77 Impressionism Paintings By Taiwanese Artist Hsin-Yao Tseng

Painting by Artist Hsin-Yao Tseng

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Painting by Artist Hsin-Yao Tseng

Hsin-Yao Tseng b. 1986, Taipei, Taiwan

Around the age of ten, he started painting in watercolors, as well as other mediums, out side of school. The early exposure instilled in him the foundation needed to excel at very early age.

He received both B.F.A. and M.F.A. in Fine Art Painting from Academy of Art University, San Francisco in 2009 and 2012. Hsin-Yao, having already developed a signature style, has had his work recognized by the major art magazines of today, as well as by an unprecedented number of highly prestigious galleries especially in his young age. Hsin-Yao’s technique in oil is brilliant and sure; he paints in a Romantic, expressive manner that honors the Western tradition while signaling an edgy, contemporary complexity.

Hsin-Yao has a curiosity and energy that propel him toward experimentation and innovation; accordingly, he works in a range of genres: from lush evocations of San Francisco and other cities to expressive portraits and finally to lustrous interiors and exteriors in which multiple figures enact a story.

While his technical mastery is superb it is never arid or facile. Hsin-Yao’s prose testifies to the fact that he is ambitious in the best sense; he is eager to push his art beyond what’s immediate and popular toward the timeless and real. His dedication and interest in the arts is apparent from over ten years of hard work and academic studies.

Hsin-Yao has recognized by the Art Renewal Center as an ARC Living Master in 2014. He has exhibited his artworks in a huge number of group shows across the United States, including solo shows, two man shows, and many other group shows. He has won the First Place awards at Southwest Art Magazine Artist Excellence competition in 2016; made it to 2016 November cover on Southwest Art magazine; received both Exceptional Merit Award and Certificate of Excellence in International Portrait Society of America, 2012 and 2010; for seven years straight from 2010 to 2017, he has been on the Top 100 Finalists of the ARC International Salon competition.

In the 2012-2013 ARC Salon competition, He received a total of six (6) awards in three different categories of the salon competition, which included one Honorable Mention Award in Landscapes category, three Honorable Mention Awards in Drawing category and one Finalist Award in Animal category and one Finalist Award in Figurative category; top 50 in the 2009 Salon International at Greenhouse Gallery; earned Second Place in The Artist’s Magazine’s 25th annual contest- Portrait/Figure; and Third Place in the International Artist Magazine (June/July 2008).
https://hsinyaotseng.com/

H sin-Yao Tseng was born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1986. Around the age of ten, Hsin-Yao started painting in watercolors, as well as other mediums, out side of school. The early exposure instilled in him the foundation needed to excel at very early age.

After graduated from high school in Taiwan, in 2004 summer, Hsin-Yao came to United State to study aboard. He received BFA of Fine Art Painting from Academy of Art University, San Francisco in 2009. And he received MFA of Fine Art Painting from the same school in 2012.

Hsin-Yao, having already developed a signature style, has had his work recognized by the major art magazines of today, as well as by an unprecedented number of highly prestigious galleries especially in his young age.

Hsin-Yao ‘s technique in oils brilliant and sure; he paints in a Romantic, expressive manner that honors the Western tradition while signaling an edgy, contemporary complexity.

Hsin-Yao has a curiosity and energy that propel him toward experimentation and innovation; accordingly, he works in a range of genres: from lush evocations of San Francisco and other cities to expressive portraits and finally to lustrous interiors in which multiple figures enact a story.

While his technical mastery’s superb it is never arid or easy. Hsin-Yao’s prose testifies to the fact that he is ambitious in the best sense; he is eager to push his art beyond what immediate and popular toward the timeless and real. His dedication and interest in the arts is apparent from over ten years of hard work and academic studies.

Hsin-Yao has recognized by the Art Renewal Center as an ARC Living Master in 2014.

