WEI JIA (b. 1957, Beijing)

Graduated with a B.F.A from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing (1984) and M.F.A. from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (1987). He currently works and lives between New York and Beijing, where he teaches at the Central Academy of Fine Arts.

Chinese painting and calligraphy has been an integral part of Wei Jia’s maturation as an artist. Wei Jia practiced calligraphy, Chinese painting and poetry from an early stage. Even till today he practices calligraphy for at least one hour every day as self-cultivation. He moved to Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in United States in 1987. The feeling of cultural displacement and co-existence of cultural identities led him to measure the influences from Eastern and Western cultures in his work.

Hand-made paper is widely used in traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy. Fascinated by its historical importance and relationship to nature and craft, Wei Jia uses hand-made paper to make abstract collages. Wei Jia’s process involves a rigorously repeated cycle of tearing, mounting and painting, which leaves the artwork full of serendipitous combinations which cannot be replicated. The final work is made of layers of ink, pastel, gouache, oil and hand-made paper, encouraging the viewer to have a close look at the exceptional medium and make a journey within the artwork. American critic Robert C. Morgan notes that: “The results often appear more solid and lyrically intriguing than paintings associated with American Color Field painting in the 1960s, largely due to the superior absorbent quality of the paper made from crushed mulberry leaves.”

Wei has had numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally, including Central Academy of Fines Arts (Beijing), National Museum of Art (Beijing), CU Art Museum University of Colorado at Boulder (Boulder, U.S.A.); Lincoln Center (New York), etc. His works are in the public collections of The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia), Utah Museum (Salt Lake City) and the Dadu Museum (Beijing). His recent shows include Oil & Water: Reinterpreting Ink, The Museum of Chinese in America, New York (2014) and Tales of Two Cities: New York & Beijing, Bruce Museum, Greenwich (2014). He will have solo exhibitions in New York and San Francisco in late 2014.

Artist’s Websitewww.weijiastudio.com

 

韦佳(b. 1957,北京)

1984年毕业于中央美术学院油画系,1987年于美国布鲁姆斯堡宾西法尼亚州立大学视觉艺术系取得艺术硕士学位。他目前生活和工作于纽约与北京两地,在北京任教于中央美术学院。

韦佳早年学习过油画,也学习过中国书法、绘画和诗歌,1986年来美国布鲁姆斯堡大学读书,后来一直生活和创作于纽约。他的创作游历于两种文化之间。他在布鲁姆斯堡期间开始创作一些抽象国画,寻求中国抽象和美国抽象因素之间的关系。韦佳的创作灵感主要来源于中国传统书法和绘画,在美国现当代艺术的影响下,努力以新的角度和方式继承传统。他用中国手工纸做拼贴,因为纸上承载了中国的传统文化,保留着人与自然的关系。他在宣纸上书写和泼墨,再将形象撕毁,重新拼贴,反复的撕与贴之后画面变成抽象的色块,无论是东方的笔法用墨还是西方的油墨重彩都成为断章。韦佳说:“与现当代西方绘画不同,我更喜欢近看的绘画,让视觉游历于画面上,去感受画面的丰富的层次变化,像中国山水画那样,纸的拼贴使我达到我的追求。我的日常生活都会进入到我的作品里,春秋的色彩,树丛中的层次,花草交织的形状,美术馆与画廊作品的启发,读古诗的感受,打非洲手鼓的节奏等等。它们在我的画中暗示着我的生活状态。”撕与贴的反复,充满东方和西方艺术表达方式的碰撞,正是韦佳追求的必然与偶然的冒险。

韦佳在国际范围内广泛举行个展和群展,包括中央美术学院美术馆(北京),中国美术馆(北京),科罗拉多大学博物馆(美国小石城);林肯中心(纽约)等。他的作品还被宾夕法尼亚大学沃顿商学院(费城),犹他博物馆(美国盐湖城)以及大都美术馆(北京)等公共机构收藏。他近期的展出包括《再读水墨》,美国华人博物馆,纽约(2014)以及《双城记:纽约&北京》,布鲁斯博物馆,格林威治(2014)。2015年初他将在旧金山举办个展。

艺术家个人网站:www.weijiastudio.com

 

Bibliography | 文献

WEI JIA

Born 1957, Beijing, China

Lives and works in New York and Beijing

 

EDUCATION

1987 M.A. Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Department of Studio Art, MA

1984 B.F.A. Central Academy of Fine Arts, Department of Oil Painting, Beijing

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015

Cursive Script, Color and Collage: The Art of Wei Jia, NanHai Art, Millbrae, California, February 21–March 28, 2015. (Catalogue)

2012

Wei Jia: New Work, Schmidt/Dean Gallery, Philadelphia, 2012.

