Date: November 20, 2015
An exhibition of mouth-and-foot paintings is underway in northern Taiwan’s
Hsinchu County, showcasing decades of endeavors by physically challenged artists and their resilience in the face of challenges.
Staged at the Art Museum of the Hsinchu County Cultural Affairs Bureau, the 19-day event features 56 pieces by 26 painters. The results of their efforts underscore the value of creative pursuits in extending life experiences beyond physical limits.
“Every artist has poignant memories of overcoming their difficulties,” a CAB official said. “Some of them have congenital diseases, while others were disabled in accidents, but they all made their way through and started shining in the artistic field.”
Highlighted artists in the exhibition include Hsieh Kun-shan, an internationally renowned mouth painter who specializes in oil paintings of animals, landscapes and still lifes. He lost both hands and his lower right leg during an industrial accident in 1974 at age 16, and has been a full member of the Liechtenstein-based Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists of the World since 1992. [FULL STORY]