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"Chi-Sui Wang: Paintings, Drawings and Photographs"
2004-09-06 until 2004-10-18
Shire Pottery Gallery and Studios
Alnwick, , UK United Kingdom

Chi-Sui Wang presents paintings, photographs and drawings - a studio presentation for a PhD in Fine Art from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne; showing with studio porcelain by Ivar Mackay (porcelain on view from 13 September). In January 2002 Shire Pottery showed a vividly photographic image of lime green leaves in an oil painting by Chi-Sui Wang which illustrated the invitation card for our student group exhibition entitled "Contemporaries". The gallery kept in touch with Chi-Sui, and are now delighted to present paintings, drawings and photographs in a Studio Presentation for the completion of her PhD in Fine Art from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Since the discovery of linear perspective in 15th century Florence, when pinhole cameras were used for the first time to capture an image of real space, artists have been fascinated by the potential of optical aids for painting. In attempting to simulate or imitate the ‘real’ world using technological devices artists began a debate about the way in which the world can be represented in painting. Not only did the availability of optical aids raise concerns about the skills of artists, but with the arrival of cameras the very definition and value of art was put into question.

For her PhD research Chi Sui Wang has looked at the distinction between representation and reproduction in the context of paintings which depend, in part, on optical aids for their production. She explores how reality may be mediated through the lens, and how it can be rediscovered, interpreted and represented in paintings that embrace this technological process, thus enhancing the creative freedom of the artist.

The main body of Chi Sui Wang’s research is shown in this exhibition in a series of striking paintings in which photographic technique has become involved in the conception of the image. Her use of complementary colour, depth of field, blur, close-up and cropping in painting seems to intensify and transcend the reality of her subjects, offering the viewer a powerful sensory experience and proving that these works are not simply about the eye and nature.

Painter, photographer and graphic artist Chi-Sui Wang was born in Taiwan in 1975. After being awarded a BA in Fine Art from Taipei National University of the Arts in 1999, Chi-Sui Wang came to England in 2000 to further her practical research into photographic effects in painting at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. In 2001 she was invited to upgrade her research study to the level of a full PhD. Chi-Sui Wang has participated in a number of group and solo exhibitions in Taiwan. In November 2004 she will have a solo show at the Hia Shan Culture and Creative Industry Centre in Taipei, Taiwan.

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