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Wenqin Chen MA

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About Wenqin Chen

Wenqin Chen was born in 1979 in Fujian, Zhang Zhou, where he studied at the Art&Design School of Fuzhou University during 1995-1999. In Sep. 1999 he studied at the Academy of Art and Design, Tsinghua University in Beijing before going abroad for a MA degree at the Winchester School of Art, Southampton University in UK. Since 2007 he has been teaching in University. His academic pursuit, he bases in the Chinese culture and pursue an understanding of the western world and its culture with a main focus in European modern art. Since 2000`s, Wenqin Chen has used Chinese calligraphy, sculpture and installation to explore the relationship between life, art and their diversity. He created the work "Human Civilization, Spirit and Strength" (2004 MA final degree show). The beings of life, the analysis of our current living environment tensions and the wonder of the human experience have set Wenqin’s intellectual inquiry. He explains: "When we recognize this resource of life, we will then cherish it.”He also uses some readymade directly into his own artistic forms, through combination and installation showing its meaning. The representative art works of this period are: “Speciment” (2007), “Hot Bed” (2007) and “Up Side Down” (2007) which won the runner-up of the annual competition at British Saatchi Gallery in 2009, etc. While contemplating the origin of life, Wenqin Chen became fascinated and inspired by the forms of the human baby and created a series of works inspired by it. As an example, the instalation of work "Your Turn" (2008), he explained: "The great life is growing in the competition,”and the “Life Posture”.During the following year (2009), he created the work of “Standing Egg” which realized his thought: "Can we then push the thinking of the origin of life forward? Thisthought advances our understanding of the life cycle and distills its meaning with the simplicity of an embryo.” For all of time, the egg and the embryo are the most enduring and significant beings existents and are at the basis of perpetuating life itself. As a source of inspirationand research Wenqin Chen studied extensively the human body, various scientific journals and statements, real life examples, and countless images. Examples are illustrated in the series of works“Before a baby comes out of its mother`s body” (2011-2015) and "Beautiful Evolution" (2013-present). In analyzing the life body with its infinitepossibilities, Wenqin Chen’s subject of enquiry emerged. Of equal importance, he is passionate about the dialog created between the positive and negative spaces that surround his work. As a way of expressing “the energy of space,” he emphasizes the momentum of the object to symbolize life’s release or “birth,”while extending the implied energy field to its largest range. The representative works are: "pregnant" (2001), "Endless Curve" (2009) (which won the Public Speaks at the Broomhill National Sculpture Prize 2011 in UK), "Moving" (2012), "Expanding" (2014), "Water Drop" (2014), "Story Beginning" (2015) and a series work of "Be in Here" (2015). Within his exploration of the life, the egg is reduced into its essence as atoms, molecules, or cells. When combinedwith things or objects, a physical or chemical reaction occurs which has been the basis for these sculptures: “Is it mine”? (2013-2015),“Kissing” (2015), and“Belonging” (2015).“When we look at these structures under a microscope, each object has its own constituent elements alive, jumping and wiggling.” Sculptures inspired by this phenomenon are within a series of work,“Bring Out” (2009), “Bring Out No.1” which has been short listed for the inaugural Spitalfields Sculpture Prize in London, and“Loving” (2010), etc. To further explore this microscopic physical event, Wenqin Chen is capturing it visually in two dimensional works.Paintings of bright colors bring rich emotion and vitality to the canvas. These representative works include: A series of "Miraculous Journey" (2010) and "Stories of Story" (2015- present). These arcs of simplicity expressed with color diversity are not pre-designed. They are a visual representation through the process of comprehending and elaborating on the vastness of life. "Everything has life, life is everywhere." This is the truth Wenqin Chen consistently explores in his works. Along with this truth he continues to make works which will stimulate our psychological and physiological reactions.
Sculptor Wenqin Chen MA

