Wang Chuan (b.1953) has dabbled in realistic paintings in his early years, and he is a key figure in “Scar Art” movement in China. He later turned to abstract painting during the 1985 New Wave Movement and became a significant pioneering explorer of abstract ink painting. In the late 1990s, sudden illness brought Wang Chuan to a critical turning point that helped transform his artistic practice. Painting became a personal spiritual journey in the face of illness. Wang Chuan’s ink paintings hum with a quiet energy that tends to be spread evenly throughout each work, with stronger eddies here and there, sometimes punctuated by dots or color, but rarely a major concentrated vortex—just as the energy in an endlessly flowing river. There are nodes of energy where lines thicken, and the lines intersect in a web that stretches to infinity. Recognizable shapes on the verge of emerging into plain view dissolve before solidifying: in an act of non-attachment, Wang Chuan releases the form rather than holding it close. This kind of introspection and healing creation arises from the artist's personal encounters with death. It unexpectedly allows the artist to instinctively react on the impermanence of life and reflect on the spiritual existentialism, as well as interpersonal and metaphysical connections.
2017 Chengdu Anren Biennale, 2017 @ Chengdu, China (http://www.1000plateaus.org/Portal/en-US/Exhibition/Detail/6aeab263-7230-d779-c4e6-38656818839b)