七彩迷魂仙童陣 /Seven-colored Enchantment of the Child Servants of the Gods
Oil on canvas
In his younger years, Li worked as an apprentice at a billboard shop in Hualien City. At the age of 19, he started working on his own, creating signs for all kinds of businesses and networking all the while. Society has been his classroom for learning about the realities of life by day and for learning aesthetic and philosophy by night. He paints on the subjects of mythology and religion and sculpts theater puppets, idols, and spirit imagery. Working in both 2D and 3D, he contemplates his life, society, and the origins of the universe, through which he has developed a psychedelic, brightly colored aesthetic vocabulary. Following the exhibition Useless People, which won a Taishin Arts Award in 2012, Seven-colored Enchantment of the Adept Craftsman was a show of pieces akin to painting instruction imagery and mythology, made to be read in the same fashion as imagery in a temple.
Known as “the adept craftsman,” Li Jun-yang grew up in Guangfu Township. He has illustrated film/theater billboards and puppet stages. He mostly works in traditional folk painting in presenting a mysterious language and philosophical dialectics on life experiences. In 2010, he and Stone Lee (Lee Jiun-shyan, the former head of the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts) cooperated in launching the New Taiwan Mural Team.