Size: 30"W x 40"H x 1.5"D
Year Created: 2015
Ready to Hang
Yehan Wang explores abstraction through his work in painting and photography. Through the systematic application of repetitive brushstrokes, Wang not only addresses abstraction in terms of painterly application, but also how paint becomes the subject of the work. Devoid of the colours that identify the markings made on the painted canvas, Wang’s manipulated photographs take the angles, lines, and textures of mundane bicycles and tubing, abstracting the content through the form, and its repetition.
A loyalty to the formalist approach is evoked in the meticulous treatment of colour, line, shape, and texture in the practice of artist Yehan Wang. This formalism is not only rendered through his treatment of the material, but also in the dual reliance between content and form. Influenced by the practices of Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky, Wang has developed a practice rooted in abstraction and its relation to the spiritual.
Yehan Wang was born in Shanghai, China in 1959. Graduating from the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts in 1980, he exhibited China for 15 years before immigrating to Canada, and continuing his studies in Graphic Design at George Brown College in Toronto. Wang is a resident of Coquitlam, splitting his time between Vancouver and Shanghai. Wang’s art has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout China, Singapore, Japan and North America.
About Yehan’s Painting The striking abstract work of Wang Yehan is characterised by unmistakable bold swirling pebble dashes. The pieces horizons’ are only limited by the viewer’s imagination. Each piece features dynamic shapes and forms which morph in and out of focus like an optical illusion or a trick of the light. “Metropolis-Pixel” series is a metamorphosis in artwork, reborn from Wang’s abstract language and style innovation following his exhibits within the Natural Abstract series and City Surface series. It was from his 2011 solo exhibition in the Today Art Museum in Beijing, that art observers started to refer to Wang Yehan’s distinctive style as “Metropolis-Pixel”. Born in Shanghai in 1959, he graduated in 1980 from the University of Arts, Shanghai (now the Shanghai University, Fine Art College). He went to Canada in 1995 and majored in Art and Design at Toronto’s George Brown University, before returning to China to set up a studio in M50 Shanghai in 2004. Popular with both corporate and private art lovers, Wang Yehan’s works feature internationally in collections such as those of the Grand Hyatt hotels, the HSBC Bank, the Shanghai Cultural Development Foundation, Zhejiang Museum in Hangzhou and the luxury Art Hotel in the USA.