2008

Wei Jia: New Paintings: Calligraphy, Collage, Crossculture, Cheryl McGinnis Gallery, New York, October 14 – November 22, 2008.

2007

Wei Jia: Made in China, Schmidt/Dean Gallery, Philadelphia, 2007.

Wei Jia and Nancy Lasar: Fields of Vision, Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport, CT, May 18 – June 30, 2007.

2006

Wei Jia: Made in Beijing forward slash New York, China 2000 Fine Art, New York, October 2006.

2004

Wei Jia: 2004, China 2000 Fine Art, New York, October 2004.

Wei Jia: Recent Works, Schmidt/Dean Gallery, Philadelphia, 2004.

2002

Wei Jia: Recent Works, Schmidt/Dean Gallery, Philadelphia, 2002.

1999

Wei Jia: Recent Works, Schmidt/Dean Gallery, Philadelphia, 1999.

1997

Wei Jia: Recent Works, Schmidt/Dean Gallery, Philadelphia, 1997.

1995

Wei Jia: Recent Works, Schmidt/Dean Gallery, Philadelphia, 1995.

1992

Wei Jia: Recent Works, Schmidt/Dean Gallery, Philadelphia, 1992.

1988

Wei Jia, Haas Gallery, Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA, 1988.

1987

Wei Jia, Haas Gallery, Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA, 1988.

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016

A Piece of Paper, Fou Gallery, New York, March 19–May 8, 2016.

2015

Lin Yan, Wei Jia: A Garden Window, Kwai Fung Hin Gallery, Hong Kong, November 16–December 16, 2015.

Sovrapposizioni Di Immagini, Casa Dei Carraresi Via Palestro, Treviso, Italy, June 20–July 1, 2015.

2014

Oil & Water Reinterpreting Ink, The Museum of Chinese America, New York, April 24 – September 14, 2014. (Catalogue)

Tales of Two Cities: New York & Beijing, Bruce Museum, Greenwich, May 3 – August 31, 2014. (Catalogue)

Start from Tradition: Lin Yan & Wei Jia, Cheryl McGinnis Gallery, New York, May 1 – June 1, 2014.

Transcending Boundaries: Qin Feng; Wei Jia and Lin Yan, Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport, CT, May 3 – June 14, 2014.

Experience China Chinese Contemporary Oil Painting, Dadu Museum, Beijing, 2014.

2013

China Style, Dadu Museum, Beijing, open on October 19, 2013.

New York Beijing Here There, Yuan Art Museum, Beijing, October 24 – November 5, 2013.

2012

Vaulting Limits, Tenri Cultural Institution, New York, May 4 – 25, 2012. (Catalogue)

Reductive, Jeffrey Leder Gallery, Long Island City, May 15 – June 10, 2012.

Colorblind: Qin Feng; Wei Jia; Paul Shakespear; David Shapiro, Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport, CT, March 17 – April 28, 2012.

2011

Asian Variegations, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, December 8 – 16, 2011.

Giving and Receiving, CU Art Museum University of Colorado, Boulder, US, April 8 – July 22, 2011 (catalogue).

2010

Spring Equinox, Yuan Art Museum, Beijing, March 21, 2010 – April 21, 2010. (catalogue)

Lin Yan + Wei Jia: Echoes from the Past, Amy Simon Gallery, Westport, CT, November 6 – December 11, 2010.

Intertwining Layers, Cheryl McGinnis Gallery, New York, January 22 – February 26, 2010.

2008

Apartment Art In China 1970s-1990s, Shuimu Art Space, Beijing, September 28 – October 27, 2008.

