WANG Yuping: Taipei‧Beijing

Most works are created exclusively for this exhibition during a one month stay in Taipei where he captured the winter and rain in the streets of Danshui and Western Taipei, as well as recorded Taiwanese cuisine. In addition, he will also exhibit paintings and watercolors from Beijing.

  • Exhibition Period:02 Mar 2013 – 07 Apr 2013
  • Address:ESLITE GALLERY l No. 11, 5F, Songgao Road, Taipei 11073
  • Opening Hours:02 Mar 2013

Most works are created exclusively for this exhibition during a one month stay in Taipei where he captured the winter and rain in the streets of Danshui and Western Taipei, as well as recorded Taiwanese cuisine. In addition, he will also exhibit paintings and watercolors from Beijing.

WANG often mixes acrylic paint with oil pastel or oil paint on handmade paper that radiates loose, dynamic, and random blocks of warm color. In terms of subjects, unlike many artists from the same generation, WANG was not influenced by German Expressionism to engage in a larger narrative, but instead, he chose to savor the good things found in daily life. This is similar to the “ukiyo-e world” where pictures were based on the depictions of daily chores and returning them back into pristine beauty. It is an en plein air diary recorded with literati care.

WANG harbors deep feelings towards the Beijing landscape in which he was born and raised. Regarding his paintings and the sultry moods that his mind naturally expresses, he says: “I carry my easel, brushes and paint, wandering blindly throughout the city like a child that first learned to paint. Without a thought or worry, I could paint anywhere in any way that I chose, painting well or badly did not matter. This is just a way to look at the past, pass time in the present, as well as a chance to bask in the sun.” In recent years, his subjects have ranged from remnants of old Beijing during the four different seasons to small scattered objects of daily life, such as books, bottles and cans, typewriters, corks, etc.. They all without exception exude warmth and simplicity, with a hint of loneliness. There are no straight lines, precise shapes, or specific perspectives in WANG’s paintings – all images are simplified into blurs of saturated pure colors that looked repeated stroked and played with. For WANG, en plein air painting allows him to fulfill his desire for communication with surrounding life, as well as a contemporary artist’s constant pursuit of reflection in language and style.

WANG Yuping (b.1962) is a part of the 90’s new painting generation of China, and a representative figure of “performance” expressionism exhibited in the late 1980s. He graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1989, and later returned to teach at his alma mater. National Art Museum of China hosted his solo exhibition in 1993, and holds his works in their collection. In 2011, he was elected as the artist for CAFA’s annual Arts Nomination Exhibition.

WANG Yuping

Born and raised in Beijing, Wang Yuping feels great affections for the south town he grew up in. In view of his passion for the common life of ordinary people, Feng Boyi refers his works to the plebeian version of the Japanese Ukiyo-e. WANG typically blends acrylic, oil pastel, oil paint on handcrafted paper, and according to Fan Di-an, this mixture allows the color patches to maintain their loose and random feature.

Lately WANG focuses on painting from life, with subjects ranging from the scenes of old Beijing to trivial objects such as books, jars, typewriter, and corks. WANG brings forward the intimate, calm, warm yet melancholy nature of ordinary objects. In his paintings there are no sharp lines, no accurate shape, no standard perspective. His subjects are reduced to clouds of saturated and pure color, and their fuzzy fringes make them seem as if they have been scrupulously caressed. According to YU Ding, it is the sincere wish to communicate with one’s surrounding environment that drives WANG to paint from life. It is also the artist’s personal choice to divert from trends in contemporary art that restlessly place focus on innovative media, languages, and styles. From 2004 to 2006 WANG returned to his alma mater Central Academy of Fine Arts of China to teach. As he painted along with his students, he found once again the pleasure of painting. He says: “In art today, there is too much talk of ideas and viewpoints, but my greatest pleasure is still painting in itself. When we are young and we pick up the brush for the first time and we start painting, it is because we love it. After all the years of training, study and reflection in art, however, painting is no longer as enjoyable as before. Over-emphasizing innovation has become a spiritual burden, and the pleasure we felt when we held the brush for that very first time has disappeared”. WANG’s works are the traces of his quest for genuineness in art.