Exhibition History of Wenqin Chen

2000 Work of “New Generation” was selected for the Science and Art exhibition at the China Art Gallery, CHINA; 2003 Installation work of “Human Civilization, Spirit and Strength” showed in the Winchester Gallery in Winchester, UK; 2004 Solo show at FarmiloFiumano Gallery in London, UK; 2006 Series works of “Perfect” showed at the Cavendish Gallery, UK; 2007 "Color of Life - the sculpture exhibition theme of human and environment” showed in Xiamen, CHINA; 2007 Work of “Will Be” showed at the Third Songzhuang Art Festival in Beijing, CHINA; 2008 Work of “Changing” was selected for the first sculpture exhibition of Fujian Province at Xiamen City Art Gallery, CHINA; 2008 Work of “Life Posture No.1” showed at the Third exchange exhibition of Chinese and South Korean sculpture in Beijing, CHINA; 2008 Work of “Comparison No.1” I showed at the Tallinn Winter Exhibition, ESTONIA; 2008 Works of “Changing”, “Up Side Down” and “Kang” showed at the First Cross-Strait China Cultural Industry Fair in Xiamen, CHINA; 2008 Work of “Life Posture No.1” show at the Open Exhibition "IN COMMON" New Greenham Arts UK; 2009 Work of “Comparison No.1” showed at the Art of Peace 2009 Exhibition, USA; 2010 Work of “Standing Egg” was selected for the first international contemporary art festival of China Jime, CHINA; 2011 The work of “Endless Curve” showed at China•Holland Contemporary Art Exhibition, CHINA; 2012 Work of “Standing Egg” showed at the exhibition of Asian contemporary sculptor, CHINA; 2013 Work of “Is it mine?” showed in the Beautiful Fujian First Sculpture Exhibition, Fujian; 2014 Work was selected and showed in the France – China, 1964-2014 a time of recognition and friendship art exhibition featuring 50 Chinese artists in Paris, FRANCE 2015 Work of “Forward and Backward” showed at the 2015 Art Xiamen Fair, China; 2016 Work of “Be In Here” showed at the Channel of cutting-edge sculpture exhibition, China; 2916 Work of “Be In Here” showed at the 2016 Art Xiamen Fair, China; 2016 “Pregnancy•Tribute to Motherhood” – Wenqin Chen art work public show in Xiamen, China;

Biography / CV of Wenqin Chen

Wenqin Chen was born in 1979 in Fujian, Zhang Zhou, where he studied at the Art&Design School of Fuzhou University during 1995-1999. In Sep. 1999 he studied at the Academy of Art and Design, Tsinghua University in Beijing before going abroad for a MA degree at the Winchester School of Art, Southampton University in UK. Since 2007 he has been teaching in University. His academic pursuit, he bases in the Chinese culture and pursue an understanding of the western world and its culture with a main focus in European modern art. Since 2000`s, Wenqin Chen has used Chinese calligraphy, sculpture and installation to explore the relationship between life, art and their diversity. He created the work "Human Civilization, Spirit and Strength" (2004 MA final degree show). The beings of life, the analysis of our current living environment tensions and the wonder of the human experience have set Wenqin’s intellectual inquiry. He explains: "When we recognize this resource of life, we will then cherish it.”He also uses some readymade directly into his own artistic forms, through combination and installation showing its meaning. The representative art works of this period are: “Speciment” (2007), “Hot Bed” (2007) and “Up Side Down” (2007) which won the runner-up of the annual competition at British Saatchi Gallery in 2009, etc. While contemplating the origin of life, Wenqin Chen became fascinated and inspired by the forms of the human baby and created a series of works inspired by it. As an example, the instalation of work "Your Turn" (2008), he explained: "The great life is growing in the competition,”and the “Life Posture”.During the following year (2009), he created the work of “Standing Egg” which realized his thought: "Can we then push the thinking of the origin of life forward? Thisthought advances our understanding of the life cycle and distills its meaning with the simplicity of an embryo.” For all of time, the egg and the embryo are the most enduring and significant beings existents and are at the basis of perpetuating life itself. As a source of inspirationand research Wenqin Chen studied extensively the human body, various scientific journals and statements, real life examples, and countless images. Examples are illustrated in the series of works“Before a baby comes out of its mother`s body” (2011-2015) and "Beautiful Evolution" (2013-present). In analyzing the life body with its infinitepossibilities, Wenqin Chen’s subject of enquiry emerged. Of equal importance, he is passionate about the dialog created between the positive and negative spaces that surround his work. As a way of expressing “the energy of space,” he emphasizes the momentum of the object to symbolize life’s release or “birth,”while extending the implied energy field to its largest range. The representative works are: "pregnant" (2001), "Endless Curve" (2009) (which won the Public Speaks at the Broomhill National Sculpture Prize 2011 in UK), "Moving" (2012), "Expanding" (2014), "Water Drop" (2014), "Story Beginning" (2015) and a series work of "Be in Here" (2015). Within his exploration of the life, the egg is reduced into its essence as atoms, molecules, or cells. When combinedwith things or objects, a physical or chemical reaction occurs which has been the basis for these sculptures: “Is it mine”? (2013-2015),“Kissing” (2015), and“Belonging” (2015).“When we look at these structures under a microscope, each object has its own constituent elements alive, jumping and wiggling.” Sculptures inspired by this phenomenon are within a series of work,“Bring Out” (2009), “Bring Out No.1” which has been short listed for the inaugural Spitalfields Sculpture Prize in London, and“Loving” (2010), etc. To further explore this microscopic physical event, Wenqin Chen is capturing it visually in two dimensional works.Paintings of bright colors bring rich emotion and vitality to the canvas. These representative works include: A series of "Miraculous Journey" (2010) and "Stories of Story" (2015- present). These arcs of simplicity expressed with color diversity are not pre-designed. They are a visual representation through the process of comprehending and elaborating on the vastness of life. "Everything has life, life is everywhere." This is the truth Wenqin Chen consistently explores in his works. Along with this truth he continues to make works which will stimulate our psychological and physiological reactions.

