Island Is Land of Dream

Lin Pang-soong
September 7 – October 31, 2019
Pingtung Art Museum
October 10 – 20, 2019
Setouchi-city Art Museum

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Island Is Land of Dreams commemorates Lin Pang-soong’s departure from his hometown of Tungkang, Pingtung as a youth and celebrates his return in old age. The exhibition begins in 1975 in Lin’s student days away from home in Taipei at National Taiwan Normal University, and spans over forty years to his current works from all over the world, all of which is brought back for the retrospective at the Pingtung Art Museum, as well as the touring exhibition to Setouchi-city Art Museum in Japan.

The exhibition also features a on-going performance piece, in which Lin Pang-soong sends hand-painted Homebound Letters, from his travels back to his home in Taiwan. Lin has accumulated thousands of letters from dozens of countries for over ten years, and will continue this performance for as long as he can.

Pingtung Art Museum
74 Zhongzheng Road, Pingtung

September 7 – October 31, 2019
Reception: Tuesday, September 10, 11:00 am
Artist Tour: Tuesday, September 10, 3:00 pm
Hoirs: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm


Setouchi-city Art Museum
4911 Ushimadocho Ushimado, Setouchi

October 10 -20, 2019
Reception: Thursday, October 10, 3:00 pm
Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm


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Walking My Own Path

Lin Pang-soong
July 4 – 31, 2017
Huashan 1914 Creative Park, Taipei




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In 2007 Lin (Apex) Pang-soong was awarded the National Award of Arts in the Fine Arts category, as the youngest recipient of the Fine Arts category as well as the first designer to in the award’s history. In his early years, Lin’s choice of vocation in design was a different path, and he recalls, “it was not an easy path, but it allowed me to see a different perspective in life; and because those who went down this path are few, I have the food fortune of being recognized.”

At halfway to a hundred, Lin met a fork in the road and shifted more time and energy towards his painting, which was another different path, and also one of great change. His success in the field of design plays both positive and negative roles on his art; he is driven by his reputation, which can sometimes be a burden. Fortunately, he has the spirit of the sea, in which “the sea encompasses a hundred rivers, it is great because of its capacity,” thereby encouraging him to forge another path.

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Since his youth, Lin Pang-soong firmly walked his own path. From design to painting, he found endless inspiration and the sense of belonging in his native land. Like steady continuous drops of water piercing through stone, Lin’s adherence to his approach to painting, is in itself a form of art.

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Huashan 1914 Creative Park – Hall Center 4, Room A3
1 Bade Road, Taipei

July 4 – 31, 2017
Reception: July 8, 2017, 3:00 pm
Hours: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Acknowledgement: Joseph Lo Art Foundation





Exhibition Catalog

A State of Being

The Art of Lin Pang-soong at 60 Lofty Culture & Art, 2017 © Loftyart Gallery

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Lin Pang-soong
January 14 – March 5, 2017
Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery, Taichung
March 18 – April 23, 2017
Fo Guang Yuan Main Art Gallery, Kaohsiung




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2007 winner of the National Awards of Arts by the National Culture and Arts Foundation, Lin (Apex) Pang-soong was the youngest recipient of the Arts category in the award’s history, at the age of fifty. Over the years, Lin often finds himself repeating the words “dot by dot,” as a way of self-encouragement through his meticulous series such as My Homeland, Island of Dreams, and Homebound Letters working with the image of Taiwan through pointillism. Lin consciously returns to the most foundational element in painting, the dot, and voluntarily invests his time and energy in piecing together the composition one dot at a time. Slowly and steadily like the beating of a drum or chanting of a sutra, Lin’s painting thereby crosses over into a form of meditation, where Lin develops a new and profound understanding of simplicity, such that a simple act, through repetition becomes great; and a great act, through repetition becomes simple.

Since 2007, Lin Pang-soong’s decade-long commitment to pointillism and the image of Taiwan has allowed him to harvest creative nourishment and cultural roots from his native land. So in facing his art, Lin is free and at ease, and through the thousands of intricately placed dots, the viewer captures a glimpse into Lin’s state of being.

Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery, Taichung
65 Huizhong Road, Taichung
January 14 – March 5, 2017
Reception: Saturday, January 14, 2017, 3:00 pm
Hours: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Fo Guang Yuan Main Art Gallery, Kaohsiung
153 Xingtian Street, Kaohsiung
March 18 – April 23, 2017
Reception: Sunday, March 19, 2017, 10:00 am
Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm




Exhibition Catalog

A State of Being

The Art of Lin Pang-soong at 60 Lofty Culture & Art, 2017 © Loftyart Gallery

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Lin Pang-soong April 6 – May 26, 2013 National Museum of History, Taipei

Invaluable Mountains

Lin Pang-soong
April 9 – May 10, 2016




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Mapping each and every image with millions of needle-like dots of ink, Lin (Apex) pang-soong forgoes the conventional use of shades and contours, and reconstructs lines and planes with the accumulation of tiny dots. Playing on the viewer’s natural indication to connect the individual dots into coherent images, Lin substantiates the virtuosity of his art.

Reinventing the visual technique of pointillism with elements of ink and wash, Lin Pang-soong debuts a bold new series, Invaluable Mountains, which contemplates the relation between Taiwan’s “position” and “spirit.” Lin believes, great or small is only a matter of perspective. Although Taiwan occupies a small position on the globe, Taiwan’s international presence stands large and tall. In terms of cultural diversity and innovation, Taiwan possess a great and unyielding spirit.

Constantly traveling the world, promoting Taiwan’s design on the international stage, Lin Pang-soong is a restless pioneer in the world of Taiwan’s design. However, in painting, Lin adheres to the virtues of steadfastness and perseverance. With unadorned shades of black and white, and clusters of tiny dots, Lin sweeps across the paper in a slow rhythmic trance, leaving an articulated field of meticulous ink dots, thus revealing his idealized inner world of Taiwan’s Invaluable Mountains.

April 9 – May 10, 2016
Reception: Saturday, April 9, 2016, 3:00 pm
Hours: Tuesday- Saturday, 2:00 – 6:00 pm




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Lin Pang-soong
April 6 – May 26, 2013
National Museum of History, Taipei




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Lin (Apex) Pang-soong believes one cannot choose one’s physical home, but one can choose one’s spiritual home. The physical home is where one is born, and Lin believes one’s spiritual home is the one that truly nourishes the mind and sound. Luckily for Lin Pang-soong, even though he spends the majority of his time traveling, his physical and spiritual home is the island in which he was born, that is Taiwan.

National Museum of History, National Gallery
49 Nanhai Road, Taipei

April 6 – May 26, 2013
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm




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Island Is Land of Dream

Lin Pang-soong Sept 7 – Oct 31, 2019 Pingtung Art Museum Oct 10 – 20, 2019 Setouchi-city Art Museum

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Lin Pang-soong April 6 – May 26, 2013 National Museum of History, Taipei