Tian Wei was born in Xi’an, the once imperial capital known for its Terra-Cotta Army, he left China for Hawaii to pursue a career in the arts in 1986. Tian Wei uses familiar English words and phrases presented in the form of Chinese calligraphy. These chosen words transport the viewer into the artist’s cultural heritage of both the Eastern and Western hemispheres.
The workshops during this exhibition will examine words and their meaning. His work links to the idea of place, particularly cultural or personal identities that change and evolve over time and explore painterly abstraction and text. This workshop is adaptable to all students from early years right through to A Level master classes.
Themes: abstract painting, words, personal identity and meanings
Cross Curricular Links: Literacy and cultural studies