Since 2000's, Wenqin Chen has used Chinese calligraphy, sculpture and installation to explore the relationship between life, art and their diversity. He created the work "Human Civilization, Spirit And Strength" (2004 MA final degree show). The beings of life, the analysis of our current living environment tensions and the wonder of the human experience have set Wenqin’s intellectual inquiry. He explains: "When we recognize this resource of life, we will then cherish it.”He also uses some readymade directly into his own artistic forms, through combination and installation showing its meaning. The representative art works of this period are: “Speciment” (2007), “Kang?!” (2007) and “Up Side Down” (2007) which won the runner-up of the annual competition at British Saatchi Gallery in 2009, etc.
While contemplating the origin of life, Wenqin Chen became fascinated and inspired by the forms of the human baby and created a series of works inspired by it. As an example, the instalation of work "Your Turn"(2008), he explained: "The great life is growing in the competition,”and the “Life Posture”.During the following year (2009), he created the work of “Standing Egg” which realized his thought: "Can we then push the thinking of the origin of life forward? Thisthought advances our understanding of the life cycle and distills its meaning with the simplicity of an embryo.” For all of time, the egg and the embryo are the most enduring and significant beings existents and are at the basis of perpetuating life itself. As a source of inspirationand research Wenqin Chen studied extensively the human body, various scientific journals and statements, real life examples, and countless images. Examples are illustrated in the series of works“Before A Baby Comes Out Of Its Mother's Body” (2011-2015) and "Beautiful Evolution" (2013-2016).
In analyzing the life body with its infinitepossibilities, Wenqin Chen’s subject of enquiry emerged. Of equal importance, he is passionate about the dialog created between the positive and negative spaces that surround his work. As a way of expressing “the energy of space,” he emphasizes the momentum of the object to symbolize life’s release or “birth,”while extending the implied energy field to its largest range. The representative works are: "pregnant" (2001), "Endless Curve" (2009)(which won the Public Speaks at the Broomhill National Sculpture Prize 2011 in UK), "Moving" (2012), "Extending" (2014), "Dropping" (2014), "Story Beginning" (2015) and a series work of "Be In Here" (2015).
Within his exploration of the life, the egg is reduced into its essence as atoms, molecules, or cells. When combinedwith things or objects, a physical or chemical reaction occurs which has been the basis for these sculptures: “Is It Mine”? (2013-2015),“Kissing”(2015), and“Belonging”(2015).“When we look at these structures under a microscope, each object has its own constituent elements alive, jumping and wiggling.” Sculptures inspired by this phenomenon are within a series of work,“Bring Out” (2009), which has been short listed for the inaugural Spitalfields Sculpture Prize in London, and“Love Forever” (2010), etc.
To further explore this microscopic physical event, Wenqin Chen is capturing it visually in two dimensional works.Paintings of bright colors bring rich emotion and vitality to the canvas. These representative works include: A series of "Stories Of Story" (2015-present), "Black Net" (2018-present) and "Red Yellow Blue in Net" (2019-present). These curves and lines of simplicity expressed with color diversity are not pre-designed. They are a visual representation through the process of comprehending and elaborating on the vastness of life.
"Everything has life, life is in everywhere." This is the truth Wenqin Chen consistently explores in his works. Along with this truth he continues to make works which will stimulate our psychological and physiological reactions.
Wenqin Chen was born in 1979 in Fujian, Zhang Zhou, where he studied at the Art & Design School of Fuzhou University during 1995-1999. In Sep. 1999 he studied at the Academy of Art and Design, Tsinghua University in Beijing before going abroad for a MA degree at the Winchester School of Art, Southampton University, UK in 2002. Since 2007 he has been teaching in Xiamen University. His academic pursuit, he bases in the Chinese culture and pursue an understanding of the western world and its culture with a main focus in European modern art.
2000 Attained the Third Prize of the international Snow Carving Competition in Harbin CHINA;
2009 Work of “Bring Out” has been short listed for the inaugural Spitalfields Sculpture Prize in London UK;
2009 work of "Up Side Down" trees won the runner up of the 4th showdown at Saatchi Gallery UK;
2011 work of “Endless Curve” won the Public Speaks at the Broomhill National Sculpture Prize 2011 in UK.
Selected Articles and Reviews
2007 installation work of “Specimen” has been published in the Sun newspaper with the name of “The World at One O’clock” on May 28 2007, UK；
The work also has been published in the Banner of the Boston –
Bay State on July 19 2007.
