Date
18 October 2017
Seaside promenaders in New Taipei City's Tamsui District are treated to a unique performance by this man whose painting style is both playful and deliberate. Photo: Facebook
Seaside promenaders in New Taipei City's Tamsui District are treated to a unique performance by this man whose painting style is both playful and deliberate. Photo: Facebook

This painter will turn your world upside down

Residents and tourists promenading by the seaside in Tamsui District, in northern Taiwan’s New Taipei City, at first cannot make out what this man is doing.

Working fervidly with the flair of a showman, he dabs and splashes white paint on a frame of black canvas in a style reminiscent of Jackson Pollock’s action painting. Tossing the paint brush in the air and catching it, he then sets it aside and uses his bare hands instead to apply the paint.

Is he an abstract expressionist? A performance artist? Or someone who’s just escaped from the loony bin?

But despite his seemingly playful attitude, the man appears to be following a pattern in his head and using deliberate, purposeful strokes to put the idea on canvas. And when he feels the work is complete, he grabs the canvas, turns it upside down, and bows to the applause of the audience.

His two-minute artwork: a portrait of kung fu legend Bruce Lee.

A short video capturing the artist’s performance has been shared more than 410,000 times since it was posted on Facebook on Aug. 10.

Some netizens said they had seen the same artist paint Napoleon Bonaparte in the same manner.

Check out the video:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=4369295407428

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He bows to the audience to reveal the result of his fervid performance: a portrait of Bruce Lee. Photo: Facebook


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