Movements: Paintings by Shen Wei
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. The 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.
While 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.