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b. 1953, China

Wang Chuan Biography

Wang Chuan is one of the most important representatives of ‘Scar Art’ and ‘Existentialism Art’ in 1980s and 1990s. He described his early interest in abstract art as an obsession that bordered on the sadistic, and referred to his struggle between art and life as a solitary and searching journey. In the recent years, Wang’s works have truly become the records of a meditative life. Having closely encountered death (he was diagnosed with cancer a decade ago), the artist’s simple gestures such as racing a brushwork across the page shines with preciousness of life. “From the monumentality of structure to the fragility of a breezy line, Wang Chuan’s art enhances the richness of everyday experience by turning fleeting moments into landscapes of the mind”, as gallerist and art critic Johnson Chang puts it.

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Born in 1953 and graduated from the Chinese Painting Department of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Wang Chuan has shown works in major institutions around the world, namely National Art Museum of China in Beijing (1980), the monumental ‘New Art from China: Post-1989’ exhibition in Hong Kong (1993), Herrenhof Mussbach Art Museum in Germany (1999), Guangdong Museum of Art (2000), Hanart TZ Gallery in Hong Kong (2006), Today Art Museum in Beijing (2012) and Kunsthaus Hamburg (2012).

Wang Chuan Featured Artworks

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Song Zhuang 2017 No.14 宋庄2017年第十四号 by Wang Chuan contemporary artwork
Wang ChuanSong Zhuang 2017 No.14 宋庄2017年第十四号, 2017Acrylic on canvas
90 x 120 cm
A Thousand Plateaus Art Space Contact Gallery
2014-No.14 by Wang Chuan contemporary artwork
Wang Chuan2014-No.14, 2014Ink on paper
45.1 x 48.9 cm
A Thousand Plateaus Art Space Contact Gallery
1995-No.9 by Wang Chuan contemporary artwork
Wang Chuan1995-No.9, 1995Ink on paper
96.8 x 89 cm
A Thousand Plateaus Art Space Contact Gallery
Invisible Box by Wang Chuan contemporary artwork
Wang ChuanInvisible Box, 2016Acrylic on canvas
194 x 162 cm
A Thousand Plateaus Art Space Contact Gallery
Song Zhuang  No.8 宋庄之八 by Wang Chuan contemporary artwork
Wang ChuanSong Zhuang No.8 宋庄之八, 2016Acrylic on canvas
150 x 220 cm
A Thousand Plateaus Art Space Contact Gallery
Abstract 30 by Wang Chuan contemporary artwork
Wang ChuanAbstract 30, 1999Chinese ink and colour on paper
69 x 69 cm
Alisan Fine Arts Contact Gallery
Inseparable by Wang Chuan contemporary artwork
Wang ChuanInseparable, 2018Acrylic on canvas
80 x 100 cm
A Thousand Plateaus Art Space Contact Gallery
Golden Fish, Butterfly and Reeds by Wang Chuan contemporary artwork
Wang ChuanGolden Fish, Butterfly and Reeds, 2003Ink and colour on paper
93 x 96 cm
Hanart TZ Gallery Contact Gallery

Wang Chuan Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Wang Chuan, Unlimited at A Thousand Plateaus Art Space, Chengdu
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25 April–22 July 2018 Wang Chuan Unlimited A Thousand Plateaus Art SpaceChengdu
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Exhibition for the Tenth Anniversary at A Thousand Plateaus Art Space, Chengdu
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27 October–31 December 2017 Group Exhibition Exhibition for the Tenth Anniversary A Thousand Plateaus Art SpaceChengdu
Contemporary art exhibition, Group exhibition, The Garden of Winter Light  (a space to linger) at Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong
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10 December 2015–16 January 2016 Group exhibition The Garden of Winter Light (a space to linger) Hanart TZ GalleryHong Kong

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