‘If Rothko polished the world to an icy emptiness, Annie Hsiao-Wen Wang tunes it to melodic perfection.’
- David Bromfield -
‘The paintings of Annie Hsiao-Wen Wang are both a reaction to, and a reflection of her scientific education. Having studied a double degree in Physics and Engineering at the University of Western Australia, she went on to study Visual Arts and Photomedia at Edith Cowan University. This range of endeavour and enquiry, combined with her Buddhist heritage, has resulted in powerful and rarefied works.
The colourist abstract paintings seek, with their scale, to fill the viewer’s field of view, providing an opportunity to meditate on both the numinous and the emotional. The creation of the works by the artist is led by both rational concerns of colour theory, surface quality and composition, combined with the intuitive and emotional process of the meditative practice.
Informed by influences from Rembrandt, Rothko and figurative 3D work, her broad range of work hints at a commitment and rigour to the artist – both as self-observer and reflector of the universal human experience.’
- Simon Gilby -
Annie Hsiao-Wen Wang was born in Taipei in 1979, and now works in Australia and Taiwan. An interdisciplinary artist, Annie’s work has been exhibited in many cities including New York, Los Angeles, Sydney, Hong Kong, and Taipei. Her work is included in private and public collections around the globe.
Her paintings are influenced by an array of philosophies from Kandinsky, Chinese calligraphy, and Buddhist meditation; with a core understanding that: ‘it is through the language of pure abstraction that we may transcend the abject materialism of our present world, and find the silence to converse within’. She is interested in using paint to capture the intangible, the transcendental and the emotive: evoking a spiritual stillness that embraces the viewer in a meditative moment.
In her photographic works she is interested in issues of cultural identity in this current globalised world, and exploring a silent beauty in what often seems banal or profane at a first glance. It is this tension between the beautiful and obscene which drives her work, aiming to challenge traditional concepts of what is desirable or attractive.
Somnium Catalogue, 2014
Out of the Blue Catalogue, 2014
Origins Catalogue, 2013
Within Silence Catalogue, 2013
Illume Catalogue, 2010
Discordant Natures Catalogue, 2009
This Month in Taiwan (Taiwan), February 2017
China Times (Taiwan), 29th October 2016
Belle magazine (Australia), November 2014
Annie Hsiao-Wen Wang’s Origins: Leaving Reason, Gaining Insight) – Art Collection + Design (Taiwan), Zheng Fang-He, July 2013
Merit Times (Taiwan), 18th July 2013
ArtCo - (Taiwan), August 2013
Abstract Origins - Asian Art News (Hong Kong), Vol. 23 No. 4 July/August 2013
Liberty Times (Taiwan), 28th July 2013
States of Mind – Asian Art News (Hong Kong), Vol. 21 No. 6 November/December 2011
Something for everyone – The West Australian, R. Spencer, 15th October 2010
Illuminating abstract – Asian Art News (Hong Kong), Vol. 20 No. 5 September/October 2010
Prayer on a g-string – The West Australian, R. Spencer, 18th September 2009
Uneasy bodies of work – The Wire Mag (Australia), J. Bahr, 10th September 2009
The West Australian – S. Bevis (Australia), 18th July 2009
YesArt Air Gallery, Taipei