Awards and Prizes of Wenqin Chen

2000 Attained the Third Prize of the international Snow Carving Competition in Harbin CHINA; 2009 Work of “Bring Out” has been short listed for the inaugural Spitalfields Sculpture Prize in London UK; 2009 work of "Up Side Down" trees won the runner up of the 4th showdown at Saatchi Gallery UK; 2011 work of “Endless Curve” won the Public Speaks at the Broomhill National Sculpture Prize 2011 in UK.

Acquisitions / Collections of work by Wenqin Chen

2009 Work of “Bring Out” collected by Spitalfields in London, UK; 2010 Work of “Infinity Curve” collected by Prof. Dr. h.c. Viktor Dulger donated to the City of Heidelberg, GERMANY; 2011 Work of “Endless Curve” collected by the Broomhill National Sculpture Gardens, UK; 2011 Work of “Endless Curve” Private collection NE, USA; 2011 Work of “Infinity Curve” Private collection Safat, Kuwait; 2012 Work of “Endless Curve” collected by furniture designer John Makepeace, London, UK; 2013 Work of “Infinity Curve” collected by the Signal Mutual Indemnity Association Ltd. USA; 2014 Work of “Infinity Curve” collected by the Farleigh Properties Limited. Bath, UK; 2014 Work of “Moving” Private collection OH, USA; 2014 Work of “Water Drop” collected by Prominent Heidelberg, GERMANY; 2014 Work of “Infinity Curve” Private collection Hants, UK; 2015 Work of “Moving” collected by The orangerie international ltd, HongKong; 2015 Works of “Waving”、“Growing”、“Eendless Curve”、“Moving”、“Stretching” and “Expanding” collected by the Arab National Bank, Arab; 2015 Work of “Infinity Curve” Private collection Arizona, USA; 2016 Work of “Stretching” collected by the Artelier Art Consultancy,UK; 2016 Work of “Connecting” Private collection São Paulo, Brasil; 2016 Work of “Forward and backward” collected by the Artlink, Tel Aviv, Israel

Qualifications / Education of Wenqin Chen

1999.07 Graduated from Arts&Design School of Fuzhou University, CHINA; 2001.07 Graduated from Academy of Arts&Design Tsinghua University 2004.10 MA in the Winchester School of Art, Southampton University, UK;

Teaching Experience

lecturer at Xiamen University

Price Range of Work

Wenqin Chen's work has a price range from £3,200 to £324,000

Mediums utilised

Wenqin Chen's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Wenqin Chen's work is found in the following categories on site:
Stainless Steel Abstract Contemporary Modern Sculpture (34)
Abstract Contemporary or Modern Outdoor Outside Exterior Garden / Yard Sculptures Statues statuary (31)
Abstract Loop Indoor and Outside Sculptures / Statues / statuettes (22)
Abstract Contemporary or Modern Large Public Art sculpture Statues statuary (19)
Minimalist Understated Abstract Contemporary Sculpture statuary statuettes (18)
Focal Point Abstract Contemporary Modern sculpture statue (13)
Modern Abstract Contemporary Avant Garde Sculptures or Statues or statuettes or statuary (12)
Garden Or Yard / Outside and Outdoor Sculptures (12)
Indoor Inside Interior Abstract Contemporary Modern Sculpture / statue / statuette / figurine (12)
Fabricated Metal Abstract sculpture (10)
Geometric Sculpture Statues statuary statuettes. Usually Abstract Contemporary Modern work (7)
Repetitive Form / Shape Abstract Sculptures / Statues (5)
Round Disk, Dish, Flat Circular Ring Shaped Sculptures / Statues statuette statuary (5)
Small / Little Abstract Contemporary Sculptures / Statues (4)
Public Art Sculpture (4)
Corporate Sculptures (4)
Spherical Globe like Ball shaped Round Abstract Contemporary sculpture statue statuette (4)
Symmetric Sculptures / Statues / statuettes / statuary (3)
Happiness / Joy / Exuberance / Wild Pleasure sculpture (2)
Poolside Sculptures (2)
Objects of desire Sculptures (2)
Angular Abstract Modern Contemporary sculpture statuary (2)
Monumental Contemporary Abstract Modern Sculptures (2)
Tabletop Desktop Small Indoor Statuettes Figurines Sculptures (2)
Organic / Abstract Sculpture
Contemplative, Restful, Thougtful Sculptures
Outsize, Very Big, Extra Large and Massive Sculptures
Column Pillar Columnar Stele sculpture statue statuary
Interior, Indoors, Inside Sculpture
Fantasy sculpture or Statue
Painted Coloured Tinted Patinated Enamelled Sculptures Statues statuettes
Abstract Dance / Dancer Sculptures
Abstract Contemporary Modern Civic Urban sculpture statue statuary
Square Rectangular Cube shaped Abstract sculpture statue
Monumental Sculptures

ArtParkS Sculpture Park Yearly exhibitions

Wenqin Chen's work has been exhibited at the following yearly exhibitions held at the ArtParkS sculpture park:
2016 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
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