Ju Ming 朱銘 (b. 1938)

朱銘 Ju Ming was born Ju Chuan-tai in 1938. Born to a poor rural family in Miaoli County, Taiwan, he gave up studying after completing his primary school education and began working at the young age of fifteen. Encouraged by his father, Ju undertook his apprenticeship from famous local craftsman, Lee Chinchuan, and acquired himself the mastery of wood-carving when he was barely twenty. 1968 marked a turning point of Ju Ming’s life as an artist when he became an apprentice of Yuyu Yang, a significant sculptor and pioneer of the modern art movement in Taiwan.

Yang broadened Ju’s artistic vision by giving him opportunities to display his talent, as well as providing guidance. He also taught the artist to express himself freely by imparting to him the philosophy of free expression of forms and feelings, and inculcated him with the aesthetic values of simplicity and embracing environmentalism.

Ju’s first solo exhibition, arranged by Yang in 1976, raised public attention for his Nativist Series and also paved way for the following Taichi Series. The Taichi Series is an important milestone signifying the maturity of the artist’s sculptural language and aesthetic style, where he found himself being able to wield his exquisite craftsmanship with complete ease and freedom, reaching the stage of forgetting self in the process. In 2002, Ju Ming ceased creating his Taichi Series.

Prior to his first visit to New York in the early 1980s, Ju Ming started creating wooden sculptures for the Living World Series. He brought some wooden sculptures with him to New York and created more work during his stay in America. These works were subsequently exhibited in a New York art gallery and received overwhelming success. Since then, Ju’s artistic development on the Living World Series has undergone various stages of development and it has become his central theme of artistic creation alongside his famed Taichi Series; depicting social phenomenon with his own language, a way of reconciling the traditional woodcarver’s technique with modern abstraction. Portraying various age groups and walks of life both at work and at play, the Living World Series encapsulates the rich diversity of humanity. While the first Living World Series employed wood figures to depict the nonchalant and mundane lives of trapped individuals in society, the second series is a myriad of anonymous faceless figures with an added touch of humour, made from bronze and foam rubber moulds.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • Ju Ming Travelling Exhibition, 2015, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Shanghai, China
  • Ju Ming – Sculpting the Living World, 2014, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
  • Ju Ming Solo Exhibition, 2013, Farglory Financial Center, Taipei
  • Ju Ming – Swimming, 2011, iPreciation, Singapore
  • Ju Ming, 2010, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
  • Ju Ming Swimming, 2010, iPreciation, Hong Kong
  • Ju Ming Taichi Exhibits, 2009, Singapore
  • Living World Exhibition, 2008, Singapore
  • Meet us at Art Beijing, 2007, NAEC
  • iPRECIATION Exhibition, 2007, KIAF, Seoul, Korea
  • Taichi Sculpture Exhibition, 2006, National Museum of Art, Beijing, China
  • Solo Exhibition, 2006, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
  • The living world series, 2005, iPreciation, Singapore
  • Solo Exhibition, 2004, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
  • Solo Exhibition, 2003, Berlin, Germany
  • Solo Exhibition, 2000, Brussels, Belgium
  • Solo Exhibition, 1999, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
  • Solo Exhibition, 1997, Vendome Square, Paris, France
  • Retrospective Exhibition, 1995, Hakone Open-air Museum, Japan
  • Solo Exhibition, 1991, Museum of Contemporary Art of Dunkerque, France
  • Solo Exhibition, 1991, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK
  • Solo Exhibition, 1991, Southbank Centre, London, UK
  • Solo Exhibition, 1989, Singapore
  • Solo Exhibition, 1986, National Museum of Singapore, Singapore
  • Solo Exhibition, 1984, Birashri Institute of Modern Art, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Solo Exhibition, 1984, Ayala Museum, Manila, Philippines
  • Solo Exhibition, 1978, Tokyo Central Museum, Tokyo, Japan
  • Solo Exhibition, 1976, National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan

For the full list of exhibitions, please contact the gallery at enquiry@ipreciation.com

Selected Public Collections

  • Canada Botanical Gardens, Canada
  • St Catherine’s College, Oxford University, UK
  • Ashmolean Museum Oxford University, UK
  • University of Cambridge, UK
  • Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel
  • National Museum of Singapore

and many other private and public collections throughout Asia, USA and Europe. For full list of public collections, please contact the gallery at enquiry@ipreciation.com 


Images of artworks

                       

 

Nationality

Taiwan


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