New dreamlike abstract expressionist paintings from Wei Jia

Influenced by the Western Abstract Expressionist movement, Wei Jia thrives in freedom and non-structural living. He is known for his fast and quick brushstrokes. Wei Jia’s solo exhibition Sudden Brilliance runs from March 12 to May 14 2017 at Michael Ku Gallery, Taipei.

In contrast with the other works, the artist explores a more balanced and harmonious combination of different shades of brown in his work here. It shows a dog lying on the floor, its eyes gazing at the viewer in a playful manner. Take note that Wei Jia doesn’t own a dog.

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At first, the viewer is led to think that this painting is a landscape picture of a waterfalls. After the viewer look closely, one can see that there’s a figure of a man at the lower left corner of the painting. This painting suggests that in life we may only see the outside and not what lies underneath. Perhaps, someone looks like he’s all put together, but in real life, underneath the façade of success, his personal life is chaotic. Or perhaps, this painting alludes to man’s quest to confront what lies beyond him. Look at the brushstrokes on the surface of the waterfalls. They’re loose and long, accentuating the height and magnanimity of the falls. The brushstrokes on the lower part of the painting look like they’re either rocks or bushes.

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A self-portrait of the artist, this painting shows the whole body of a man, naked. His mouth and his private part erased by colorful strokes of paint. The artist has the tendency to complete a work and erase it or alter it. But in the end, the thing he wants to hide becomes obvious to the viewer. The forceful colored stripes and strong brush strokes seem to be the artist’s trademark.

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In this painting, there are two men. Both are on either sides of the river. The river alludes to time that continuously pass through our hands when we’re juggling too much work. The man holding the gun represents us who are too focused on the everyday life that we lose track of time. The drips and the brush strokes depict explosion.

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There’s a man whose foot is submerged in the swamp. We don’t know if he’s about to climb up from the swap or get off it. This transports us back to a dreamscape.

swampYouth Survivor of a Bygone Age, 2016, Acrylic on Canvas, 190x270cm (Photo courtesy of Michael Ku Gallery)

The background of this painting was painted by the artist. True to his nature of altering his paintings when completed, he painted over the background again. The two figures on the middle ground are looking over the background which could be anything. The brushstrokes of the artist are fast.IMG_5698

Wei Jia admits that he doesn’t like structure. Even running some paper work like applying for ID or other things. He would ask other people to do it for him. He thrives in freedom. After accepting the position as director of the printing department, his time to paint lessened. This requires him to use sharp and forceful brushwork in his paintings.

This painting is surreal. We see a guy leaning on a tree trunk in a forest. The guy is dreaming. Is it he who is dreaming or us the viewers looking at the picture?

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In this painting, we see see vertical, horizontal, and circular brushstrokes at play. We also see the sun that looks like an opening that brightens up the mountains. At the center we see a man ready to take on the quest that is much bigger than his capabilities.

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