With the affection and memories of the hometown, Tseng Wenchung describes the Hakka culture, humanity and land in Meinong in his works. He takes the natural landscape, cultural features and historical sites as the topics to create a series of large-scale oil paintings depicting the sceneries in Meinong.
He participated in Meinung People’s Association to preserve the local and Hakka cultural, and historical sites. He also joined the anti-dam movement to save nature environment in Meinong. Taking art education as his vocation, he ran the community arts education program, founded the Meinong Painting Association and community art center, did the free art-teaching in the community, and supported the drawing competition with scholarship. He also donated hundreds of large-scale oil paintings and watercolor paintings to schools and institutes to promote the concept of the mobile museum and the school museum. Educating art talents and passing down Meinong culture, he, with no doubt, is one of the most important driving forces on Taiwan
Hakka culture and arts.
The works present Meinong old streets, Meinong river, and Meinong rural stories to preserve the Meinong folk culture and history at different times. The rustic colors, including the glossy green of Meinong rural, the azure of Hakka blue shirts, and the reddish brown of the Hakka brick house, depicted by the artist,shows the spirits and traditions of the Meinong and Hakka culture. The exhibition shows 47 pieces of oil paintings and watercolor paintings, taking the audience with the artist to explore the memories of Meinong tobacco barns, words respect pavilions, to experience farmer’s lives beside the river and bamboos, and to taste the radish and wild lotus. The color and sceneries would express the complex, numerous local imageries of the hometown Meinong.