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Wucius Wong Wang Wuxie

One of my favorite things about Valerie and her husband, Jim, is their curiosity.  Everything peeks their interest.  Perhaps it’s because they are both geographers, and geography, at its most basic level, is the study of the world, its systems, and its phenomena. Val and Jim are professionally curious.

It didn’t surprise me when Jim returned from a recent business trip, excited about a work he had seen in Hong Kong. Jim took this picture of the piece with his cell phone camera:

detail of lower right corner

We searched and searched,  and while we found other works in Wong’s “Valley of the Heart series,” we never tracked down this piece.   Information on Wucius Wong, one of China’s greatest living artists, was hard to find.  I blame China.   Because if there is one thing I’ve learned from my children, it’s that pinpointing who is at fault and assigning blame is very, very important.

Wucius Wong is Chinese, and was born in 1936.  He has lived in the United States and Hong Kong, and his works are sprinkled in collections and museums around the world.  In addition to painting he is a graphic designer, and has published several books on design.  In Pinyin, his name is Wang Wuxie.   He is a very, very big deal.

Let’s look at the work of Wucius Wong / Wang Wuxie, shall we?

Because it worked so well before, I won’t say a word.  I won’t explain, or tell you of the artist’s intent.  I’m eager to hear your thoughts.

Deep in the Mountains, 2005. Ink and color on paper, 79 x 79 cm.
Deep in the Mountains no.6, 2005. Ink on paper, 92 x 93 cm.
Converging Waters no. 2 , 2002. Mixed media on synthetic fabric, 83 x 180 cm
Valley of the Heart no. 9, 1998. Ink and color on paper 94 x 213 cm.
Waterfall Dream no. 1, 2000. Mixed media on paper, 66 x 68 cm
Waterfall Dream no. 2, 2001. Mixed media and collage on paper, 74 x 57 cm.
Water Melody no. 5, 2008. Ink and color on paper, 82 x 123 cm.
The artist at work: Wucius Wong.






4 thoughts on “Wucius Wong Wang Wuxie

  1. Just absolutely breathtaking. I also like the fact that most of his paintings refer to water and dreams. My most recurring dreams and new dreams, that I remember, have to do with water. Either I am swimming underneath the ocean, being able to breath and talk to who I meet there or it is waterfalls or big bath tubs full of water or huge swimming pools. I absolutely love his beautiful interpretations of his water dreams. Valley of the Heart no. 9 really caught my attention because at the top of the painting it seems a bit chaotic, strong, mountainous, the water I can feel and see is carving its way to the bottom, where it looks to me as if it becomes, peaceful, limpid, gentle as a stream or a peaceful gathering of calm water in a pool beneath a waterfall. I also feel that I can hear the water as well, bubbling along the smooth rocks. Thanks for sharing.

  2. My first impression was that these paintings took me through different layers. Some of them seem to be airborne, some of them just at the surface of things, and some of them, like the Water Melody, took me under and showed me the beauty from inside-out.
    I haven’t studied art, I have no educated opinion on this artist’s work, I’m just an addict to beauty.

  3. I think what I find most intriguing about the paintings as a geographer, is the air photo quality,and the dendritic pattern of the river in the Valley of the Heart if it is even supposed to be a river. It sparked my imagination and gave me a touch of recognition, and then emotion when I realized that it is not a map or air photo. I also love the monochromatic palette, and the way that the ink reacts with the paper to form shapes and patterns – another thing that we study in Geography. Geography is the study of patterns and processes over the Earths surface. Thanks for the lovely compliment Katie. I am your #1 fan for life – Valerie (the Va in Vaka!)

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