He has exhibited his artworks in a huge number of group shows across the United States, including solo shows, two-person shows, and many other group shows.
Hsin-Yao is representing by Waterhouse Gallery, in Santa Barbara and The Legacy Gallery, in Scottsdale, Insight Gallery in Fredericksburg, The Garden Gallery in Half Moon Bay, Christian Daniels Gallery in San Francisco, CA and the Howard / Mandvile Gallery in Kirkland.

Hsin-Yao Tseng was born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1986. He was born to be an artist. At the age of ten, he began painting in watercolor, thus discovering his great passion for painting.

He obtained the BFA of Painting at the Academy of Art University of San Francisco in 2009. He begins to make himself known and has an immediate success. Its bright and vibrant colors and expressive brush strokes follow the tradition of western painting, mixing in romantic and blurred landscapes in which contemporary complexity is perceived.

Exploration represents an artistic unity for Hsin-Yao. He has a great curiosity and energy that push him towards experimentation and innovation; consequently, he works on a wide range of genres: from the lush evocations of San Francisco and other cities , to expressive portraits and, finally, to the interiors where more brilliant figures stage a story.

Hsin-Yao’s prose testifies to the fact that he is ambitious in the best sense; he is eager to push his art beyond what is immediate and popular and thus pushes himself towards the timeless and the real. His dedication and interest in the arts is evident from more than ten years of hard work and academic studies.

Many publications and awards, prizes and exhibitions around the world, collective and personal.

Hsin-Yao is currently present at Waterhouse Gallery, in Santa Barbara and The Gallery Legacy, in Scottsdale, Insight Gallery in Fredericksburg, Garden Gallery in Half Moon Bay, Christian Daniels Gallery in San Francisco, California, and the Howard / Mandvile Gallery in Kirkland .

His dedication and passion for painting has never been stronger as he continues to paint and think outside the borders. Hsin-Yao is consciously on a mission in his work. His dedication and passion for breaking the artistic barriers in his painting are evident when a collection of his paintings approaches wherever they are exhibited.

Education

2009 BFA – Painting & Drawing, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA
2012 MFA – Painting & Drawing, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA

Awards

2017 “Finalist” Figurative category, Art Renewal Center’s International ARC Salon
2016 “1st Place” Artistic Excellence, Southwest Art Magazine
“Finalist” Figurative category, Art Renewal Center’s International ARC Salon

2015 “2nd Place” in the Outside of Box category, Members only Competition, Portrait Society of America
“7th Place” in the Non-Commissioned Portrait category, Members only Competition, Portrait Society of America
“Finalist” Figurative category, Art Renewal Center’s International ARC Salon

2014 “Honorable Mention Award and Purchase Award” in drawing category, Art Renewal Center’s International ARC Salon
“2 Finalist” Figurative category, Art Renewal Center’s International ARC Salon
“2nd Place” in the Non-Commissioned Portrait category, Members only Competition, Portrait Society of America

2013 “4 Honorable Mention Award” in one Landscape category, three in Drawing category, Art Renewal Center’s International ARC Salon
“2 Finalist” Figurative and Animal category, Art Renewal Center’s International ARC Salon
“2nd Place” in the Landscape category, Members only Competition, Portrait Society of America
“3rd Merit” in the Commissioned Portrait category, Members only Competition, Portrait Society of America

2012 “Finalist” Landscape, Art Renewal Center’s International ARC Salon
“ Exceptional Merit Award” International Portrait Competition, Portrait Society of America, Philadelphia, PA
“ 1st Merit” in the Non-commissioned Portrait category, Members only
Competition, Portrait Society of America
“4th Merit” in the Outside the Box category, Members only
Competition, Portrait Society of America
“Honorable Mention” in the Commissioned Portrait category, Members only Competition, Portrait Society of America

2011 “ Finalist” Fine Art Views Bold Brush Painting Competition (November)
“Top 50 Finalist” ACOPAL Competition, America China Oil Painting Artists League
“Top 100 Figurative Finalists” Art Renewal Center’s International ARC Salon
“Finalists” Portrait/Figure; Landscapes category, Artist’s Magazine 28th Annual Contest
“1St Place” MFA Landscape Painting, Annual Spring Show, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA

