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Artist Spotlight: Julian Hsiung

Artist Spotlight: Julian Hsiung

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Hsiung's take on the beautiful men he sees in Western culture has a ripe, about-to-burst quality.

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Beijing native Julian Hsiung was raised in Taiwan and was not exposed to Western culture until he was much older. In the mid-1960s, he discovered Western magazines and books which deeply affected his visual tastes. Through those magazines and books, he became enamored by fashion and contemporary art.

Eventually, he moved to New York, and immersed himself in the culture. From the late 1970s until May 2008, Hsiung worked in the fashion industry. After dabbling in painting in 1979 and 1980, he officially set up an artist's studio in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn in 2007.

"As a painter, I adhere to a modern traditionalist framework, meaning that I work with traditional painting methods, but very much with an individual point of view," says Hsiung. "My paintings focus upon the representation of young people, engendering idealized beauty, sensuality, and sense of ambiguity. My methodology and creative intent, purposefully reaches beyond the boundaries of tradition, in order to connect with a contemporary audience."

See more of his art work on his julianhsiung.com, and follow him on Facebook.

Julian-hsiung-01_0Fetish (2014)

Julian-hsiung-02_04 AM (2014)

Julian-hsiung-03_0Lily Holder (2011)

Julian-hsiung-04_0Adam (2014)

Julian-hsiung-05_0All By Myself (2014)

Julian-hsiung-06_0Angel (2014)

Julian-hsiung-07_0N#2 Gang of Men Series (2015)

Julian-hsiung-08_0N#2 Gang of Men Series (2015)

Julian-hsiung-09_0No Boundaries (2014)

Julian-hsiung-10_0Blue Eyes (2010)

Julian-hsiung-11_0Brutus (2014)

Julian-hsiung-12_0David (2014)

Julian-hsiung-13_0Contemporary Men Drawing #4 (2010)

Julian-hsiung-14_0CM Marco (2009)

Julian-hsiung-15_0Lost in the Wild (2013)

Julian-hsiung-16_0In a Blue T (2011)

Julian-hsiung-17_0Daisy Holder (2012)

Julian-hsiung-18_0Man in Green Sweater (2010)

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Christopher Harrity is the Manager of Online Production for Here Media, parent company to The Advocate and Out. He enjoys assembling online features on artists and photographers, and you can often find him poring over the mouldering archives of the magazines.
Christopher Harrity is the Manager of Online Production for Here Media, parent company to The Advocate and Out. He enjoys assembling online features on artists and photographers, and you can often find him poring over the mouldering archives of the magazines.