Shipei Wang Chinese-Swedish, b. 1993
Wang works predominantly using pigment and acrylic on Habotai silk, a method inspired by Tibetan Thangka scrolls.
Shipei Wang is a Chinese-Swedish painter and printmaker based in Glasgow, U.K. Working intuitively from both the front and backside of the material, Wang's paintings acquire a unique and eerie beauty, inviting the viewer to enter a trance-like dream state.
Repetitive appearances of the same tube-like form often feature in Shipei's surreal paintings alongside figuration, skillfully representing the human subconscious manifested from experiences of the everyday. Inseparably linked with the dreamlike rendering and ambiguous placement of human forms, the artist's subtle narratives draw their meaning from forgotten identities swept away by the banality of daily routine. In many instances, an unspoken urgency for intimacy and desire is mediated through the composition's stillness and somberness, reminiscent of mid-century Scandinavian figurative paintings.