Artist: Ou Mie Shu or Mie-Shu Ou (Chinese/American, 1928-1999)
Title: "Strawman, Strawman I Am No-Man"
Medium: Ink Drawing
Dimensions: 12 x 13.5 inches; 20.5 x 22 framed some nicks, non-glare glass; custom framed Clovis, NM; minor toning mat edge
Description: Illustrated poem May 1971
Signature: Signed Mie Shu left
Provenance: To Lt Col and Mrs, Wood
Condition: Very good
Frame Type: Silver & wood
Ou Mie Shu (Chinese-Amer 1928-1999)
A native of Shanghai, China, Mle Shu became a citizen of the United States, and was a resident of Albuquerque for several years. Artist, poet, lecturer, combining various elements of each in his paintings, Mie Shu said, "A painting should not be based on delicacy and sensitivity alone, nor on strength and grandeur, but a true work of art contains the best qualities of man and woman, which are not contradictory but are complimentary." At his studio, 3209 Burton SE, Mie Shu was surrounded by his beautiful paintings, exciting landscapes, portraits and sketches of people and whimsical animals. Many of MIE SHU'S paintings and sketches are accompanied by snatches of his poetry, expressing his innermost thought. Others are timely quotes from his favorite philosophers, such as "Snow is for you to see, and not to hold." Some of his deepest thoughts were reflected in a column Mie-Shu wrote for Rambler Magazine, in Taiwan. Written in Chinese, he translated passages from "Random Talk" concerning the role of the artist in contemporary society. "It is difficult to talk about art," he said. "Unfortunately when life comes, it is overshadowed by reality, so that perspectives -.change, goals take form in varying places. Through life's journey I have met many people, and if one's own sensations could be truly expressed, there'd be more love than hate." Delicately Perceptive in his thoughts and their translation in his exquisite paintings, the artist quoted from a favorite philosopher who said "To live as brightly as the morning sun, and to die peacefully as the autumn leaf." Ou Mie Shu received his bachelor of law degree from Taiwan University before coming to the United States, and a master of fine arts degree from Notre Dame University, Indiana where he also began his teaching experience. Later Mie Shu was artist-in-residence at Nazareth College, Rochester, N.V. The artist was assistant professor of Oriental art history, Hobart College, Geneva, N.Y., and was instructor in Oriental brush painting at Rochester University. Since 1967 Mie Shu has taught watercolor, oil painting and drawing at the University of Albuquerque; and Oriental brush painting in the Community College, University of New Mexico. Mie Shu's work has been exhibited in over 30 one-man shows, In galleries and museums in this country and in Taiwan. His paintings are also in numerous important private collections and institutions. He has lectured extensively, and has appeared locally as a guest artist on KNME's "Creative Process" program.
Mr Shue passed away in 1999.
Courtesy Albequerque Journal