“Finalist” Portrait/Figure; Landscapes category, Artist’s Magazine 27th Annual Contest
“Second Place” Fine Art Views Bold Brush Painting Competition (May)
“Top 100 still-life finalists” Art Renewal Center’s International ARC Salon
“Certificate of Excellence” International Portrait Competition, Portrait Society of America, Washington, DC
“2nd Place” MFA Landscape Painting, Annual Spring Show, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA

“Honorable Mention” Southwest Art Magazine, 21Under 31 Competition
“1st Place” BFA Still Life Painting;“1st Place” BFA Landscape Painting
“2nd Place” BFA Landscape Painting; “2nd Place” BFA Figurative Painting; “BFA Best Body of Work Award”, Annual Spring Show, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA
“Top 50” The Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX
“Top 100 Finalists” Figurative/Still-Life, Art Renewal Center’s International ARC Salon
“Honorable Mention” The Pastel Journal Magazine’s 10th Annual Pastel 100 Competition,

2008 “2nd Place” Portrait/Figure, Artist’s Magazine’s 25th Annual Contest
“3rd Prize” Seascape Category (June/July), International Artist Magazine
“1st Place” BFA Still Life Painting;“1st Place” BFA Landscape Painting; “BFA Best Body of Work Award”, Annual Spring Show, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA

2007 “1st Place” BFA Still Life Painting; “2nd Place” BFA Landscape Painting Annual Spring Show, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA

2006 “Incentive Award” BFA Still Life Painting, Annual Spring Show, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA

Solo Exhibition

2017 Hsin-Yao Tseng Focus Show at InSight Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX
Hsin-Yao Tseng Two Man Show at Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2016 Hsin-Yao Tseng X Goorin Bros. Pop up show at Goorin Bros. Hat shop,
San Francisco, CA
2015 Hsin-Yao Tseng Solo Exhibition at Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
Hsin-Yao Tseng Solo Exhibition at Insight Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX
2014 Hsin-Yao Tseng Solo Exhibition at Christian Daniels Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2013 Hsin-Yao Tseng Solo Exhibition at Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2012 Hsin-Yao Tseng Two person show at The Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Hsin-Yao Tseng Solo Exhibition at Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

Group Exhibitions

2017 “Small Works Group Show”, Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland,WA
“Annual Holiday Show”, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO
“33st Anniversary Group Exhibition” Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
“Holiday Small Works Show”, The Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
“Annual Small Works Show” Insight Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX
8”x8” Only Group Show, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

2016 “Small Works Group Show”, Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland,WA
“Annual Holiday Show”, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO
“32st Anniversary Group Exhibition” Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
“Holiday Small Works Show”, The Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
“Annual Small Works Show” Insight Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX
“ Contemporary Figuration Group Show”, Abend Gallery, CO
“Cityscape group show”, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO
“ Landscape Group Show”, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO
“Young Master Group Show”, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

2015 “Small Works Group Show”, Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland,WA
“Annual Holiday Show”, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO
“31st Anniversary Group Exhibition” Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
“Holiday Small Works Show”, The Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
“Annual Small Works Show” Insight Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX
“Cityscape group show”, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO

2014 “ Tradition Impression Group Show”, The Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
“Street of San Francisco”, Christian Daniels Gallery, San Francisco, CA
“Anniversary Group Show”, Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA
“Legacy of the Southwest Show”, The Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
“Annual Fall Group Show” Insight Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX

2013 “Small Works Group Show”, Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland,WA
“Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art”, The Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
“8th Great American Figurative Artists Exhibition” Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
“Holiday Small Works Show”, The Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
“Annual Small Works Show” Insight Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX
“Small Gems 8×8 Show”, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

