Guan Wei: Chivalry - Art Collector

Guan Wei, Chivalry No.9, 2018, acrylic on linen, 180 x 140 cm. Courtesy: the artist and ARC ONE GALLERY, Melbourne.

  Guan Wei is a storyteller. Throughout his more than 30-year art practice, his distinctive style has combined Australian and Chinese influences to weave profound narratives of loss, migration, identity, colonisation, and place. Working across painting, sculpture and installation, he merges eastern and western philosophies, art histories, eras and empires, signs and symbols, to create imaginary cross-cultural realms that explore contemporary issues and hopes for a better world.
  
In Chivalry, Guan Wei examines ideas of honour and virtue through a series of theatrical tableaux inspired by the Middle Ages. “I have been seeking new directions in my painting for many years”, says the artist, “exploring new possibilities and making breakthroughs from my existing style toward new territory. Quite unexpectedly, reading and learning about the knights of the Middle Ages was a turning point in me. I was mesmerised by their stories.” Utilising the flowing rhythm of Eastern ink painting, calligraphy, and sketching, Guan Wei brings the realm of medieval fantasy to life. Noble jousts, sword-fights, romantic adventures, and heroic gestures, play out across his canvases evoking ideals and values that were once used to navigate lives. In the face of increasing alienation, digitalisation, virtual reality, and global change, Chivalry invites us to reflect on our humanity.
 
Exhibition opens: 6-8pm, Wednesday 14 November 2018
Exhibition closes: 20 December 2018
Location: ARC ONE GALLERY, 45 Flinders Lane Melbourne VIC 3000
Website: arcone.com.au
Phone: 03 9650 0589
Email: mail@arc1gallery.com


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