The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts will host the “32nd Annual Exhibition of New Year Prints, ROC: Good Fortune for the Year of the Rooster” to showcase winning works of a nationwide competition from Jan. 1 through March 12.
A total of 82 works out of 289 submissions, including two commissioned prints by senior artist Jun T. Lai (賴純純) and professor Chang Po-yen (張栢烟) of the Department of Fine Arts at Tainan University of Technology, will be on display.
The submissions this year employed various techniques of printmaking, such as engraving, etching, and digital artmaking. The age range of the participants also ranged from 10 to 71 years old, reflecting the successful promotion of the art of print in Taiwan.
The two commissioned works this year were both made with silkscreen printing. “Good Fortune for the New Year (吉年好運到)” by Chang embodies blessings for couples and children, and welcomes the Year of the Rooster with fireworks. The work shows a vivid color scheme and cheerful ambience.
“A Single Brilliant Feat (一鳴驚人)” by Lai, on the other hand, is an illustration of a rooster with colorful feathers, standing tough with its back against the sunrise to symbolize the beginning of a new year.
The six works that won first prize all present traditional folk culture using a contemporary style.
‘32nd Annual Exhibition of New Year Prints, ROC’