Matthew Wong
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About the artist

 

Born in 1984, Toronto, Canada..

Currently lives and works in Hong Kong and Zhongshan, China.

B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

MFA in Creative Media (Photography) from City University of Hong Kong

 

My practice is an extensive investigation into the act of painting as a vehicle for the discovery of existential truths. Working without preconceived ideas or guidelines on how to make a painting, I seek to apply a vast array of painterly techniques, with an emphasis on experimentation and intuition that nevertheless is keenly aware of a wide variety of art historical precedents, ranging from classical Chinese painting, the pulsating brushstrokes of Chaim Soutine and Vincent Van Gogh, to the internal subjectivity of abstract expressionism. The underlying focus which ties my paintings together is the notion of the landscape; rather than attempting to represent reality, my vision of the landscape is connected to the need to tap into a primordial energy which infuses both nature and the essence of humanity. Therefore the landscape, with all its myriad forms as evidenced in my paintings, is at once an amalgamation of past paintings in this genre across various periods and cultures, as it is open-ended metaphor reflecting currents running through contemporary human life. My idea of the painted landscape also exists as a symbol of yearning for a time when humanity engaged with nature in a harmonious union, this last point echoing fundamental beliefs of Taoist thought; neither fully abstract or figurative, the landscape as it appears in my paintings nevertheless displays suggestive traits of human features to emphasize the interchangeability between man and nature.

 

 

王俊傑

1984年生於加拿大多倫多,先後於美國密西根大學安娜堡分校及香港城市大學創意媒體學院畢業,獲文化人類學學士及藝術碩士學位。現於香港及中山工作及生活。作品曾於香港城市大學逸夫創意媒體中心展出,為美國及香港私人收藏。

 

創作理念

對專注於繪畫創作的王俊杰來說,繪畫行為本身是他發現到存在性真理的載體。他不習慣依從既定的思想或方法來繪畫,而是追求繪畫技巧的多樣性,把焦點放在實驗和直覺的主導上,卻不忘從博大的藝術史中挑選他認為值得參考的典範——由中國經典繪畫到西方柴姆蘇丁梵高躍動的筆觸抽象表現派主張的內在主觀,集思益廣。他的繪畫可見以風景作命題的取向,但這並不代表他要表現真實。他內心的風景連繫他的需要,接近那融會自然與人類核心的原始力量。因此,在王俊杰的筆下,各種形態的風景意象看似貫穿不同時代和文化的繪畫,同時作為一種開放式的隱喻,反映當代生活的暗湧。他對風景的表達亦象徵著時間被呼喚到人類跟自然契合的一刻,這一點跟道家的基本思想類同。作品中的風景非抽象亦非具象,但所呈現的是人類本質的意向,即人與自然相生相息、共生共存的關係。

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2015 Pulse of the Land: Matthew Wong Solo Exhibition at the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, Hong Kong