2013 “7th Annual Great American Figurative Artists Exhibition”, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
“Annual Fall Group Show”, Insight Gallery, Federicksburg, TX
“Artists for the New Century” Group Show, The Bennington, Bennington, Vermont
“ 57th Stockton Art League Juried Exhibition” Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA
“ The 2nd Annual Scottsdale Salon”, The Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
“Cityscape Group Show”, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
“Small Gems 8×8 Show”, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
“Anniversary Show”, Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA

2011 “Holiday Small works Show”, The Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
“Annual Open House 23rd Anniversary”, The Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
“6th Annual Great American Figurative Group Show”, Waterhouse Gallery,
Santa Barbara, CA
“Legacy of the West “, The Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
“21st Annual Small works Group Show”, Howard/Mandville Gallery,
Kirkland, WA
“Anniversary Show”, Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA
“1st Annual Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art”, The Legacy Gallery,
Scottsdale, AZ

2010 “Holiday Small works Show”, The Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
“5th Great American Figurative Group Show”, Waterhouse Gallery,
Santa Barbara, CA
“20th Annual Small works Group Show”, Howard/Mandville Gallery,
Kirkland, WA
“Annual Open House 22nd Anniversary”, The Legacy Gallery,
Scottsdale, AZ
“Anniversary Show”, Howard/Mandville Gallery,Kirkland, WA
“International Portrait Competition”, Portrait Society of America Washington, DC
“The Salon International”, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX

“4th Great American Figurative Group Show”, Waterhouse Gallery,
Santa Barbara, CA
“Small Works Group Show”, Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA
De loach Vineyard Gallery Group Exhibition, 79 gallery, San Francisco, CA
“Introduction Hsin-Yao Tseng” Two Person Show, 625 Sutter Gallery,
San Francisco, CA
Annual Spring Show, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA
“The Salon International”, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX
“Auction”, The Junior League of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Senior Portfolio Exhibition, 688 Sutter Gallery, San Francisco, CA

“Small paintings group show”, 625 Sutter Gallery, San Francisco, CA
“3rd Great American Figurative Group Show”, Waterhouse Gallery,
Santa Barbara, CA
“Landscape Show”, Wendt Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
Annual Spring Show, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA
“Bay Area Influence- The Other Side of California”, Wendt Gallery,
Laguna Beach, CA
“Auction”, The Junior League of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Hall of Justice Exhibit, San Francisco, CA

Big Bang IV Art Show, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA
“Group Show”, Caffe Trieste Coffee Shop, San Francisco, CA
“Annual Summer Salon Show”, Wendt Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
Fine Art Student Show, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA
Annual Spring Show, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA
“Bay Area Influence-The Other Side of California”, Wendt Gallery,
Laguna Beach, CA
“Auction” The Junior League of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
“Studio Landscape Group Show”, Academy of Art University,
San Francisco, CA

2006 Big Bang III Art Show, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA
Annual Spring Show, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA

Publications
2017 Plein Air Magazine, Two Man Show Review at Waterhouse gallery (October)
Southwest Art Magazine, Two Man Show Review at Waterhouse Gallery, P34,35 (October)
Western Art Magazine, InSight Gallery Fall Focus Show, P114,115 (September)
2016 Southwest Art Magazine, Cover and Group show preview (November)
2015 American Art Collector, solo show preview, P152 (October)
Southwest Art Magazine, Solo Show Review, P68 (October)
2014 American Art Collector, issue100, P138, 239 (February)
2013 Southwest Art Magazine, Solo show Review, P36, 37 (October)
2012 American Art Collector, issue85, P154, 155(November)
Southwest Art magazine. “Two Person Show” P30, 31(November)
Southwest Art Magazine, “City Light” P30, 31(October)
The Artist’s Magazine, Cover and “Born to Paint” 8 pages article by Rosemary Barrett (October)
2011 Southwest Art Magazine, “Old and New Worlds” 6pages article by Gussie Fauntleroy (December)
Southwest Art Magazine, “Hsin-Yao Tseng Solo Show” at Waterhouse Gallery (May)
American Art Collector Magazine, (April) issue#66
“6th Great American Figurative Show” Catalog, Waterhouse Gallery,
Santa Barbara, CA
Art Renewal Center 2010/2011 International Salon Catalog

