Hung, Tung (1920–1987) By McIntyre, Sophie
Hung Tung (Hong Tong) was a self-taught artist from Taiwan who rose to prominence during the 1970s. His naïve, intricate, and vibrant paintings are rich in symbolism and were inspired by Taiwanese folklore traditions and Taoist philosophy. Hung’s work is believed to convey a strong sense of Taiwanese consciousness, and it is often associated with the 1970s ‘Native Soil’ (Hsiang-tu/ Xiangtu 鄉土) Movement. Rejecting the orthodoxy of Chinese ink painting, Hung developed his own unique pictorial language and his work has played an important role in the history of Taiwan art. Born in Tainan County in southern Taiwan, Hung was an illiterate farmer.