In 2014, Alisan Fine Arts presented “Beyond the Jade Terrace”, which showcased “four standout female artists,” including Wang Mengsha, “from China whose ink paintings offer a refreshingly new aesthetic sensibility”. With Gardens, we mark out first solo exhibition for Wang, showcasing 11 ink paintings created between 2014-2016. The paintings are simply composed, with fanciful scenes interspersed with colourful depictions of demure court maidens and beauties (shinǚ). Wang was inspired by the scenery and gardens from her hometown in Wuxi and Lake Taihu, and she combines elements from ancient literati painting albums, landscape paintings (shanshuihua), with paintings of beauties. As the gallery celebrates its 35th Anniversary of promoting contemporary Chinese art, we are excited to see how a new generation of artists incorporates and innovates on a long and varied tradition.
About the Artist
1982, Wuxi Jiangsu China
Born in 1982 Wuxi, Wang grew up in an artistic family. In 2006 she graduated from the Xi’an Academy of Fine Art, having studied animation. Since then she has completed advanced studies at Griffith University, in Queensland Australia, and the University of Southampton, in the United Kingdom. After returning to China, she became a full time artist. She has been honoured with many awards, including in 2009 when the Beijing magazine Chinese Painting selected her as one of “China’s Young Artists Most Deserving of Immediate Media Attention”. In 2011 Bazaar Art magazine selected her artwork as one of “The 100 Most Favourite Artworks of the Year”. In 2013 the Beijing magazine National Arts awarded her the “Golden Star Prize”. She currently lives and works in Beijing and Wuxi.
She has exhibited at the University of Edinburgh Library, UK; Galerie 99, Germany; China Cultural Centre, Tokyo, Japan; International Art Centre, Jeju, South Korea; Today Art Museum, Beijing; Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai; College of Fine Art Nanjing Art Institute, Nanjing, China. Her work is collected by the New Hall Art Collection, a permanent collection of modern and contemporary art by women artists of Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, UK.