2010 American Art Collector Magazine, (November) issue#61
Art Renewal Center 2009/2010 International Salon Catalog
Southwest Art Magazine, The Figure- the Feminine Form (January)
“5th Great American Figurative Show” Catalog, Waterhouse Gallery,
Santa Barbara, CA

2009 Southwest Art Magazine, 21Under 31 Competition (September)
Art Renewal Center 2008/2009 International Salon Catalog
“4th Great American Figurative Show” Catalog, Waterhouse Gallery,
Santa Barbara, CA
Pastel Journal Magazine, Honorable Mention of 10th Annual Pastel 100
Competition (April)

2008 “3rd Great American Figurative Show” Catalog, Waterhouse Gallery,
Santa Barbara, CA
The Artist’s Magazine, Second Place Winner of 25th annual art competition- Portrait/Figure (December)
International Artist’s Magazine, Third Prize Winner of Competition
Challenge #45 (June/July)
Featured in an article in the “City Star” newspaper June30th
Featured on SF Luxe.com, AAU spring show award winners
Featured on NewsGuides.us, AAU spring show award winners

“Summer Salon” Catalog, Wendt Gallery,
Laguna Beach, CA

Membership

California Art Club
Portrait Society of America

Teaching Experience

2014 Fall to present, part-time instructor, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA
2013 (November to Present) Portfolio Preparation Class instructor at San Jose Art Academy, Santa Clara, CA

Currently Represented by

Insight Gallery, 214 main st. Fredericksburg, TX78624
The Legacy Gallery, 7178 Main St, Scottsdale, AZ85251
Waterhouse Gallery, 1114 State St, Suite9, Santa Barbara, CA93101
Howard/Mandville Gallery, 120 Park Lane, Suite D, Kirkland, WA98033
The Garden Gallery, 530 Main St, Half moon bay, CA94019
Abend Gallery, 2260 E Colfax Ave. Denver, CO80206

Hsin-Yao Tseng, was born in Taipei Taiwan in 1986. Around the age of ten, he started painting in watercolors, as well as other mediums, outside of school. The early exposure instilled in him the foundation needed to excel at very early age.

After graduating from high school in Taiwan, in 2004 summer, Hsin-Yao came to United States. He received B.F.A. of Fine Art Painting from Academy of Art University, San Francisco in 2009. He also received M.F.A of Fine Art Painting from the same school in 2012.

Hsin-Yao, having already developed a signature style, has had his work recognized by the major art magazines of today, as well as by an unprecedented number of highly prestigious galleries. Hsin-Yao’s technique in oil is brilliant and sure; he paints in a Romantic, expressive manner that honors the Western tradition while signaling an edgy, contemporary complexity. Hsin-Yao has a curiosity and energy that propel him toward experimentation and innovation. Accordingly, he works in a range of genres, from lush evocations of San Francisco and other cities, to expressive portraits and finally to lustrous interiors in which multiple figures enact a story. While his technical mastery is superb it is never arid or facile. Hsin-Yao’s prose testifies to the fact that he is ambitious in the best sense; he is eager to push his art beyond what’s immediate and popular toward the timeless and real. His dedication and interest in the arts is apparent from over ten years of hard work and academic studies.

Hsin-Yao has exhibited his artworks in numerous solo and group shows across the United States. He has won many national and international awards. He won the Exceptional Merit Award and Certificate of Excellence in the International Portrait Society of America competitions, and from 2009-2013 has been in the Top 100 Finalists of the International ARC Salon Competition. In the 2012-2013 ARC Salon competition, he received a total of six awards in three different categories of the salon competition, which included one Honorable Mention Award in Landscapes category, three Honorable Mention Awards in Drawing category, one Finalist Award in Animal category and one Finalist Award in Figurative category. He has also placed in the top 50 in the 2009 Salon International at Greenhouse Gallery; earned Second Place in The Artist’s Magazine’s 25th annual contest- Portrait/Figure; and Third Place in the International Artist Magazine (June/July 2008).

