SZETO Keung and Friends Under His Wings: SZETO Keung, CHEN Ching-Yao, CHIU Chao-Tsai, HUANG Hai-Hsin, HUANG Yen Ying, SU Hui-Yu, Liang-Pin TSAO, YAO Jui-Chung

Oct 1 - 29, 2022


    Born in Guangdong in 1948, SZETO Keung went to the United States after graduating from the Department of Fine Arts at National Taiwan Normal University in 1973. He received his MFA from the Pratt Institute in 1979 and passed away in New York in 2011. SZETO originally studied China’s Lingnan School ink painting, but during his studies in the US when photorealism was all the rage, he broke through the creative bottleneck of his time with super-realistic techniques and the concept of pop art. His pursuit for realism went beyond “likeness in form” and into the realm of “likeness in quality”.

  • 司徒強 SZETO Keung
    追憶 3 Remembrances 3, 2007
    壓克力顏料、複合媒材/麻布 Acrylic, mixed media on linen
    49 x 72 7/8 in
    124.5 x 185.2 cm
  • 司徒強 SZETO Keung
    憂鬱 無題-3 Melancholy Untitled-3, 1999-2000
    壓克力顏料、蕾絲、塑膠花/麻布 Acrylic, lace and plastic flower on linen
    48 7/8 x 72 1/2 in
    124 x 184 cm
  • 司徒強 SZETO Keung
    憂鬱 無題-4 Melancholy Untitled-4, 1999-2000
    壓克力顏料、蕾絲、塑膠花、花布/麻布 Acrylic, lace, plastic flower and fabric on linen
    48 3/8 x 73 in
    123 x 185.5 cm


    With that as the foundation, SZETO Keung let his creativity burst in the 1980s, using brushes and airbrushes to paint, as well as bringing everyday objects like shriveled leaves, feathers, light bulbs, and envelopes into his images. In particular, roses that frequently found their way into his creations became a representative motif of his. In later paintings, the Milky Way, nebulas, and light were common themes. Through the fusion and refinement of artistic techniques and aesthetic thinking from both the East and the West, he was able to convey a profound artistic mood reminiscent of classical literature.



  • 司徒強 SZETO Keung 水中之像 An Image in the Water, 2006-2007 壓克力顏料、複合媒材/麻布 Acrylic, mixed media on linen 72 1/4 x 48...
    司徒強 SZETO Keung
    水中之像 An Image in the Water2006-2007
    壓克力顏料、複合媒材/麻布 Acrylic, mixed media on linen
    72 1/4 x 48 1/2 in
    183.5 x 123.2 cm
  • You are bound to get hurt, but you will also discover new life in the process of recovery. Look at the most subtle parts of things, and there, you'll find some inspiration for life.      __SZETO Keung

  • Installation View


    CHEN Ching-Yao, CHIU Chao-Tsai, HUANG Hai-Hsin, HUANG Yen Ying, SU Hui-Yu, Liang-Pin TSAO, and YAO Jui-Chung

    Seven Taiwanese artists are featured alongside the late artist in this exhibition. Some were under his tutelage when SZETO was an artist-in-residence at the Taipei National University of the Arts, while some met this textbook-worthy artist during their artist residency in the Big Apple. They never got the chance to stage an exhibition with SZETO, making this opportunity all the more meaningful. Through artworks, they express their gratitude as they cherish their memories with SZETO. HUANG Yen Ying’s After the END depicts a long-awaited still life using leftover oil paint. HUANG Hai-Hsin’s One of Those New York Nights shows a group of people gathering in SZETO’s studio and having a blast. YAO Jui-Chung’s Hedonist: The Immortal of SZETO Keung tell how much they are missing SZETO.




    SU Hui-Yu’s Stilnox Home Video: The Midnight Hours alludes to the intimate memory of how the two of them were suffering form insomnia. In addition, works are created to document their memories of SZETO. Liang-Pin TSAO’s A Recollection of Szeto Keung is a collage of photographs of SZETO’s works combined with photographic prints and his image creation. CHIU Chao-Tsai’s Clockwork Pattern—Up and Down is a metaphor for SZETO pure creations and his life like clockwork. The shot in CHEN Ching-Yao’s Papatzul, Soho (“I ♥ NY” Series) was taken at a restaurant right next to SZETO’s studio. 



  • 蘇匯宇 SU Hui-Yu
    使蒂諾斯家庭實境秀:午夜時段 Stilnox Home Video: The Midnight Hours , 2010
    單頻道錄像 Single-channel video
    尺寸依現場而定;彩色無聲20分09秒循環播放, Dimension variable; color without sound, 20'09'' loop, 6 Ed. + 1 A.P.
    NT$ 420,000


    SZETO Keung’s studio in Soho was a must-go spot for Taiwanese artists visiting New York City. SZETO was always welcoming, taking them out for meals, hanging out, visiting exhibitions and galleries. He also offered help whenever he could and guided younger artists, many of whom had developed a life-long age-transcendent friendship with him. The Chinese title of the exhibition is derived from SZETO Keung’s signature Cantonese accent. Causailou (湊細路) means taking care of younglings; loujaugei (老友記) refers to a group of good friends hanging out together. To these younger generation artists, SZETO Keung was like an older brother/mentor who gave them guidance like a beacon in their life in a foreign land and also in their creations.


    Through these works, the artists recreate the SZETO Keung they hold dear and pay tribute to this wonderful “older brother” who lives on in their hearts.




    SZETO Keung and Friends Under His Wings

    ‧Artists: SZETO Keung, CHEN Ching-Yao, CHIU Chao-Tsai, HUANG Hai-Hsin, HUANG Yen Ying, SU Hui-Yu, Liang-Pin TSAO, YAO Jui-Chung

    ‧Opening: October 1 (Sat.)丨3-5pm

    ‧Date: October 1 - October 29, 2022

    ‧Address: ESLITE GALLERYB1, No. 88, Yanchang Rd., Xinyi Dist., Taipei City 110055, Taiwan (eslite spectrum Songyan Store)

    ‧Opening Hours: 11am-7pm, Tuesday – Saturday (closed on Sunday and Monday)