He Wei 何伟

He Wei focuses on paint and process in his work. Utilizing brushes, sticks, rollers, scrapers, and watering cans, he applies thinned oil or acrylic paint to canvases on the floor to create semi-random atmospheric abstractions. In his new work, he incorporates hard-edge geometric interventions into compositions to yield pulsating color combinations. This interplay between expressive gesture and deliberate mark-making reflects a tension between freedom and control, a central thematic undercurrent of He’s practice.

He Wei was born in Xin Jiang, China, in 1980; he currently works and lives in Beijing. In 2005, he graduated from Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts, Chongqing, where he majored in oil painting. His recent solo and two-person exhibitions include He Wei & Tang Maohong, ShanghART, Beijing (2019); Primary Colour, C-Space, Beijing (2016); and Contradiction, Telescope, Beijing (2015). His recent group exhibitions include Dual Solo Exhibition of He Wei & Tang Maohong, ShanghART, Beijing (2019); A Composite Leviathan, Luhring Augustine Bushwick, New York (2019); Under the sign of the internet-connections and double meanings, CLC Gallery Venture, Beijing (2019); The Wind in The Willows, C-Space+Local, Beijing (2018); 4x3+4x6+1.5x9, OFF Space, Beijing (2017); and Interpretive Complexity, Tong Gallery, Beijing (2017).

Selected Works
No. 134, 2018
oil on canvas, 70 7/8 x 63 inches
No. 135,
oil on canvas, 90 1/2 x 63 inches
Selected Press
Exhibitions & Programs