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As a professional artist, I’ve always been appreciating the elegance, perfection, preciseness of classical paintings. In recent years I am motivated to reconstruct classical images through reflection photography and then use the photos as my painting sources. Having my models dress up and pose like the figures in classical paintings, I shoot pictures through the glass so there are reflections overlapping the images. The reason to use glass is from the universal feeling that there is a distance between original classical art and the masses. People appreciate original classical art but cannot access them easily. My approach is to bring the classical art out of the museum to reality and convey a dreamlike feeling. The audience can also feel they are traveling back to the past through the time tunnel. The reflections of modern urban environment on the reconstructed images are deconstructing them, fragmenting them and making them surreal. This is where the power of the image is from.
Yeqiang Wang Biography:
Yeqiang Wang was born in Sichuan China in 1965. He earned his BFA degree at Sichuan Institute of Fine Arts in China in 1991 and taught watercolor at the same institute for seven years. While in China he was known for painting cornfields. In 1998 he moved to Canada and earned his MFA degree at the University of Windsor in 2000. He has focused on painting “Reflection” series since 2001, using glass window as metaphor and figures as the subject to suggest his perception of Western culture as a diaspora. Recently he has been focusing on a new series of photography and painting project called “Return to Classicism”, using masterpieces as inspiration from the 15th-19th century in Europe. His paintings have been involved in a lot of exhibitions in China, Canada and the States and won numerous awards. Awards include Bronze Award in the 3rd and 4th Chinese National Watercolor and Gouache Competition in 1995 and 1998, Bronze Award in the 7th Chinese Watercolor Competition in 1997, Third Place in the Eighth National Juried Art Exhibition in Liberal, Kansas in 2005, Award of Excellence in the Northern National Art Competition in Wisconsin in 2006, Anita Bengtson Memorial Cash Award in Kansas Watercolor Society Great 8 Exhibition in 2006, Best of Show in 2016 National Juried Exhibition at Buchanan Center for the Arts in Illinois, First Place in Texas National 2017 at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches Texas and Best of Show in the National Juried Exhibition in Overland Park Kansas in 2017. He is now an Associate Professor of Painting at Washburn University in Topeka Kansas.
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