Morning shadow
Oil on Canvas : 36 x 36 inches ( 91 x 91 cm )
SOLD
Wang Yihua
Chinese ,

When faced with an artwork by Wang Yihua, it is immediately apparent he has a masterful understanding of the technical tools of painting. These canal scenes of Zhouzhuang depict a 900 year-old city, where sixty percent of the houses survive in their original state from the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The paintings are executed in a style of high realism, inviting the view to enter the ancient scenery through them.

Discussing his subject matter, Wang Yihua describes the delicate harmony of nature and human ingenuity that exists in the small villages of the Jiangnan region, which literally translated, refers to the land south of the Yangtze River. "History, the meaning of home, and simply humanity, are the fabric of the scene." Through these peaceful paintings of a village suspended in time, Wang emphasizes the collective sense of identity in a place- the universal rather than personal. Although the location has a personal significance, indeed is inextricably linked to his own sense of identity, there is an objective distance inherent in these paintings. They sometimes depict figures, but these figures are remote from the viewer, unaware of the fact that they are observed as they go about their daily tasks. The people who inhabit his canal paintings are not specific to a personality or a particular time. They are merely a small part of the bigger picture. (Excerpt by Laura Peturson, 2006). 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2015 Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
2006 Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
2003 Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
2002 Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong
2000 Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong
1992 Contemporary Art Gallery of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
1991 SCITECH Buliding, Beijing China 

 Selected Group Exhibitions

2015 Toronto International Art Fair, Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
2014 Times Art Museum, Beijing, China
  Toronto International Art Fair, Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
2013 China Guardian, Beijing, China
  Toronto International Art Fair, Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
2011 Haikou Hainan, China
  Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong
  ART HK exhibition, Hong Kong
2010 Toronto International Art Fair, Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
  Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
2008 Qiu Gallery, Beijing, China
  First Sound Gallery, Beijing, China
2007 XianSheng Gallery, Beijing, China
  Permanence Gallery, Beijing, China
  Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong
2004 Art Miami, Odon Wagner Gallery, Miami, FL, USA
2003 Toronto International Art Fair, Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
  Art Miami, Odon Wagner Gallery, Miami. FL, USA
2002 Mothers Choice Gala Ball, Hong Kong
1998 China Art Gallery, Beijing, China
  JiuZhou Calligraphy and Painting College, Beijing, China
1997 China Art Expo, Beijing, China
1996 Yun Feng Gallery, Beijing Imperial Archives Museum, Beijing, China 
  China Art Expo (Granted Award of Excellence), Beijing, China
1995 International Art Gallery, Beijing, China
1994 International Art Gallery, Beijing, China
  International Art Gallery, Beijing, China
1988 International Art Gallery, Beijing, China