Chen Chi-kwan Art Silk Scarves

Artwork by Chen Chi-kwan transformed into wearable scarves.

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Time Goes By

210x47cm 100% Silk NT

All the lotus leaves in this painting have holes penetrated by light, suggesting the passage of time. This masterpiece on the subject of life represenits the aspects of birth, aging, and decay, with Chen Chi-kwan using beautiful lotus leaves as symbols of this process. In a glimmer of time, all the splendor of things must pass. Human life is the same, thus sounding the melancholic tone for this painting.


210x47cm 100% Silk NT

The gyrating perspective of this painting depicts landscape scenery of the Earth’s surface. This experience came from Chen Chi-kwan’s travels to India in 1944, as the plane he took encountered turbulence and was forced into a spin. The people on board started spinning along with the plane as they looked down at the land below. The special composition of this painting thus expresses a different perspective, namely that all forms of change are possible.


210x47cm 100% Silk NT

This is a painting of the sun rising, with clouds and mists pervading the landscape to form a layer of warm hues. This work uses a slanted view looking down to render the mountain layers. Horizontal bands of clouds and mist form a sense of separation in the space, the foreground tree branches here used to enhance the distinction between near and far.

Peaceful Coexistence

90x90cm 100% Silk NT

The meaning behind this work is exactly as indicated by the title--“Peaceful Coexistence.” Here in the landscape such animals as deer, gibbons, and birds all are shown in harmonious coexistence. Of course, Chen Chi-kwan also hoped that all people could realize such a dream one day. The white portions of the work represent the waterfall and surface of the water. This is not an actual landscape, but instead an idyllic scene from the imagination of the artist.

Lotus Breeze

90x90cm 100% Silk NT

In this work based on memory, Chen Chi-kwan depicts his childhood impression from the shore of Lake Xuanwu in Nanjing, where people are seen boating through the leaves, stems, and blossom of lotuses. The contrast in size between the lotuses in the foreground and the boats in the distance reveals Chen’s interpretation of distance in space. This form of depiction is quite rare in Chinese landscape painting.


90x90cm 100% Silk NT

This is a composition looking straight up at the sky from the ground, creating an effect similar to viewing a skyscraper from its base. Appearing in the sky are both the sun and moon, while in front are tree branches. All were rendered to emphasize a sense of depth and distance. When this painting was displayed in Beijing, one character in its Chinese title was changed so that it read “Wuyang” (“Noon”) to avoid any misunderstanding. The original title was “Ziyang” (“Violet Sun”), the same as the personal name of ex- Premier Zhao Ziyang.