A graduate of Chinese Painting at the Department of Fine Arts in Capital Normal University, Tian Wei subsequently perfected his craft under the tutelage of Mr. Jia Youfu (CAFA) and Mr. Du Dakai (Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua). Tian makes great use of ink spread by a liberal use of water in his ink mixture, layering shades upon shades of different saturation flowing out like a shimmering white light from the center of the paper, now completely soaked in water and ink, leaving the impression of airy ink strokes streaming with an inner dynamic. This empty center, etched out by the surrounding ink colours instead of painted directly, is imbued with an unseen light brimming out of a thick black wall.
The “forced” emptiness is inspired by the aesthetics of blankness in Chinese ink painting, whereby a white space is not simply left out, untouched and at rest, a positive space left empty on the plane of the paper, but is in fact enlivened by the contrasting surrounding space which makes the emptiness come to life, endowed with a vague glimmer, a white light restlessly vibrating at the infancy of a universe which seems to be at the point of coming to being. Sometimes, Tian adds to this vague haze a little colour such as emerald green or ocher red, brewing an organic potentiality which evokes a primordial world.
Tian Wei,’NO.3 SHU ER’136cm x 49cm, Ink, mineral colour and watercolour on rice paper, 2014
Tian Wei,’JI’298cm x 97cm, Ink, mineral colour and watercolour on rice paper, 2014
Tian Wei, ‘TING WU’97cm x 97cm, Ink, mineral colour and watercolour on rice paper, 2014
Tian Wei, ‘NO.1 SHI ER’136cm x 47cm, Ink, mineral colour and watercolour on rice paper, 2014