Hsu Wen-Jung is a resident artist of the Buddha Museum and a prolific artist who never stop from producing a continuous stream of creative and self-surpassing artworks.
I can still remember that in 2016, Mr. Shi Zhenrong, Founder of Acer Group and the chairman of Zhirong Foundation, called for the “Ten Outstanding Young Persons, the Glory of Taiwan – Touring Exhibition of Award Winners of Art” held at the Buddha Museum. At that time, Hsu was the exhibition curator, and presented a sculpture to Fo Guang Shan. The sculpture, titled “Heart is the rule,” shows the Heart Sutra in cursive script and left a deep impression on me.
In September 2017, Hsu was invited to curate the When Nature Plucks the Heartstrings --Wen-jung Hsu Solo Exhibition at the Buddhist Museum. Using calligraphy, he brought together Chinese characters, landscapes and figures to create a new work of Asian art. The works, sometimes abstract, and sometimes figurative, open the horizon of the viewer. Being an artist of originality, he has become a nourishing nutrient for his life through his arduous growth process. He has shown his talents in his calligraphy, paintings and sculptures, and even in composite media.
A few years ago, he painted 302 Taiwan Folkways. During his residency at the Buddha Museum from 2018 to 2019, he made a breakthrough by creating the massive calligraphy artwork comprising of the Heart Sutra, Diamond Sutra and Platform Sutra in cursive script, and measures a height of 1.6 meters and a length of 1 kilometer. He also created a three-dimensional stainless steel sculpture with the signature of Venerable Master. This artwork portrays the relentless effort of Venerable Master Hsing Yun in his Dharma propagation through this unique work that combines sculptural art and Chinese calligraphy.
“After A Thousand Miles - Hsu Wen-Jung World Exhibition Tour” held in May this year was the fruit of his one- year residency at the Buddha Museum. Despite the twists and turns of life, Hsu remained a child at heart. From his work we can see the artistic conception of Chinese poets conjoined with the beauty of cursive script. A Thousand Miles begins at the Buddha Museum. A Thousand Miles symbolizes Venerable Master Hsing Yun’s spirit of Dharma propagation through his One-Stroke Calligraphy. Journeying through the world, the exhibition will be put on display in 10 Fo Guang Yuan Art Galleries in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mainland China, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, New Zealand, Australia, and France.
This exhibition tour will inspire more visitors in the creations during his residency at the Museum.