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Behind the looking glass with Chinese painter Wu Yi

Oils are ingrained in the very being of the Chinese painter and highlighted in ‘A Snap of Life’

Wu Yi probably has a mixture of blood and oils running through his veins.

His paternal grandfather Wu Guoxun was a student of the influential Jiang Zhaohe at the Beiping Jinghua School of Art in the 1930s. His parents and siblings are also painters.

In Wu Yi’s latest exhibition, A Snap of Life, 53 of his oil paintings are on show from six different series. They include Military Life (2005), Legation Quarter Hotel (2006), and Beijing Winter (2008).

“He is a ‘painter’s painter,’ whose heart, hands, and eyes work in perfect concert. Wu Yi has charted a unique course in contemporary ink, but he has also found a distinct style of oil painting,” Tang Contemporary Art stated.

Wu Yi’s solo exhibition, entitled A Snap of Life, runs until March 13 at the Tang Contemporary Art gallery in Hong Kong.

Chemistry Laboratory | 2010

Material: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 50 cm x 40 cm

Image: Courtesy of Tang Contemporary Art

Corner Tower | 2008

Material: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 30 cm x 40 cm

Image: Courtesy of Tang Contemporary Art

Dongsi North Avenue | 2008

Material: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 30 cm x 40 cm

Image: Courtesy of Tang Contemporary Art

Female Soldiers 2 | 2005

Material: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 50 cm x 40 cm

Image: Courtesy of Tang Contemporary Art

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