Hsin-Yao is representing by Waterhouse Gallery, in Santa Barbara and The Legacy Gallery, in Scottsdale, Insight Gallery in Fredericksburg, The Garden Gallery in Half Moon Bay, Christian Daniels Gallery in San Francisco, CA and the Howard/Mandvile Gallery in Kirkland.

His dedication and passion for painting has never been stronger as he continues to paint and think outside the boundaries.

https://www.artrenewal.org/artists/hsin-yao-tseng/7523

Hsin-Yao received his Bachelor of Fine Art degree in painting from Academy of Art University, San Francisco, in 2009 and his Master of Fine Art degree from the same university in 2012. He works in a range of genres: from lush evocations of San Francisco and other cities to expressive portraits and finally to lustrous interiors in which multiple figures enact a story. He usually uses the visual richness and the muted tones of color, and expressive brush-strokes to indicate his subjects. His dedication and interest in the arts is apparent from over ten years of hard work and academic studies.

His many awards include Exceptional Merit Award at the 2012 International Portrait competition at Portrait Society of America, second place in the portrait/figure category of The Artist’s Magazine’s 2008 Annual Competition, a Certificate of Excellence in the 2010 Portrait Society of America International Portrait Competition, and finalist in the Art Renewal Center Salon for 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011 and 2011-2012.

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Hsin-Yao Tseng Website

60 Minutes Portrait Demo by Hsin-Yao Tseng

This is a time lapse quick study demo made by Hsin-Yao Tseng FineArt Studio. Overall painting was finished in about an hour. One of many ways to approach oil painting. Enjoy everyone!Model: Julian PurvisCinematographer: Chloe Kao, Chen ChenEditor: Hsin-Yao TsengSpecial Thanks: Vincent Hsieh, Lydia KurniawanMusic: "Final Hour" by X-Ray DogYouTube Links: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkEI5WN1-v0&feature=c4-overview&list=UUGSCFcALVYk65yfwxkhkVTw

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Working Thin to Thick: An Art Lesson From Hsin-Yao Tseng

With a thin-and-thick painting approach that emphasizes lost-and-found edges, Hsin-Yao Tseng unveils the beauty of everyday scenes. Here, he shares a step-by-step art lesson of an oil painting that was created thin-to-thick. Read the entire feature article on Tseng and his techniques in The Artist’s Magazine (October 2012).

Working Thin to Thick

by Hsin-Yao Tseng

At the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., I noticed a young boy and a teenage girl sitting next to each other. They were obviously bored, despite being surrounded by Rembrandt’s paintings—restless kids waiting for their parents to finish viewing the art. I took many photos and then, back at the studio, began a series of pencil sketches consisting of simple abstract shapes executed as two-value studies. I looked for big shapes, rhythmic movement and good composition. This demonstration shows only one of many ways to approach a painting. To me, there are no limits to the possibilities.

1. Toning: I toned a stretched, oil-primed Raphael linen surface with a thinned mixture of ultramarine deep, cadmium red and burnt umber. After the surface dried, I began sketching the general placement of the figures and the environment. For this underdrawing I used a No. 2 Royal & Langnickel sable flat brush loaded with a mixture of diluted yellow ochre, transparent iron oxide red and burnt umber.

2. Underpainting: I decided to execute this painting using a thin-to-thick approach, so I kept in mind what areas of the underpainting would remain visible after the picture was complete. During this stage I created a simple light-and-shadow pattern with a basic drawing. Making careful measurements, I continued establishing spatial relationships among the two figures, environmental elements and negative spaces. I loosely blocked in the shadow areas and unified the shadows by using the same color I’d used for the drawing.

