Guan Wei graduated in 1986 from the Department of Fine Arts at Beijing
Capital University. He first visited Australia in 1989 to take up a
two-month residency at the Tasmanian School of Art. He was invited to
undertake two further residencies in the early 1990s: one at the Museum
of Contemporary Art in Sydney, the other at the Canberra School of Art.
Guan Wei became an Australian resident in 1993 under the Distinguished
He has held thirty solo exhibitions and has been included in numerous
important contemporary exhibitions in Australia and internationally.
Guan Wei has also been awarded many prizes including the Asia Link Grant,
the Mosman Art Prize, the 39th Festival of Fishers Ghost Award
and in 2002 he was awarded The Sulman Prize, from the Art Gallery of
NSW. His work often refers to current social and environmental issues,
made more potent by his experience of two vastly differing cultures.
Throughout all he "aims for the trifecta of 'wisdom, knowledge
and humour' in every painting."
[Linda Jaivin, Australian Art Collector, #20].
This irrepressible sense of humour and love for his new country pervades
Guan Weis new paintings; evident in the placement of the small
figure of Ned Kelly [based on Nolans famous images] encountering
or escaping troopers set in traditional Chinese landscapes.
Also on show are paintings from his evocative Gazing into deep space
Guans residency is proudly sponsored by The Church Gallery Art
Courtesy the Artist and Sherman Gallery Sydney.
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