by Fred Chuang

11" x 14"

On my 50th birthday, my friend, Andy Kopra, gave me a great present.  It was an art book, ASIAN TRADITIONS/MODERN EXPRESSIONS, Asian American Artists and Abstraction 1945-1970, edited by Jeffrey Wechsler.  The pages of this volume were real eye-openers...in so many ways.  This painting was the first time that I consciously tried to create a fusion between my heritage and my art.
My technique requires that I paint the entire surface black...then using a large brush loaded with solvent, I created a calligraphic "window," which I subsequently filled with color.