Liaung-Chung Yen was born and raised in Taiwan and his jewelry and artistic aesthetic is influenced by both Chinese culture and art. By using metaphor in his design, he thinks of his jewelry as small expressions of art, desire, wit or sensuality, documenting the time and the emotion in which he lives.
Yen’s work is also an exploration of sculpture form in jewelry by using geometric shapes and architectural structures. By arranging the similar forms in repetition, he tries to create the sense of rhythm in space. The wire forms and structures are hand fabricated and require countless solder points, creating strength, durability as well as the sense of delicacy in his jewelry. The inspiration comes from the structure of nature, plants, rocks and minerals, landscape, and architecture. The materials that he used are mostly 18k gold, sterling silver and precious stones. The techniques include fabrication, forming, fusing, soldering and stone setting.
Yen received his Master of Fine Art at Savannah College of Art and Design. Prior to this he studied at the National Taiwan Academy of Art and the Taiwan Provincial Handicraft Research Institute. He received the 2013 NICHE Award in Gold with stone category, MJSA Vision award in 2012 and 2007, fellowship from New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) in 2005, He features in the Metalsmith magazine Exhibition in Print 2007, 500 series by lark books, Art Jewelry Today 2, Adorn: New Jewelry. He has participated in a number of exhibitions, including The International Expositions of Sculpture Objects and Functional Art (SOFA), Metal Inclinations 2, “Touching warms the Art” in Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon, Cheongju International Craft Biennale in Korea, “Recycle Design Prize” in Germany and “Lagd i verden(Made in the world)” for the National Museum of Art, Design and Architecture in Norway.
Awards and Recognition
NICHE Awards, Jewelry, Gold
NICHE Awards, Jewelry, Gold with Stone
“2nd place, Gold Distinction”, MJSA Vision Award
“NICHE Award finalist”, Jewelry Gold and Silver with Stones
“Finalist, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship”, Craft/Sculpture
“NICHE Award Finalist”, Recycle
“Second Place, Natural Color Diamond Distinction” in “Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America (MJSA) Vision Award Design Competition”
“NICHE Award Finalist”, Jewelry Gold
“Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts”
“Good Design Award”, “1995 Furniture Design Selection and Competition”, Taiwan
“Excellent Design Award”, “1995 Contest of New Design and Development of Jewelry and Accessories in Taiwan”, Taiwan
National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Olso, Norway
Museum of Contemporary Craft Teaching Collection, Portland, OR, USA
New Necklaces(2016), Showcase 500 Art Necklace(2013), New Earrings(2013), Showcase 500 Rings(2012), 21st Century Jewelry: The Best of 500 Series(2011), Chains Chains Chains(2011), New Rings(2011), 500 Gemstone Jewels: A Sparkling Collection of Dazzling Designs(2010), 500 Plastic Jewelry Designs(2009), Adorn: New Jewelry(2008), 500 Wedding Rings: Celebrating a Classic Symbol of Commitment(2008), Art Jewelry Today 2(2008), 500 Earrings: New Directions in Contemporary Jewelry(2007), The Best of America – Jewelry Artists & Artisans, Volume 1(2007), Metalsmith Exhibition in print 2007, 500 Brooches: Inspiring Adornments for the Body(2005), 1000 Rings: Inspiring Adornments for the Hand(2004), Art Jewelry Today(2003).