Lot 89 - Una Ursprung - Hydrangeas
Lot 89 - Una Ursprung - Hydrangeas

Lot 89 - Una Ursprung - Hydrangeas

Watercolour and Acrylic Spray on Paper

Una Ursprung’s work is filled with mountains, forests, trees, and flowers. Born in Taipei, the artist has spent much of her life between Taiwan, France, and Switzerland, constantly refreshing her appreciation for sprawling natural landscapes. In these countries, Ursprung enjoyed pastoral, tranquil lifestyles which have inspired her sublime, airy works.  

Her canvases are dual-layered: a highly realistic natural background is superimposed by a layer of abstract detail, created using oils or acrylic spray paint. Sometimes these abstract details look like pastel oil spills; large, colourful shapes pooling on the surface. At other times, the marks made by the artist are shorter, finer lines, more like microscopic images of bacteria. The artist refers to this layer as a way to capture pollution, whether it be the man-made variety or the fleeting objects in the air, like dust, insects, or leaves, as in her forest sketches. These shapes are trapped in suspension, freezing the moment in front of us and immortalising the ever-chang-ing natural landscape.  

The spray-painted layer adds to the atmosphere of her landscapes, making them seem deeper and more real, while paradoxically appearing to be flat. The spray
is applied with a loose control, matching the artist’s mission to depict, rather than conquer, the landscapes she shows. While Ursprung captures a moment in nature, the contrast of her two layers (one conventional and naturalistic, one wild and abstract) reminds us
that the natural world remains elusive. Unlike traditional landscape painters of the past, Ursprung does not pretend to have mastered her scenes, rather she shows them as ever-changing, unconquerable scenes deserving of our awe.  
These paintings are conceptually more complex than
 a quick once-over viewing would suggest: they’re not landscapes interrupted by separate, abstract motifs, they’re a completed whole, made up by a balance of the two styles.  

Ursprung has found a way to harmonise the two artistic approaches that appeal to her most and, by combining the abstract with the realistic, challenges us with a version of nature that is both tangible and splendid.  
Words by Verity Babbs.  



2011 MFA, Ecole Européenne Supérieure d’Art de Bretagne, Quimper, France 
(Graduated with a DNSEP with honors from the EESAB in Quimper) 



02/09~01/10/2017 “Accomplishing a Forest”, Liang Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan 
05/09~30/09/2014 “Journeys to Recover Your Future”, Liang Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan 
27/12/2011~15/01/2012 “La flâneuse du Finistère”, Piaopiao Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan 
2020 “Trio show ”, Galerie Tracanelli, Grenoble, France 
“Home Game”, online exhibition, Saint Maison Gallery, Tokyo, Japon 
“Aurelia Arts Festival” online exhibition, Aurelia Arts Fest, London, UK 
“Wild”, Salle Dutrievoz, Bastille, Grenoble, France 
“Holiday”, online exhibition, A Way gallery, British columbia, Canada 
“Duo show ”, Galerie Tracanelli, Grenoble, France 
“Greetings from Miami”, Hashimoto contemporary, New York, USA 
“Becoming Habits:Chapter one”, Studi0, St Moritz, Switzerland 
2019 “Where we once were someone”, online exhibition,Yngspc, London, UK 
2018 “Spring collective exhibition”, Liang Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan 
2017 “Art Düsseldorf 2017”, Areal Böhler, Düsseldorf, Germany 

“ArtFormosa 2017”, Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, Eslite Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan 
2016 “Art16 London”, Olympia Grand, London, UK 

“A Place of One’s Own”, Juming Museum, New Taipei City, Taiwan 
2015 “Art Kaohsiung 2015”, The Pier-2 Art Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan 

“Art Taipei 2015”, Taipei World Trade Center, Taipei, Taiwan 

“Art in the Library II – Summer Festival Exhibition”, Liang Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan 
“Art Tainan 2015”, Tayih Landis Hotel, Tainan, Taiwan 

“Freshness of March”, Liang Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan 
2014 “Art Kaohsiung 2014”, Chateau de Chine, The Pier-2 Art Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan 

“Walking by Taiwanese Art: 1927-2014”, Liang Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan 

“Art Taichung 2014”, Millennium Hotels, Taichung, Taiwan 

“Wondrous Artistry & Diamond Mastery”, De Beers Diamond and Artistry Exhibition, Taipei, Taiwan 
“Young Art Taipei 2014”, Regent, Taipei, Taiwan 
“Kiss Kiss My Baby”, Liang Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan 
“The Decay of the Angel”, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan 
2013 “Art Taipei 2013”, Taipei World Trade Center, Taipei, Taiwan 

“The Following Shadow”, Liang Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan 

“Spring Exhibition Starry Night Sky”, Liang Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan 

“Art Kaohsiung 2013”, Chateau de Chine, The Pier-2 Art Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan 
2012 “Art Taipei 2012”, Taipei World Trade Center, Taipei, Taiwan 
“Young Art Taipei 2012”, Sheraton Grande Taipei Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan 

“The Delightful Color of Spring”, Liang Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan 
“The 57th Le Salon de Montrouge”, Paris, France 
“A Paris Apparus”, Galerie Les Petits Carreaux, Paris, France 
2011 “Nucleus”, Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick, Ireland 
“Contemporary Classics: A Joint Exhibition of Ten Young Artists”, A Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan 
“Les paysages en été”, Piaopiao Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan 
“Miscellaneous”, EESAB, Quimper, France 
2010 “Une autre situation”, EESAB, Quimper, France 
“AD HOC”, Church of Kerfeunteun, Quimper, France 


2012 “The 57th Le Salon de Montrouge”, Selected, Paris, France