Chambers Fine Art is pleased to announce the opening of Shen Wei Movements
July 23, 2007. This is Shen Wei’s first solo exhibition of his abstract
paintings in New York City, which is held in conjunction with the
premier of Second Visit to the Empress
at the Lincoln Center
Festival from July 24-July 29, 2007. This special performance exhibits
Shen Wei’s unique blend of dance, virtuosic music and dialog into his
first opera production.
Shen Wei is a painter, costume and set designer, photographer,
film-maker, dancer and choreographer. Most commentaries on Shen Wei
reverse the order of his accomplishments since, of course, he has
gained fame primarily as a dancer and choreographer. Yet the visual
arts have played a key role in the development of his choreography
since the premieres of Folding
and Near the Terrace
in 2000 and from childhood his interest in painting has often rivaled in intensity his devotion to dance and music.
use of paint and canvas is simply another means of expression for Shen
Wei. Painting provides him a different kind of control over the composition and elicits a tangible expression of his creativity,
one that dance does not allow. Shen Wei’s blends his choreography and
music to create paintings transforming canvases into continuous loops
and dynamic lines. His brushstrokes relay an energy that is a visible
result of his choreographed movements. With long strokes and abrupt
stops, Shen Wei is able to explore color adding depth and dimension to
his sharp rhythmic turns and spirals.
Shen Wei was
born in Hunan Province in 1969. His father was a traditional Chinese
Opera performer, director and costume designer and his mother was a
theater producer. Living in the building that housed the theater, he
was from his earliest years exposed to the world of music and dance.
With his two brothers, he received instruction in Chinese painting and
calligraphy from his father.
Traditional painting is divided into two major categories, gongbi
The former is associated with the Northern or Academic style and is
characterized by details brushwork and close attention to details while
the latter is associated with the Southern or Literati style. Initially
Shen Wei favoured the gongbi
manor, painting a series of
landscapes that he still remembers fondly, but since 2002, he has
returned to more approaches characterized by the term xieyi
Chinese. To a considerable extent, his development as a painter has
developed within these parameters that he was first exposed to as a
young boy, the more abstract xieyi
approach conquering gongbi
in his painting after 2002.
his dance and choreography career has taken flight, Shen Wei’s
attention is constantly pulled back to painting. Chambers Fine Art is
delighted to share these works to his admiring audience.