‘Literary’ paintings

1 Oct 2017 – 22 Oct 2017

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Weekends. 12 - 4pm and by appointment.

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Scratch The Surface Festival Opening event: Chinese artist Wen Wu presents her series 'Literary' Paintings loaned from Riflemaker, London


The Chinese painter Wen Wu (b. 1978 Qing Dao) graduated from Tsinghua University, Beijing, having been tutored by Chen Dan Qing, the most influential art educator in China.

Wu's paintings counter the commercialisation of art production in today’s China, the sole aim of her canvases being aesthetic - primarily the representation of beauty. Her work breaks with the politically orientated Social Realist style, popular from 1950-1970, toward a more poetic or ‘literary’ neo- realism taking its cue from Western sources, in her case everything from 19C French plein air romanticism through the English Pre-Raphaelites and the Victorian painters to the Pre-WWII School of Paris. 

"As an artist who produces thought-provoking imagery, I am very pleased to be taking part in 'Scratch the Surface’. 

I always look forward to working with groups which provide professional and evolving Arts Programs such as Collective//Pod.”

WEN WU, artist 2017

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