SONG WEI 宋玮
China

Song Wei | Porcelain Hamburger Abundance 余 | 2015 | Fiberglass Sculpture | 23cm x 23cm x 23cm

Song Wei | Porcelain Hamburger Abundance 余 | 2015 | Fiberglass Sculpture | 23cm x 23cm x 23cm

Song Wei | Mulan | 2015 | Signed and Numbered Limited Edition Print on Archival Paper with Artist's Hand-drawn Details All Unique | 60cm x 60cm

Song Wei | Mulan | 2015 | Signed and Numbered Limited Edition Print on Archival Paper with Artist's Hand-drawn Details All Unique | 60cm x 60cm

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Red walls. Green grass. 
Shiny porcelain hamburgers. 
Blue-and-white motif porcelain bear. 
Colourful magnolia flowers blossoming in spring. 

Song Wei is arguably one of the most popular Chinese young contemporary artists Singapore has seen in the last 8 years. Since his debut here in 2008, Song Wei’s artworks have been selling like hot cakes. There has been an appreciation both in market prices as well as levels of interest in his paintings, sculptures and prints. Collectors and galleries alike – in Singapore, Taiwan and China – have high demands for his works produced in heart-wrenching details, and hence the limited numbers released each year.

A Sichuan Fine Arts Institute alumni, Song Wei has taught at this China’s oldest art academy with the highest of standards since he graduated in 2005. He is greatly influenced by zeitgeist – the defining spirit of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of that time. He is classically trained by traditional teachers and yet, managed to liberate himself and embrace new techniques and attitudes. This is much due to the contemporary changes in the Far East. Song Wei seeks to draw what his heart feels for the different matters defining his ever-changing world.

You will immediately recognise his highly distinctive styles and heritage motifs. The blue-and-white motifs found on Ming Dynasty porcelain vases remain his unique signature. Red walls with peeling paint and tattered surfaces, colourful magnolia flowers blossoming in springtime, playful themes of modern-day toys and amusement, as well as the much-loved motif-covered porcelain bear, all much-sought-after works of a successful yet humble young artist based in Chongqing, China.

Song Wei’s bears are often depicted in everyday situations: eating a lollipop, playing with toys, and even sitting on a toilet bowl. While his works appear joyous, carefree and fun loving, there are undoubtedly deeper meanings behind them. His paintings not only remember his childhood memories and adult experiences, but also reflect the impact of Western merchandise, the changes in Chinese values and mentality, traditions and modernisation, honesty and controversy, capitalism and consumerism, as well as the welding of Eastern and Western cultures in our metropolitan societies.

Most recently, one of his most iconic works has been specially courted by an international bank. Across the globe, his Porcelain Hamburger will be seen in the bank’s publicity advertisements on print. The image was specifically selected for its representation of a perfect marriage between East and West, the hybrid aesthetics of both cultures, and a perfect ambassador for a bank that serves the world.

Besides his popular Porcelain Hamburger sculptures, Song Wei is also presenting limited edition prints of his larger original oil paintings exclusively through ARTTAG circle. These signed and numbered prints are only available through ARTTAG circle. ARTTAG circle also accepts commissioned works for Song Wei. He has participated in Affordable Art Fair Singapore Spring 2015, the inaugural Affordable Art Fair Seoul 2015, Korea, a group exhibition "Art of Sensory Acquaintance with Sichuan", Daegu Art Fair 2015 and Affordable Art Fair Singapore Autumn 2015 with ARTTAG circle.

Song Wei 

1980    Born in Le Shan, Sichuan Province, China
2004    Bachelor of Arts, Oil Painting Department, Sichuan Institute of Fine Arts
2007    Master of Arts, Oil Painting Department, Sichuan Institute of Fine Arts

Solo Exhibitions

2013    Beary Ambitious 2 (Art Taipei 2013, Taipei, Taiwan)
2013    Beary Ambitious 2 (MAD Museum of Art and Design, Singapore)
2010    Beary Ambitious: Play (MAD Museum of Art and Design, Singapore)
2008    Beary Ambitious (Jasmine Fine Arts, Singapore)
2007    CHINA BLUE 2: MY BEAR AND I (Studio Rouge, Shanghai)
2006    China BLUE (Studio Rouge, Shanghai)

Group Exhibitions

2015    Affordable Art Fair Autumn Edition Singapore (ARTTAG circle, Singapore)
2015    Daegu Art Fair, Daegu, Korea (ARTTAG circle, Singapore)
2015    Art of Sensory Acquaintance with Sichuan, Singapore (ARTTAG circle, Singapore)
2015    Affordable Art Fair Seoul, Korea (ARTTAG circle, Singapore)
2015    Affordable Art Fair Spring Edition Singapore (ARTTAG circle, Singapore)
2009    30 DEGREE, Red Gate Gallery (Beijing, China)
2008    Asia Contemporary Art Exhibition, Pier 92 (New York, USA)
2008    Shanghai Art Fair (Shanghai World Trade Centre, Shanghai, China)
2008    Young Artists Growing Up – A Selection of Oil Paintings from Sichuan Institute of Fine Art, Today Art Museum (Beijing, China)
2007    Sand Castles, Yan Huang Museum (Beijing, China)
2006    China-Korea Contemporary Art Exchange Exhibition (Busan, Korea)
2005    China-Korea Contemporary Art Exchange Exhibition (Jinshan, China)
2004    Post Graduate Exhibitions Sichuan Institute of Fine Arts (Chongqing, China)