3. Proportion, Edges, Value and Temperature: Next, I began applying paint over my underdrawing, starting with the girl’s face and working downward. I made decisions regarding design, value, proportion and edge quality based on my artistic intuition. I noticed that both the figures’ heads were slightly too big in my underdrawing, so I used the surrounding elements to adjust the proportions. The change is most noticeable when you compare the image in step 2 with the image in step 4. Moving forward, I continued working the form and anatomy of the figures while focusing on the soft-hard, lost-and-found qualities of the edges. I kept in mind that, because the light (coming from the ceiling window) was cool, I would make the shadows warm. Also, I kept my shadows transparent to emphasize the thin-to-thick approach.

4. Background and Focal Point Balance: I continued developing the figure of the boy, concentrating on fold variations in his shirt and pants while looking for opportunities to simplify. Next, I blocked in the couch and the background. Slowly, I refined the interior decoration, including the frames on the wall. I paid close attention to the value relationships between the background elements and the figures in the foreground so that the secondary details wouldn’t compete with the focal point of the boy and girl. I decided to soften the highlights on the gold frames and darken the left corner to emphasize the light shining down on the figures.

5. Edge Adjustments, Highlights and Accents: In the final stages, I went back to the focal point, the children’s heads, and worked on improving the likenesses. I stood back to look at my painting from a distance. From this vantage point, I could determine where my sharpest edges would be as well as which edges I could soften most. I also decided where I would place my brightest highlights and darkest accents. Usually, sharp edges and highlights are key to moving the viewer’s eyes around the surface of a picture. The sharpest edges on this piece are at the joints—knees, elbows and shoulders—and at some of the cast shadows on the faces. Because the main light source is from the ceiling, the brightest highlights are located on the top planes of the subjects, such as the knees and shoulders. These edges and highlights were some of the last details I addressed on Waiting to Leave (oil, 22×28).

Born in Taipei, Taiwan, in 1986, Hsin-Yao Tseng, received his bachelor of fine art degree in painting from Academy of Art University, San Francisco, in 2009 and his master of fine art degree from the same university in 2012. His many awards include a Certificate of Exceptional Merit in the 2012 Portrait Society of America International Portrait Competition and a Certificate of Excellence in the same competition in 2010; finalist in the Art Renewal Center Salon for 2008–2009, 2009–2010 and 2010–2011; and second place in the portrait/figure category of The Artist’s Magazine’s 2008 Annual Competition. He’s represented by the Legacy Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona; Waterhouse Gallery in Santa Barbara, California; the Garden Gallery in Half Moon Bay, California; and Howard/Mandeville Gallery in Kirkland, Washington. Visit his website at www.hsinyaotseng.comRead the feature article on Tseng and his techniques in The Artist’s Magazine (October 2012).

New subjects from his hometown of Taipei, Taiwan, abound in Hsin-Yao Tseng’s current solo exhibition at InSight Gallery. Where has the burgeoning star taken his signature style this time?

Twenty-seven new outstanding paintings by Hsin-Yao Tseng feature during a Fall Focus show at InSight Gallery in Fredericksburg, Texas. Opened on September 1, the show includes about 16 miniature sunsets as well.

“Hsin-Yao’s technique in oil is brilliant and sure; he paints in a romantic, expressive manner that honors the Western tradition while signaling an edgy, contemporary complexity,” states the artist’s bio. “Hsin-Yao has a curiosity and energy that propel him toward experimentation and innovation; accordingly, he works in a range of genres: from lush evocations of San Francisco and other cities to expressive portraits and finally to lustrous interiors and exteriors in which multiple figures enact a story. While his technical mastery is superb, it is never arid or facile. Hsin-Yao’s prose testifies to the fact that he is ambitious in the best sense; he is eager to push his art beyond what’s immediate and popular toward the timeless and real. His dedication and interest in the arts is apparent from over ten years of hard work and academic studies.”

Learn more by visiting InSight Gallery.

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