Lan-Chiann Wu 吳嵐倩
In my work I explore universal themes and values, which I transform to envisioned realities that link past and present and traverse different cultures. We all confront questions as, why are we here and what is our purpose in life. The depth of
human intellect and emotion is an inexhaustible resource, for example, the innate strength that we possess to overcome personal or collective challenges deeply fascinates me.
Everyone experiences their life in a personal way, however, we all have difficult moments to overcome, such as, the
passing of a loved one. This is not different for me; however, I confront my struggles through paintings that make conscious connections between emotion and place. The recurring glimmers of light in my work are metaphors for human resilience;
the love, hope and strength that we carry within. In "A Walk to Paradise Garden", which is inspired by a 1946 Eugene
Smith photograph, the light literally represents a universal desire for a bright and hopeful future.
While my art is rooted in an ancient tradition of ink painting, I blend Western and Asian modes of representation into a distinctly authentic style. Thus conceptually as well as aesthetically my work bridges cultures, time and space.
EXHIBITIONS & SHOWS:
Miami Art & Design Fair
Works represented by Michael Goedhuis Gallery
February 14-18, 2014
American International Fine Art Fair
International Contemporary+Modern Art Fair
Palm Beach Jewelry,
Art & Antique Show
International Fine Art Fair
LA Art Show 2013
Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show
Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for the Arts and Crafts: “Three Paths to Expression”, three women artists group exhibition, Alta Loma, California, March 3 – September 30, 2011.
ARTROM Gallery, Rome, Italy: International On-Line Exhibition “Asian Inspiration International”, award winner in an international competition and exhibition organized by the Italian Gallery ARTROM. December 6, 2009 – January 18, 2010.
SOMArts Cultural Center: Celebrating 20 Years: “Asian American Women Artist Association”, group exhibition, SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, September 24 – October 4, 2009.
Once a Tree Gallery:
“A Collective: Fine Woodworking and Painting”, group exhibition,
1340 N. Dynamics, Suite F, Anaheim, CA 92806, May 24,
Feldman-Horn Gallery: “Heaven and Earth”, group exhibition, Harvard-Westlake School, North Hollywood, April 30 – May 12, 2006.
JKD Gallery: “Between Dusk and Dawn”, solo exhibition, Bergamot Station, Los Angeles, May 11 – June 12, 2004.
Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts: Group exhibition (by invitation) “2002 Asian Ink and Water Painting Exhibition”, Osaka, Japan. September, 2002 to January, 2003. This exhibition traveled to three other venues in Taidong, Taipei and Yuenlin in Taiwan.
Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts: Group exhibition (by invitation) “2001 Asian Ink and Water Painting Exhibition”, Osaka, Japan. September - November 2001. This exhibition traveled to three other venues in Hsinchu, Taichung and Kaohsiung in Taiwan.
New York Studio
Exhibition: “Paintings by Lan-Chiann Wu”, New York City,
Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts: Group exhibition (by invitation) “2000 Asian Ink and Water Painting Exhibition, Osaka, Japan, September-December 2000. This exhibition traveled to two other venues in Taichung and Taipei in Taiwan.
Hsinchu Academy of Science, solo exhibition of thirty paintings from March 1994 to February 1995.
National Memorial Museum, graduation group exhibition, Taipei. Organized by the Chinese Culture University, June 1995.
Be Inspired by Artist Lan-Chiann Wu, by Vincia Lan, Philadelphia.
The Beautiful Ink Paintings of Lan-Chiann Wu, by Rita Lu and Ginger Lin,
Los Angeles, June 24, 2013.
World Journal-Los Angeles, An Evening for Painting, Music and Poetry with Lan- Chiann Wu and Wu Man (in Chinese), by 章紹曾, reporter of World Journal in Los Angeles, May 26, 2013. http://la.worldjournal.com/view/full_la/22665844/article
Contemplating Home in the Paintings of
Lan-Chiann Wu, by
Meher McArthur, freelance
Asian art historian, author and educator.
Global Art Magazine,
Lan-Chiann Wu: a woman painter in the Chinese ink and brush tradition,
by Paola Demattè, Associate Professor,
Global Art Magazine,
Interview with Lan-Chiann Wu by Jack Chan, from Meet me in New
York with permission from Jack Chan.
Meet me in New York, Interview with Lan-Chiann Wu, Arts Segment of Meet Me in New York by Jack Chan. March 2012. www.meetmeinnewyork.com.
Global Asian Culture,
Lan-Chiann Wu, Tranquil Artist, blog by Liz Shim, July 16, 2011.
File Under Fiber,
Art of Lan-Chiann Wu, blog by Ellen Katz, May 5, 2011.
News and Announcements, Maloof Gallery Demonstration on Chinese Ink
Painting, March 16, 2011.
Press Release, February 14, 2011, Alta Loma, CA.
2012 - New York Foundation for the Arts. Cycle of Life project accepted by NYFA’s Artspire sponsorship program.
2010 - Durfee Foundation Artist Completion Grant (ARC), Santa Monica.
1995 - Jin Ren-Chuo Scholarship for scholastic achievement in oil painting, awarded by the Education Department of the Government of Taiwan.
1993 - Ma Sho-Hua Scholarship for Chinese painting awarded by the Ma Sho-Hua Family Trust, Taipei.
Asian American Women
Artists Association, Asian American Arts Alliance, Chinese Culture
Foundation Artists Network, Diasporic Asian Art Network,
Paintings and drawings
have been collected in Australia, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, The
Netherlands, and in the United States in Los Angeles and New York City
by private collectors between 1995 and present.
AWARDS AND HONORS:
2009, Award winner in
“Asian Inspiration International”, an international competition and
exhibition organized by the Italian Gallery ARTROM.
1995, Chinese Culture
University honor for contemporary Chinese painting.Chinese Culture
University, especially selected to join the Hua-Kang Painting
1995, Chinese Culture University. Highest honor ‘Hua-Kang Chi-Nien’ for scholastic and artistic achievement.
Tainan National College of the Arts