Art Graduate Reunion Exhibition, Class of 1980, Studio III, Department of Oil Painting: Celebrating 90th anniversary of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Loft 3 Gallery, 798 district, Beijing, September 20 – October 28, 2008. (Catalogue)

Then and Now: Chinese Art From 1710 to 2007, Lamont Gallery, Phillips Exeter Academy,

Exeter, US, July 8 – 30, 2008.

Cross Reference: 11Artists from NY, Shuimu Art Space, 798 Art district, Beijing, July 19 – September 7, 2008. (Catalogue)

2007

Calligraphy in Paintings, Museum of Binghamton University, NY, 2007.

Corresponding – Chinese and American Artists, National Museum of Art, Beijing, 2007.

2006

Curator’s Choice: China, Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA, September 24, 2006 – January 14, 2007.

Summer Rotation II, Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport, CT, 2006.

East Transplanted West, Kean University, Union, NJ, US, 2007.

Brooklyn, Westport Arts Center, CT, 2006.

New Chinese Occidentalism – Chinese Contemporary Art in NY, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York, January 19 – February 28, 2006. (Catalogue)

2005

Simplicity in Life 2, Lin Yan + Wei Jia, William Fellows Architects, New York, 2005

Summer Rotation 1, Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport, CT, 2005.

2003

The Paper Chase: Creation in Paper by Contemporary Chinese Artists in New York, China 2000 Fine Art, New York, March, 2003.

2002

Contemporary Brush Strokes – New York Artists from China, China 2000 Fine Art, New York, 2002.

2000

Art Span – Three generation, nine artists in one family, Shanghai Biennial, Shanghai, 2000.

1999

Spring Group Show Miyako Yoshinaga Art Prospects, New York, 1999.

1995

Recent Paintings by Chinese – American Artists, The Cork Gallery, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, 1995.

1992

Second Spring: Contemporary Chinese Painting & Sculpture, Founders Gallery, University of San Diego, San Diego, 1992.

Duo show, Z gallery, New York, 1992.

1990

Works by Pang’s Family, Lung Men Art Gallery, Taipei, 1990.

1987

Contemporary Chinese Art Exhibition, The Chinese Culture Institute, Boston, 1987.

1985

National Youth Art Exhibition, National Museum of Art, Beijing, 1985.

1977

Beijing City Art Exhibition, National Museum of Art, Beijing, 1977.

1976

In Memory of Zhou en lai, National Museum of Chinese History, Beijing, 1976.

 

PUBLIC COLLECTION

Utah Museum, Salt Lake City

National Museum of Chinese History, Beijing

The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Dadu Museum, Beijing

 

韦佳

1957,出生于北京,工作和生活在纽约

 

教育

1987,艺术硕士,布鲁姆斯堡宾西法尼亚州立大学视觉艺术系

1984,艺术学士,中央美术学院油画系,北京

 

个展

2015

韦佳:抒写 色彩 拼贴,南海艺术中心,加利福尼亚州密而布瑞,2015.2.21–3.28. (画册)

2012

韦佳:新作,施密特∙迪恩画廊,费城,2012.

2008

韦佳:新画作:书法,拼贴,跨文化,雪莉马科吉尼斯画廊,纽约,2008.10.14-11. 22.

2007

韦佳:中国制造,施密特∙迪恩画廊,费城,2007.

2006

韦佳:生于北京,驰骋纽约,文良画廊,纽约,2006.10.

2004

韦佳:2004,文良画廊,纽约,2004.10.

韦佳:近作,施密特∙迪恩画廊,费城,2002.

1999

韦佳:近作,施密特∙迪恩画廊,费城,1999.

1997

韦佳:近作,施密特∙迪恩画廊,费城,1997.

1995

韦佳:近作,施密特∙迪恩画廊,费城,1995.

1992

韦佳:近作,施密特∙迪恩画廊,费城,1992.

1988

韦佳:哈斯画廊,布鲁姆斯伯格大学,宾夕法尼亚州,美国,1998.

1987

韦佳:哈斯画廊,布鲁姆斯伯格大学,宾夕法尼亚州,美国,1997.

 

群展

2016

一页纸,否画廊,纽约,2016.3.19–5.8.

