Wen Wu, Decadence and Beauty

3 Feb 2012 – 25 Feb 2012

Albemarle Gallery

London, United Kingdom


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Decadence and Beauty


WEN WU was born in Qingdao, China in 1978. She has a BA in Fine Art from Tsinghua University's Academy of Art and Design, and an MA in Fine Art from London Metropolitan University. She has exhibited extensively in London, as well as in Beijing and Seoul, and her painting ‘Venus as a Boy' was a selected entry in this years BP Portrait Award. Wu describes her artist's instinct as one ‘obsessed with beauty'. Her gift for capturing the sensuous and exquisite - coupled with her unique painting style and bold use of colour - creates seductive, innovative compositions. This unique aesthetic is formed, in part, by Wu's extensive spectrum of inspirations, which curates and combines a careful assortment of figurative imagery from various cultures and periods. Having trained as a painter from a very young age, Wu possesses a superb technical brilliance. The flesh and material in her compositions is always lively and touchable; at once inviting and yet enigmatic. Wu has described her painting as not simply the vehicle through which she represents her ideas, but also the means through which she discovers herself. It is this personal adventure which gives her works their individuality; Wu combines beauty and sensuality with a flash of personality - a vivacity - which is as rare as it is captivating.

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