"Morningtide" Fang Wei Solo Show
City: Shanghai
Duration: 2018-03-24 ~ 2018-05-06
Opening: 2018.3.24,15:00-19:00
Venue: AIKE
Address: Building 6, 2555 Longteng Avenue, Xuhui district, Shanghai
Participating Artist(s): Fang Wei


AIKE is delighted to present Fang Wei’s solo show “Morningtide” opening on March 24, 2018. This will be Fang Wei’s first comprehensive exhibition with AIKE with new paintings from the last three years after the artist returned to the pastoral life.

There is no specific object nor subject matter in Fang Wei’s painting. Instead, he sets free the wild and carefree fantasy within, releasing the raving expression in colours and of emotions to portray the figures and scenes in the frames. For a long period of time, he has been obsessed with the inner nature of humanity, confronting excitement, fear, solitude, ecstasy, and sorrow with an embracing gesture. With an absurd, exaggerated, surreal approach, Fang employs a palette of dense and gorgeous colours as well as unique strokes of wash technique to construct an array of spiritual imaginations.

The exhibition unfolds from a set of figurative paintings of human silhouettes, presenting alternatively with all sorts postures and overlapping shadows. The brilliant patches of colours are blended in each other with exquisite strokes, flooding through the entire canvas and further dissolving into the background of ever-increasing abundance or simplicity. There is another utterly different set of paintings, the pictures of which are interwoven with geometric lines in blue and green as well as patches of red and yellow. The second part of the show is filled with paintings in stark contrast of red and green. Whether it is the small-scale portrait of Asura, the figures that are kissing, or the dream-like bizarre narrative scene on huge canvas, all these carry a dramatic conflict of the apparition, even for three pine trees standing still.

The figure takes up the vital proposition in Fang Wei’s practice. As soon as his brush touches the palette and works on the canvas, images of men, women, Buddha, and God alike become blurred and ambiguous as the colours blended and washed constantly. On the large-scale artworks, you may find multiple figures, submerged and dissolved into the surrounding scenes. There is a primitive force of mysticism and vivid language beneath Fang’s painting. He attempts to capture the equivocal intuition on his mind. The seemingly sporadic images are the result of gradual mediation out of rigorous control. The narratives within are multi-faceted and divergent. Captivating as they are, a visual sense of hypnosis is at play in the flowing images.

Fang Wei has been stressing on breaking through the boundary of oil paints in pursuit of the paradoxical relationship of multiple spaces in his artworks. Entering the scenes in his artworks is like venturing into some mystical forest in the mountains known to no one. Figures are shady within the frame, intimate and yet detached, as capricious as humanity and vicissitudes in the world. His artworks are defiant, above and beyond, as if they were situated in the twilight at dawn as the sun rises from the horizon afar and embraces the dismal, dreary earth of the last night while the scouring sense of light provokes the nerve endings into the far side of fantasy.

Born to Shanghai in 1968, Fang Wei lives and works in Chongming, Shanghai at present. He graduated from Shanghai Arts & Crafts College in 1986, and went to Japan in the following year. Fang spent over twenty years of his life in Tokyo and Shanghai that after, active in the fields of antique and contemporary art. Starting from 2008, he returned as a professional artist by trade. His recent solo exhibitions include “Hidden Earth” at Richard Koh Fine Art in Kuala Lumpur (2016), “Assassin” at BANK in Shanghai (2014), and Fang Wei Solo Exhibition at Shanghai Gallery of Art in Shanghai (2012).


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[Editor] 张艳