2015

林延、韦佳联展:后院,季凤轩画廊,香港,2015.11.16–12.16.

图像的重构,卡塞雷斯博物馆,意大利特莱维索,2015.6.20-7.1.

2014

感知中国:中国当代油画,大都美术馆,北京,2014.

超越边界,艾米∙西蒙画廊,西港,康奈迪克州,美国,2014.5.3-8.31.

双城记:纽约&北京,布鲁斯博物馆,格林威治,康奈迪克州,美国,2014.5.3-8.31.(画册)

从传统开始:林延&韦嘉,雪莉马科吉尼斯画廊,纽约,2014.5.1-6.1.

再读水墨,美国华人博物馆,纽约,2014.4.24-9.14.(画册)

2013

纽约,北京,这里,那里,元典美术馆,北京,2013.10.24-11.5.

国风:中国油画语言研究展,大都美术馆,北京,2013.10.19.

2012

还原,杰弗里∙莱德画廊,长岛市,2012.5.15-6.10.

跨越界限:中国当代艺术家,天理文化中心,纽约,2012.5.4-5.25.(画册)

色盲:秦风,韦佳,保罗∙莎士比亚,大卫∙夏皮罗,艾米∙西蒙画廊,西港,美国,2012.3.17-4.28.

2011

亚洲斑斓,切尔西美术馆,纽约,2011.12.8-16.

对应/应对II:中美艺术家联展,科罗拉多大学博物馆,美国,2011.4.8-7.22.(画册)

2010

回音,艾米西蒙画廊,西港,康乃狄克州,美国,2010.11.6-12.11.

春分,元典美术馆,北京,2010.3.21-4.21.(画册)

交织,雪莉马科吉尼斯画廊,纽约,2010.1.22-2.26.

2008

中国公寓艺术1970s-1990s,水木当代艺术空间,北京,2008.9.20-10.28.(画册)

中央美术学院油画系第三工作室80级回顾展,红三房画廊,北京,2008.9.20-10.28.(画册)

参照:来自纽约的11位艺术家,水木当代艺术空间,北京,2008.7.19-9.7.(画册)

彼时此时:从1710年到2007年的中国艺术,拉蒙特画廊,菲利普斯埃克塞特学院,新罕布什尔州,美国,2008.7.8-7.30.

2007

画中书法:宾汉姆顿大学艺术馆,纽约州,美国,2007.

对应/应对:中美艺术家联展,中国国家美术馆,北京,2007.6.30-7.9.(画册)

韦佳与南希∙拉萨尔:幻象的领域,艾米∙西蒙画廊,西港,康乃狄克州,美国,207.5.18-6.30.

2006

布鲁克林,西港艺术中心,康乃狄克州,美国,2006.

东方移植西方,基恩大学,新泽西州,美国,2006.

夏季群展,艾米西蒙画廊,康乃狄克州,美国,2006.

策展人的选择:中国艺术,麻萨诸塞州综合博物馆,美国,2006.9.24-2007.1.14.

新西方主义:纽约中国当代艺术,伊桑科恩画廊,纽约,2006.1.19-2.28.(画册)

2005

林延/韦佳:简约生活2,WFA建筑设计空间,纽约,2005.

夏季群展,艾米西蒙画廊,西港,康乃狄克州,美国,2005.

2003

纸的追逐,文良画廊,纽约,2003.3.

2002

当代笔触:纽约的中国艺术家,文良画廊,纽约,2002.

2000

庞薰琹三代九人艺术展,上海双年展外围展,2000.

1999

春季群展,宫古吉永画廊,纽约,1999.

1995

当代美国中国艺术展,美国纽约林肯中心画廊,纽约,1995.

1992

第二春:当代中国绘画与雕塑,创始人画廊,圣地亚哥大学,1992.

多,Z画廊,纽约,1992.

1990

庞家画展,龙门画廊,台北,1990.(画册)

1987

当代中国艺术展,中国文化研究所,波士顿,1987.

1985

全国青年画展,中国国家美术馆,北京,1985.

1977

北京城市艺术展,中国美术馆,北京,1977.

1976

纪念周恩来,中国历史博物馆,北京,1976.

 

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