi-faceted and multi-cultural environment the City offers. From his bright studio in Long Island City along the East River in Queens he created new work almost every day which is posted on his popular blog (www.chenskyler.blogspot.com). After spending the last two years in Asia, Skyler is now relocating to Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where he will continue to work passionately on new pieces. In this blog you will find a catalogue of most of his recent works depicted. If you are interested in any pieces, do contact Skyler to find out of the work you like is still available. Of course anyone is invited to provide feedback or comments.
Over the past decade Skyler Chen, the talented Taiwanese artist, has been exploring the many sides of his artistic skills. From his early New York work, through his Singapore period and more recently the time he spent in Taiwan and Shanghai. His ever expanding “Republic of Norman” is allowing him and his followers to view the rapidly converging global environment through a different perspective all the time. His paintings let us see old industrial Shanghai in a rapidly modernizing China. They enjoy at a seemingly cosy breakfast table in an ice cold global environment. They survive on hope and love, while defying the trappings of day to day life. The written phrases in the background make you wonder if they belong to the artist, the central figures in his paintings or perhaps to us as the viewer. Where ever he produces work, Skyler finds his inspiration in the moods that surround him. Seeing and exposing sights, emotions and people the cities that he lives in so desperately try to hide or patch up. Skylers recent move to Europe will undoubtedly provide a new perspective on the old continent. He has the ability to convey rough emotions through his retro, almost vintage, style and keeps you wondering what he really wants to tell us. Whatever it is, it forces the viewer to pause for a moment and think about the message behind the visual. This is where decoration becomes art. His latest work “a simple day” is a good example. One cannot stop wondering, why does a “simple day” looks so dark? What is the relationship of the two man in the painting? Why are they in front of a liquor store? And what does Skyler really wants to tell us here? Skyler Chen, who was born in 1982, has been increasingly productive over the past five years in three different continents. His work ranges from large acrylics on canvas, to oil on wood, prints, and unique signature fashion pieces to video installations and most recently even children’s books illustrations. Several Brooklyn and Manhattan galleries have commissioned Skyler's work to show during 2008, (openshouse gallery group exhibitions 07/22- 08/22 2008 ny,ny doma cafe& gallery 03/18 -04/ 13 2008 , CAAC Gallery 456 new york, ny 9/5 to 9/30, mass Gallery group exhibitions 01/02 to 02/02 Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Doma Gallery 01/26-02/22 NY,NY Armory Arts week 03/05 -03/08 2009, New York City group exhibitons ). More recently his work has been showing in Singapore (Sunijn gallery 08/19 to 09/09 2010 ) ,NYC (Doma Gallery (06/28 to 08/01 2010) Kaohsiung ( monkey wrenching art center group exhibitions) 10/07 to 10/17 2010), , Malaysia (2010 art Expo) and Shanghai( studio door China) http://www.studiodoorchina.com) Skyler grew up in the Southern city of Kaohsiung in Taiwan , where he graduated from art school and was the winner of several prestigious art contests. After his graduation he moved to the United States , where he spent time in Salt Lake City , Utah further developing his artistic talent. In 2006 Skyler relocated to New York City, utilizing inspiration from the multi-faceted and multi-cultural environment the City offers. From his bright studio in Long Island City along the East River in Queens he created new work almost every day which is posted on his popular blog (www.chenskyler.blogspot.com). After spending the last two years in Asia, Skyler is now relocating to Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where he will continue to work passionately on new pieces. In this blog you will find a catalogue of most of his recent works depicted. If you are interested in any pieces, do contact Skyler to find out of the work you like is still available. Of course anyone is invited to provide feedback or comments.

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