 

关于宋玮

目前在母校重庆四川美术学院执教的宋玮,善于将中国传统文化符号与西方现代文明融为一体,并以充满童真和趣味的手法,表现中国当代社会中东西方文化撞击而产生的混杂美学。

经常出现在他油画里的标志性青花瓷小熊,或者同样披上青花瓷外衣的汉堡包雕塑,都反映了宋玮进行的思考:西方价值观对中国人的生活方式起着如何深远的影响,同时怎么改变了现代中国人的精神面貌。

另一方面,他绘制的可爱小熊、色彩鲜丽的红墙、绽放的粉红色玉兰花,代表他心中对青春岁月的深深缅怀,也是对逐渐式微的传统文化的叹息。

2015年,宋玮的青花瓷汉堡包雕塑被法国国际银行相中,买下两年版权,作为他们的平面广告设计,凸显中西文化的融和精神。

关于宋玮

1980  生于中国四川乐山
2004  毕业于四川美术学院油画系并考获学士学位
2006  毕业于中国美术学院油画系并考获硕士学位

个展

2013  雄心壮志:少年心,台北艺术博览会,台湾台北
2013  雄心壮志:少年心,复兴艺术馆,新加坡
2010  雄心壮志:乐趣,复兴艺术馆,新加坡
2008  熊心壮志,复兴艺术馆,新加坡
2007  中国蓝2:我和我的小熊,外滩红寨画廊,中国上海
2006  中国蓝,外滩红寨画廊,中国上海

联展

2015   平易艺术博览会秋季新加坡(意殊圈,新加坡)
2015   大邱艺术博览会,大邱,韩国(意殊圈,新加坡)
2015   再现感官 . 重译四川(意殊圈,新加坡)
2015   平易艺术博览会,首尔,韩国(意殊圈,新加坡)
2015   平易艺术博览会春季新加坡(意殊圈,新加坡)
2009  30 DEGREE(红门画廊,中国北京) 
2008  亚洲当代艺术博览会(PIER92,美国纽约) 
2008  上海艺术博览会(上海世贸商城,中国上海) 
2008  杂烩川美—油画新人在成长(今日美术馆,中国北京) 
2007  聚沙塔—中国新锐绘画大奖展览(炎黄美术馆,中国北京)
2006  中韩当代艺术作品交流展(韩国釜山)
2005  中韩当代艺术作品交流展(中国金山) 
2004  四川美术学院研究生年展(中国重庆)

宋玮自述

我出生于1980年,那时中国刚刚开始改革开放。回想这么多年的成长经历,我总觉得有一种“矛盾”的心理一直在伴随着我。

中国人比较注重传统的家庭观念,注重对孩子的教育,注重孩子对传统文化的学习。我也不例外。从小我的父母就有意识的按照中国传统的家庭教育方式教育我;很小的时候我就被父母带去学习国画、书法、小提琴等,父母当时的想法并不是希望我今后能成为一名艺术家,而是希望我能通过学习,为今后培养一门手艺而已。

作为八十年代出生的一代人,我们当时已经感觉到改革开放对我们产生的影响。当电子游戏机、台球、阿童木、电视、时装、麦当劳、摇滚乐等等新事物进入我们的生活时,它们便开始改变着我们的思维方式、生活态度和价值观念。而我们的父母则希望我们能遵从传统,他们总是怕我们过多的接触这些新奇的东西。

现实的生活方式总是和我们从小受到的教育产生背离。或许正是在传统与现代、新与旧的社会转型中,让我们产生了一直文化上的不确定感——这也正是一直纠缠着我的那种“矛盾”心理。我觉得我们是在中西文化的共同影响中成长起来的。个人价值标准的被颠覆,再重建、再颠覆……似乎一直伴随着我。这种“矛盾”的感觉是我始终丢不掉的个人体验,而它们也顺理成章的被我带到了现在的这批作品中。

大约是在大三的时候,我开始迷上了明清时的古董家具(木刻的窗花)和青花的瓷器。因为它们太精美,太典雅,所以深深地打动着我。这是一种和当代建立在广告、电影、电视之上的一种完全不同的视觉体验。于是,我逐渐沉迷在这些美丽的图案、精美的线条和纯正的颜色之中。

后来,在我的作品便开始出现了一些青花瓷器的符号。但是,我又觉得单纯的符号又与我现实生活的体验没有发生直接的关系。毕竟,在现实的生活中,我是一个爱听流行音乐,爱看大片,喜欢和同学一起泡在麦当劳吹空调,喜欢体验新奇生活方式的年轻人。

于是,我尝试在创作中把传统的青花纹饰和当前一些具有代表性的舶来品进行并置,让这些古与今、传统与现代的图像造成一种视觉阅读上的不顺畅感,以及心理上的异样感。而这种独特的体验正与我内心中的那种“矛盾”感是完美契合的,同时,这也反映了我们80年代初期出生的人的一种特殊的个人体验。