Wei Guan

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Chivalry No.2, 2018
Acrylic on Linen 80 x 130 cm
$26,000

Chivalry No.5, 2018
Acrylic on Linen 80 x 130 cm
$26,000

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Wei Guan

关伟

Born in Beijing, China, 1957

Lives and works in Beijing & Sydney

Guan Wei is a major figure in both the Australian and Chinese contemporary art scenes. For almost 30 years he has been creating work that interweaves imagery from his Chinese heritage, his life experience in Australia and his personal mythology.

In 1989, three years after graduating from the Department of Fine Arts at Beijing Capital University, he came to Australia as artist-in-residence at the Tasmanian School of Art. He migrated in 1990. Further residencies followed at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney (1992) and the Canberra School of Art, Australian National University (1993). In 2008 he set up a studio in Beijing and he now lives and works in both Beijing and Sydney.

Guan Wei’s works display a heightened socio-political awareness. Many of them incorporate European-style maps and Chinese-style landscapes as the foundation on which he addresses a range of topics: cross-cultural issues, environmental awareness, Australian politics, immigration, the plight of refugees. His distinctive style and highly personal visual vocabulary – floating clouds, map coordinates, isobars – are vehicles for statements that have a profoundly felt moral dimension. Some of his works incorporate the timeless theme of journeying, a theme prevalent in classical Chinese literature and scroll paintings, though transported by the artist to the present day when so many journeys are made to escape persecution or seek a better life.

At the same time his art is laced with whimsy and humour. Human figures depicted in his delightfully idiosyncratic manner play hide and seek in a forest or cavort on the beach, which, for Guan Wei, is the epitome of hedonism and freedom in Australia. “I try to emphasize three elements in my work”, the artist says, “wisdom, knowledge and humour. I believe people need wisdom to choose from the many different cultural traditions that confront us every day; knowledge is the key to opening our minds to the diversity of the world; and humor is necessary to comfort our hearts”.

 

EDUCATION BACKGROUND

1986    Graduated from the Department of Fine Arts of Beijing Capital University and became an art teacher in a High School.
1989    Artist-in-Residence, Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania, Hobart.
1990    Grant, Australia Council.
1990-91 Artist-in-Residence, Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania, Hobart.
1992    Artist-in-Residence, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.
1993    Artist-in-Residence, Canberra School of Art, Australian National University Canberra.
1994    Awarded 1994 Gold Coast City Gallery Gonrad Jupiters Art Prize.
1995    Grant, Australia Council.
1996    Curatorial Team Member, the Second Asia-Pacific of Contemporary Art Triennial Queensland Art Gallery.
1997    Artist-in-Residence, Sydney Grammar School.
1997    Awarded 1997 Australian Print media Art Prize, University of Western Sydney, Nepean.
1997    Awarded 1997 Biennial art Exhibition diary, The Southland Entertainment centre, Sydney.
1997    One of the eight artist commissioned to produce the fine art limited edition prints for the
1997    Sydney 2000 Olympic poster program.
1998    Visiting Fellowship, Canberra School of Art Australia National University, Canberra.
1998    Grant, Australia Council.
1998    Awarded 1998 Gold Coast City Gallery Gonrad Jupiters Art Prize.
1999    Awarded 1999 Nillumbik Art Award VIC Australia.
1999    Awarded 1999 Geelong Print Prize.
1999    Awarded 1999 Rena Elen Jones Memorial Print Award.
1999    Artist-in-Residence Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.
2000    Grant from Asia Link Australia.
2000    Artist-in-residence, Lasalle SIA College of the Arts, Singapore.
2001    Awarded 2001 Mosman Art Prize Sydney.
2001    Awarded 2001, 39th Festival of Fisher’s Ghost, Campbelltown Art Gallery Sydney.
2001    Artist-in-residence Bundanon Trust Nowra NSW.
2001    Artist-in-residence Parks Victoria VIC.
2001    Artist-in-residence Casula Power House Museum NSW.
2001    Commissioned by The Sydney Morning Herald to do a cover art work for celebrate Australia Day.
2002    Awarded 2002 Sulman Prize NSW Art Gallery.
2002    Grant, Australia Council, artist-in-residence Greene St New York.
2002    Visiting Fellowship, Canberra School of Art Australia National University, Canberra.
2002    Commission ‘Feng Shui’ Mural Painting for 700 Collins St Docklands Melbourne.
2002    Commission ‘Paper War’ For SBS & Australian Centre for the Moving Image.
2002    Australian – China Council residence grant at Taipei Artist Village.
2002    Artists’ Camp, Gunbalanya (Oenpelli), Western Amhem Land, through 24HR Art, Darwin (Australia Council Grant).
2002    Artist-in-residence Campbelltown Arts Centre Sydney.
2007    Ambassador 2007 City of Sydney Chinese New Year Festival.
2007    Grant, Australia Council, artist in residence at Cite International des Art Paris.
2008-10 Fellowship Grant Australia Council,& set up a studio in Beijing.
2010    Artist-in-residence at The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation USA.
2011    Artist-in-residence at He Xiang Ning Art Museum, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal Shenzhen, China
2012    Artist in residence at Ah Ming studio Jing De Zhen, ceramic city China
2013    Commission for MCA mural  “The Journey to Australia ”
2013    Confer honorary president for Meijiang International Art Center Tianjin China
2014    Artist in residence at Jun Jun studio Jing De Zhen, ceramic city China.
2014    Artists’ Camp, “Looking for Spirits ” Lipo Guizhou China.
2015    Commissioned by Fairfax Digital Australia & New Zealand Pty Limited to do cover art work for The Sydney
2015    Morning herald, The age, and The Canberra Time three news papers to celebrate Chinese New Year.
2015    Grant, Australia Council, artist-in-residence at ACME London.
2015    Awarded 2015 Arthur Guy Memorial Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery VIC
2015    Artist in residence at Henriot Quimper, France
2016    Curated Sun Ziyao’s Ink Instinct exhibition at Vermilion Art Gallery Sydney
2016    Curated Foreshadow exhibition at Vermilion Art Gallery Sydney
2017    Coordinated Australia team for Qian Ling New Media International Festival Guizhou Province China
2017    Visiting Artist for LongLi Multi-media Art project Guizhou Province China
2017    Curated the Charming Confusion exhibition at Vermilion Gallery Sydney
2018    Commissioned design for ATW “Treasure Hunt” Tapestry
2018    Curated the Niche Construction at Vermilion Gallery Sydney
2018    Designed Dragon Lantern for Lunar Lanterns Festival Sydney
2018    Adjudicator Committee for the Golden Wattle Awards 2018
2018    Designed Golden Wattle Awards trophy