2009 Work of “Bring Out” collected by Spitalfields in London, UK;
2010 Work of “Infinity Curve” collected by Prof. Dr. h.c. Viktor Dulger donated to the City of Heidelberg, GERMANY;
2010 Work of “Standing Egg”was collected by the President and CEO of Prominent Prof. Dr. Andreas Dulger, Germany;
2011 Work of “Endless Curve” collected by the Broomhill National Sculpture Gardens, UK;
2011 Work of “Endless Curve” Private collection NE, USA;
2011 Work of “Infinity Curve” Private collection Safat, Kuwait;
2012 Work of “Endless Curve” collected by furniture designer John Makepeace, London, UK;
2012 Work of “Standing Egg”was collected by the President and CEO of Prominent Prof. Dr. Andreas Dulger, Germany;
2013 Work of “Infinity Curve” collected by the Signal Mutual Indemnity Association Ltd. USA;
2014 Work of “Infinity Curve” collected by the Farleigh Properties Limited. Bath, UK；
2014 Work of “Standing Egg” was showed in the France – China, 1964-2014 a time of recognition and friendship art exhibition featuring 50 Chinese artists in Paris, and was collected by the organizing committee FRANCE
2014 Work of “Moving” Private collection OH, USA;
2014 Work of “Water Drop” collected by the Prominent Heidelberg, Germany;
2014 Work of “Infinity Curve” Private collection Hants, UK;
2015 Work of “Moving” collected by The orangerie international ltd, HongKong;
2015 Works of “Waving”、“Growing”、“Eendless Curve”、“Moving”、“Stretching” and “Expanding” collected by the Arab National Bank, Arab;
2015 Work of “Infinity Curve” Private collection Arizona, USA；
2016 Work of “Stretching” collected by the Artelier Art Consultancy,
2016 Work of “Connecting” Private collection São Paulo, Brasil;
2016 Work of “Forward and backward” collected by the Artlink, Tel
2016 Work of “Endless Curve” collected by the Prominent Heidelberg, Germany;
2017 Work of “Endless Curve” collected by Ruth Willmott Associates, London, UK;
2017 Work of “Growing” Private collection from Missouri, USA;
2018 Work of “Waving” Private collection from California, USA;
2018 Work of “Endless Curve” Moscow Public Art Fund, Russia;
2018 Work of “Endless Curve” and “Extending” collected by Continental Art Gallery, France;
2018 Work of “Waving” and “Extending” collected by Cavatina Group, Poland;
2018 Work of “Growing” collected by Saatchi Art, UK;
2018 Work of “Endless Curve” collected by Norton Healthcare, Kentucky, USA;
2018 Work of “Forward and backward” collected by Artling, Singapore;
2019 Work of “Moving” Private collected, USA;
2019 Work of "Be In Here III" and "Be In Here IV" Private collected, USA;
2019 Work of "Dancing" Private collected, Portugal;
2020 Work of "Endless Curve" Private collected from Washington DC, USA;
2000 Work of “New Generation” was selected for the Science and Art exhibition at the China Art Gallery, CHINA;
2003 Installation work of “Human Civilization, Spirit and Strength” showed in the Winchester Gallery in Winchester, UK;
2004 Solo show at FarmiloFiumano Gallery in London, UK;
2006 Series works of “Perfect” showed at the Cavendish Gallery, UK;
2007 "Color of Life - the sculpture exhibition theme of human and environment” showed in Xiamen, CHINA;
2007 Work of “Will Be” showed at the Third Songzhuang Art Festival in Beijing, CHINA;
2008 Work of “Changing” was selected for the first sculpture exhibition of Fujian Province at Xiamen City Art Gallery, CHINA;
2008 Work of “Life Posture No.1” showed at the Third exchange exhibition of Chinese and South Korean sculpture in Beijing, CHINA;
2008 Work of “Comparison No.1” I showed at the Tallinn Winter Exhibition, ESTONIA;
2008 Works of “Changing”, “Up Side Down” and “Kang” showed at the First Cross-Strait China Cultural Industry Fair in Xiamen, CHINA;
2008 Work of “Life Posture No.1” show at the Open Exhibition "IN COMMON" New Greenham Arts UK;
2009 Work of “Comparison No.1” showed at the Art of Peace 2009 Exhibition, USA;
2010 Work of “Standing Egg” was selected for the first international contemporary art festival of China Jime, CHINA;
2011 The work of “Endless Curve” showed at China•Holland Contemporary Art Exhibition, CHINA;
2012 Work of “Standing Egg” showed at the exhibition of Asian contemporary sculptor, CHINA;
2013 Work of “Is it mine？” showed in the Beautiful Fujian First Sculpture Exhibition, Fujian;
2014 Work of “Standing Egg”was selected and showed in the France – China, 1964-2014 a time of recognition and friendship art exhibition featuring 50 Chinese artists in Paris, FRANCE
2015 Work of “Forward and Backward” showed at the 2015 Art Xiamen Fair, China;
2016 Work of “Be In Here” showed at the Channel of cutting-edge sculpture exhibition, China;
2916 Work of “Be In Here” showed at the 2016 Art Xiamen Fair, China;
2016 “Pregnancy•Tribute to Motherhood” – Wenqin Chen art work public show in Xiamen, China;
2017 Works showed at the 2017 Shanghai Art Fair, China;
2018 Works showed at the 2018 Beijing•China Art International Fair, China;
2019 Works showed at the Beijing International Art Biennale, China