Lan-Chiann Wu
吳嵐倩
Artist Statement

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
Miami, Florida
February 14-18, 2014

American International Fine Art Fair
Works represented by Michael Goedhuis Gallery
Palm Beach, Florida
February 5-9, 2014

Art Miami International Contemporary+Modern Art Fair
Works represented by Michael Goedhuis Gallery
Miami, Florida
December 4-8, 2013.

Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show
Works represented by Michael Goedhuis Gallery
Palm Beach, Florida
February 15-19, 2013.

American International Fine Art Fair
Works represented by Michael Goedhuis Gallery
Palm Beach, Florida
February 5-10, 2013.

LA Art Show 2013
Works represented by Michael Goedhuis Gallery
Los Angeles, California
January 23-27, 2013.

Art Miami
Works represented Michael Goedhuis Gallery
Miami, Florida
December 5-9, 2012.

The International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show
Works represented by Michael Goedhuis Gallery
The Park Avenue Armory, New York, New York
October 19-25, 2012.

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,
2008 – June 30, 2009.

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,
September 9 - 10, 2000.  Paintings made between 1994 and 2000.

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.

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

Chinatown USA, Be Inspired by Artist Lan-Chiann Wu, by Vincia Lan, Philadelphia. February 2014.
http://gochinatownusa.com/2014/02/17/lan-chiann-wu

ETTV AMERICA, The Beautiful Ink Paintings of Lan-Chiann Wu, by Rita Lu and Ginger Lin, Los Angeles, June 24, 2013.
http://www.ettvamerica.com/Video/VideoClip.cshtml?i=1093

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

KCET-ARTBOUND, Contemplating Home in the Paintings of Lan-Chiann Wu, by Meher McArthur, freelance Asian art historian, author and educator. 
Los Angeles, June 3, 2013.  http://www.kcet.org/arts/artbound/counties/los-angeles/lan-chiann-wu-huntington-library.html

Global Art Magazine, Lan-Chiann Wu: a woman painter in the Chinese ink and brush tradition, by Paola Demattè, Associate Professor,
Department of Art History and Visual Culture, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI.  August 2012.
http://www.thetranquilstudio.com/Lan%20Chiann%20Wu%20by%20Paula%20Dematte%202011.pdf

Global Art Magazine, Interview with Lan-Chiann Wu by Jack Chan, from Meet me in New York with permission from Jack Chan. 
Published in German and English.  March 2012. http://globalartmagazine.com/lan-chiann-wu.html

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. 
Vist: http://globalasianculture.com/2011/lan-chiann-wu-tranquil-artist

File Under Fiber, Art of Lan-Chiann Wu, blog by Ellen Katz, May 5, 2011.
Visit: http://fileunderfiber.blogspot.com/2011/05/art-of-lan-chiann-wu.html

Rancho Cucamonga News and Announcements, Maloof Gallery Demonstration on Chinese Ink Painting, March 16, 2011.
Visit: http://www.americantowns.com/ca/ranchocucamonga/news/maloof-gallery-demonstration-on-chinese-ink-painting-4323519

Maloof Foundation, Press Release, February 14, 2011, Alta Loma, CA.
Visit: http://www.malooffoundation.org/uploads/Maloof3PTEPressRel.pdf



GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS:

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.

1994 - Liu Yen-Tao Scholarship for Chinese Calligraphy and Painting awarded by the National History Museum in Taipei.

1993 - Ma Sho-Hua Scholarship for Chinese painting awarded by the Ma Sho-Hua Family Trust, Taipei.

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

Asian American Women Artists Association, Asian American Arts Alliance, Chinese Culture Foundation Artists Network, Diasporic Asian Art Network,
United States Artist Organization, WomenArts.
 

COLLECTED WORKS:

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. 
December 6, 2009 – January 18, 2010.

1995, Chinese Culture University honor for contemporary Chinese painting.Chinese Culture University, especially selected to join the Hua-Kang Painting
Association (comparable to Dean’s list).

1995, Chinese Culture University.  Highest honor ‘Hua-Kang Chi-Nien’ for scholastic and artistic achievement.

 

EMPLOYMENT:

Tainan National College of the Arts
Kuantien, Taiwan
Part-time painting teacher Department of Art History, September 2003 - January 2004.

 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, New York
Education Department
Contractual Lecturer Chinese Painting from March, 1999 to February 2000.

Invited to appear on an award-winning CD-ROM “The Paths Dreams Take”, Japanese art from the Collection of Mary Griggs Burke and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, produced by the Education Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, March 2000.

Painting demonstration at the Metropolitan Museum of Art given during the seminar “Exploring Chinese Painting”, held on October 9, 1999, in conjunction
with an exhibition of Chinese paintings from the C. C. Wang collection.

Lecture and painting demonstration at the Hamilton-Madison House community center relating to an exhibition of Chinese painting from the C. C. Wang collection, October 1999.

Painting demonstration of traditional Chinese painting techniques during the seminar “Traces of the Brush: Looking at Chinese Painting”, held on December 11, 1999.  The seminar was part of the Museum teachers training program.

 

EDUCATION:

New York University
School of Art and Art Education
Department of Arts and Art Professions
September 1996 to May 1998
Master of Art degree

Chinese Culture University, Fine Arts Department
Chinese Culture University, Yang-Ming Shan, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.
September 1991 to June 1995.
BFA, with the highest distinction for scholastic achievement of the Chinese Culture University, and achievement award from the Fine Art Department. 
Student of Au Ho-Nien and Ho Huai-Shuo. Received highest honor ‘Hua-Kang Chi-Nien’ of the University.

 

CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:

2013 - Guest lecturer at the international symposium “Female Embodiment of the Visual world: Women’s Art in Contemporary China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.”  Presented my vision and work in: Sources of Inspiration.  Visual Art Center of Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine.  Saturday, September 28, 2013.  Related to Bowdoin College’s Art Exhibition “Breakthrough - Work by Contemporary Chinese Women Artists.”  September 27, 2013 - January 5, 2014.

2013 - An Evening with Wu Man and Lan-Chiann Wu, hosted by June Li, Curator of The Huntington’s Chinese Garden, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, June 18, 2013.

2011 - Artist talk & painting demonstration, Maloof Foundation, March 20, 2011.

2013 - Guest lecturer at The China Society of Southern California.  Presented: An Artist’s View on Chinese Ink Painting by Lan-Chiann Wu, for the program of The China Society of Southern California, Chinatown, Los Angeles, June 3, 2013.

2005-2007 - Created two Chinoiserie designs for an important English eighteenth-century commode held in a private collection.  Co-executed the designs in European lacquer and gilding techniques following Stalker and Parker’s Treatise on Japanning of 1668.   

2005 - ‘Point-of-view’ talk relating to the “Imaging the Orient” exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, February 2005.

1999 - Lecture and painting demonstration of traditional Chinese painting at the National Academy School of Fine Arts, New York City, December 1999.

       
       

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