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018    Chivalry, ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne
2018    Unexpected Histories, The University of Chicago Center in Beijing
2017    Cosmotheoria, White Box Art Center 798 Art District Beijing
2017    Reflection, Martin Browne Contemporary Sydney
2016    Guan . Perspective, Scene Sense Art Gallery, Beijing
2016    Bird, Map, Shadow, Heiser Gallery QLD Australia
2016    Salvation, ARC ONE Gallery, VIC Australia
2015    Panorama, Art of Guan Wei, Jia Pingwa Cultural Museum of Art Xi’an china
2015    From Stars To Soul, Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney
2015    The Great Southern World, Nancy Sever Gallery, Canberra
2015    Guan Wei & Wayne Warren Crossing Lines, ACME Project Space London
2014    How Far Heiser Gallery Brisbane
2014    Archaeology ARC One Gallery Melbourne
2014    From the water to the sky Glasshouse Port Macquarie Reginal Gallery NSW
2013    Twinkling Galaxies, Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney
2013    Enigma Space, Moonlight 8 Gallery, Suzhou, China
2012    The Enchantment, Arc One Gallery, Melbourne
2011    Spellbound, He Xiang Ning Art Museum, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal Shenzhen, China
2011    Bird Island, Chan Hampe Galleries, Singapore
2011    Play on the Beach, Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney
2011    The New Classic of the Mountains and Seas, Red Gate Gallery Beijing, China
2010    Cloud in the sky, Water in the bottle, Shumu Art Space, Beijing
2010    Cloud, ARC One Gallery Melbourne, Australia
2009    Fragments of history, Kaliman Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2009    Longevity for Beginners, 10 Chancery lanes Gallery Hong Kong.
2008    Zodiac, Turner Galleries Perth, Australia.
2007    Day After Tomorrow, Red Gate Gallery 798 Village Beijing.
2007    A Mysterious Land, ARC One Gallery Melbourne Australia.
2006    Other Histories: Guan Wei’s Fable for a Contemporary World, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
2006    A Distant Land, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide
2006    Jiang Hu, Liverpool Regional Museum, Sydney.
2006    Echo, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
2005    Secret Histories, ARC One Gallery, Melbourne.
2004    Looking for Enemies, Sherman Galleries, Goodhope, Sydney.
2004    Prediction-Reflection, The Church Gallery, Perth International Arts Festival.
2003    Looking, Greene St Studio, New York.
2003    A Passage to Australia, photospace School of Art ANU Canberra.
2002    Dao Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, Singapore.
2002    Island, Sherman Galleries Goodhope St, Sydney.
2002    Exotic Flowers & Rare Grasses, Sherman Galleries Hargrave St, Sydney.
2001    Studio Show, Parks Victoria Warrandyte Melbourne.
2000    Horoscope, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing.
2000    Domino, Arrivals, Sydney 2000 Olympic Arts Festival, Sherman Galleries Hargrave St, Sydney.
2000    Zen Garden, Sherman Galleries, Goodhope St, Sydney.
2000    Looking for Home, Earllu Gallery, Singapore.
1999    Floating, Sherman Gallery, Sydney.
1999    Nesting, or Art of Idleness, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.
1999    New Paintings, Span Galleries, Melbourne.
1998    Revisionary, Drill Hall Gallery, The Australian National University.
1998    Internal Circulation, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing China.
1997    The Last Supper, Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo Japan.
1997    ex/inspire, Sherman Galleries, Goodhope, Sydney.
1997    Anonymous Invader, Sydney Grammar School, Sydney.
1996    Return to Paradise, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing China.
1996    Sausage, Umbrella Studio, Townsville North Queensland.
1996    Magic Garden, Hanart T Z Gallery, Hong Kong.
1995    Treasure Hunt, Sherman Galleries, Goodhope, Sydney.
1994    The Great War of the Eggplant, Drill Hall Gallery, The Australian National University.
1993    Test Tube Baby, Sherman Galleries, Sydney.
1992    The Living Specimen, Plimsoll Gallery University of Tasmania Hobart.
1992    Guan Wei Solo Exhibition, Dick Bett Gallery, Hobart.
1991    Guan Wei Solo Exhibition, Waverly City Gallery, Melbourne.
1991    Guan Wei Solo Exhibition, Hobart Despard Street Gallery, Hobart.
1991    Guan Wei Solo Exhibition, Plimsoll Gallery University of Tasmania Hobart.
1991    Guan Wei Solo Exhibition, photospace School of Art ANU Canberra.
1989    Guan Wei Solo Exhibition, French Embassy, Beijing.