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Wang Tiande

b. 1960, China

Wang Tiande was born in Shanghai in 1960. The artist aims to re-contextualize tradition within a contemporary framework through ink paintings, digital compositions, and thought-provoking installations. With ink paintings which largely reference traditional Literati concepts, Wang Tiande captures a new form of expression that reflects today’s contemporary culture while incorporating conceptual ideas. He recreates ink brush painting for the twenty-first century. By burning symbols, which resemble Chinese characters, onto rice paper, his works evoke the essence of traditional Chinese art in a modern context. The burn marks are made with an incense stick, creating shapes and spaces, similar to that of landscapes, water and mountains.

Wang Tiande’s innovative approach does not dispel the significance and influence of tradition in his work; rather, he embraces traditional concepts and methods while injecting a modern perspective that is fresh and distinctly his own. Although a sense of nostalgia exists in his work, Wang continuously strives to break the barriers of traditional ink painting.

Featured Artworks

Gu Shan I by Wang Tiande contemporary artwork
Wang TiandeGu Shan I, 2006 Colour Photograph
32 x 163 cm
Chambers Fine Art
Reposing in Changzhou by Wang Tiande contemporary artwork
Wang TiandeReposing in Changzhou, 2018 Chinese ink with burn marks on layered rice paper, stele rubbing from Qing Dynasty
85 x 70 cm
Alisan Fine Arts
Rowing Home to Cold Mountain by Wang Tiande contemporary artwork
Wang TiandeRowing Home to Cold Mountain, 2017 Chinese ink with burn marks on layered rice paper
51.5 x 185 cm
Alisan Fine Arts
Houshan No16-SNWT0326 by Wang Tiande contemporary artwork
Wang TiandeHoushan No16-SNWT0326, 2016 Chinese ink with burn marks on layered rice paper, stele rubbing from Qing Dynasty
209 x 59.5 cm
Alisan Fine Arts
Digital No13-LBST020 by Wang Tiande contemporary artwork
Wang TiandeDigital No13-LBST020, 2013 Chinese ink with burn marks on layered rice paper, stele rubbing from Qing Dynasty
208 x 62 cm
Alisan Fine Arts
Night Crossing at Snowy River by Wang Tiande contemporary artwork
Wang TiandeNight Crossing at Snowy River, 2018 Chinese ink & mineral colours with burn marks on layered rice paper
193 x 63 cm
Alisan Fine Arts
Early Spring on Xi Mountain by Wang Tiande contemporary artwork
Wang TiandeEarly Spring on Xi Mountain, 2018 Chinese ink & mineral colours with burn marks on layered rice paper
112 x 86 cm
Alisan Fine Arts
Xi Mountain Snowy Night by Wang Tiande contemporary artwork
Wang TiandeXi Mountain Snowy Night, 2018 Chinese ink with burn marks on layered rice paper, stele rubbing of Qing Dynasty
85 x 70 cm
Alisan Fine Arts

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Turn of the Century: Photography in China at Chambers Fine Art, New York
Closed
27 June–17 August 2019 Group Exhibition Turn of the Century: Photography in China Chambers Fine Art, New York

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China: Ink Michael Goedhuis Related Video & Audio China: Ink Michael Goedhuis China: Ink : 9 May 2015

Chinese ink artists are profoundly relevant to contemporary Chinese society but until recently have been largely neglected by curators and critics alike with prices therefore undervalued. They are important as representing the link between China's great past and the galloping pace towards her future. Their work incorporates a deep understanding of...

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