Wang Chuan graduated from the Chinese Painting Department of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 1982. He lives and works in Beijing.Read More
He began the early years of his career as a successful realist painter. In 1984 he moved to Shenzhen, whose openness to Hong Kong and to a wider world led him towards an interest in minimalism and installation work. As an important artist of the '85 New Wave art movement, Wang began to turn more towards experimentation with an abstract painting language, and his abstract works were featured in the seminal China/Avant-Garde exhibition (1989) at the National Museum of China in Beijing. By early 1990s, Wang Chuan was producing 'hard edge' abstract works, working with both Chinese and Western media. In the late 1990s', sudden illness drew Wang Chuan to a turning point which helped to transform his practice. The energy at work here arises from contrasts contained within, between big and small, imaginary and real: thick and thin, points, lines and surfaces that produce an almost spiritual experience. It is when an artist manages to let go of the ego and submits to the profound laws of the universe.
Wang Chuan's works are part of many museum collections, including the Minsheng Art Museum, Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Long Museum, Shanghai.
Text courtesy Hanart TZ Gallery.
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