ART PROGRAM

Wang Suling

(b. 1968, Taiwan)
Born in 1968, Wang Suling grew up in rural Taiwan and moved to London in 1993 to study fine art at Central St. Martins College of Art and Design. She completed her master's degree in painting from the Royal College of Art in 1999.

Wang's art is inspired by Taiwanese oral tradition from her childhood and her exploration of identity within Eastern and Western cultures. The artist has described her work as a means of articulating her own mixed feelings about the rapid industrialization of her native Taiwan, as well as the tension resulting from her dual identification with both Eastern and Western visual and cultural traditions.

Her art is composed of meticulously created layers of painted calligraphy and cartoon-like forms overlaid atop other shapes that suggest trees, sterns, and mountains. This convergence of various patterns, vibrant colors, abstract shapes, and figurative elements lends a tangible sense of depth and rhythm to Wang's compositions.

Wang's work has been exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions. She has held solo exhibitions at Inception Gallery, Paris in 2013; Eslite Gallery, Taipei in 2011; Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid in 2006; Lehmann Maupin, New York in 2005; and Victoria Miro Gallery, London in 2005. Her work is collected in the permanent collections of museums, particularly in USA, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Cincinnati Art Museum; and The Utah Museum of Fine Arts.

UNTITLED

2006
ACRYLIC AND INK ON PAPER
THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, LOS ANGELES
THE EAST WEST BANK COLLECTION, PURCHASED AND PROMISED GIFT OF EAST WEST BANK
30 1/8 X 44 7/8 IN

On display at:

PASADENA COMMERCIAL BANKING CENTER, CALIFORNIA

Wang Suling makes bold, calligraphic abstract paintings and works on paper addressing issues of identity and location. Drawing from imagery found in traditional Chinese landscape painting—including mountain ranges, calligraphic marks, and flowing water—she creates large scale compositions that express these natural components in a state of flux.

Filled with bold and colorful gestures, her works call upon the strategies of abstract expressionism, as well as the energy generated from the formal applications of op art. As expressed by the artist herself, the works are a response to the transformation and modernization of artist's homeland.

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