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.