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Wang Xu
 

Wang Xu was born in China 1949. 1981-82 Completed the Art Teacher’s Training course in the Central Institute of Nationalities, Beijing. 1987-89 Worked in Beijing Art Museum. 1989 Arrived in Australia. 1997 Studied Fine Art at Meadowbank TAFE. 1998-2000 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours), COFA, UNSW 2001-2002 Master of Fine Arts, COFA, UNSW

Solo Exhibitions
2013 Wang Xu, Sydney Paintings, Paintbox Fine Art, Canberra
2011 Wang Xu, Buddhas, Paintbox Fine Art, Canberra
2010 Wang Xu, Paintbox Fine Art, Canberra
2008 Wang Xu, Maunsell Wickes at Barry Stern Galleries, Sydney
2007 Wang Xu, Paintbox Fine Art, Canberra
2006 Wang Xu, Maunsell Wickes at Barry Stern Galleries, Sydney
2006 Wang Xu, Paintbox Fine Art, Canberra
2005 Wang Xu, Maunsell Wickes at Barry Stern Galleries, Sydney
2004 Wang Xu, Barry Stern Galleries, Sydney
2003 Recent Works by Wang Xu, Barry Stern Galleries, Sydney MFA and Phd Assessment Exhibitions, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney
2002 Sydney View, Kudos Gallery, Sydney
1994 Chinese Paintings by Wang Xu, Hui Yi Art Gallery, Sydney
1990 Chinese Traditional Watercolour, Chinoart Gallery, Sydney

Selected Group Exhibitions
2013 Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, 'Self Portrait, Interviewing Maoist Victims'
2008 Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, portrait of Nick Waterlow
2007 Paintbox Fine Art, London
2007 Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, portrait of John Yu and George Souther
2007 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of NSW
2006 The Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of NSW
2006 Salon des Refusés, SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney
2005 Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, portrait of Jiawei Shen
2004 From the Earth They Come, COFA Gallery and Performance Space, UNSW, Sydney
2004 Art Academy of Xi’an & Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing
2004 COFA Fundraiser, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney
2004 Drawing the Line, A-Space on Cleveland, Sydney
2003 Masters of COFA
2003 Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney The Redlands Westpac Art Prize
2003 Mosman Art Gallery,

2003 Sydney Destination Drawing, COFA Gallery and Performance Space, UNSW, Sydney

2003 New Borders - New Boundaries, A-Space on Cleveland, Sydney
2002 Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery, Sydney
2002 Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney
2002 Friends Exhibition and Sale 2002, Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery, Sydney
2001 8th International Works on Paper Fair, Fox Studios, Sydney
2001 Contemporary Watercolour, A-Space on Cleveland, Sydney
2001 Exploring Contemporary Landscape, A-Space on Cleveland, Sydney
2001 Salon des Refuses, SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney
2001 Mixed Show, Cutcliffe Gallery, Sydney
2000 Honourable Progress, COFA Gallery and Performance Space, UNSW,
2000 Sydney Annual Members Exhibition, Gallery 4A, Sydney
1999 Sydney 99, Art Academy, Shanghai
1999 Sydney 99, Australia Cultural Centre, Olympic Park, Sydney
1999 Look at Me, COFA Gallery and performance Space, UNSW, Sydney
1998 Beyond China, Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery, Sydney
1998 Ten for Ten, Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney
1998 Traditional to Contemporary Chinese Art Exhibition, Macquarie University, Sydney
1998 Remnants of the Real, Access Contemporary Art Gallery, Sydney
1997 Two from Three, Casula Power House Arts Centre, Sydney
1997 Annual Art Awards Exhibition, Drummoyne Municipal Art Society, Sydney
1995 Modern Mainstream Chinese Premier Art Exhibition, Macquarie University, Sydney
1994 First Anniversary Exhibition, The Brush and Inkstone Studio, Sydney
1993 Chinese Painting Exhibition, Parliament House, Sydney
1989 The First State’s Harvest Cup Chinese Painting Competition, The People’s Great Hall, Beijing
1989 Contemporary Chinese Painting New Star Prize, National Art Gallery, Beijing
1989 Chinese Culture Promotion Centre, Hong Kong
1989 Art Gallery, Taipei Traditional Chinese Arts and Calligraphy Exhibition ‘90,
1989 Singapore Conference Hall, Singapore
1984 The Exhibition for the 35th Anniversary of PR China, National Art Gallery, Beijing
1984 The Chinese Youth Daily Art Competition, Art School Gallery, Beijing
1980 The Annual Art Exhibition, Art Gallery of Hebei Province, Shi Jiazhuang, China
1979 The Annual Art Exhibition, Art Gallery of Hebei Province, Shi Jiazhuang, China
1978 The Annual Art Exhibition, Art Gallery of Hebei Province, Shi Jiazhuang, China
1975 National Nian Hua Exhibition, National Art Gallery, Beijing
1974 The Annual Art Exhibition, Art Gallery of Jilin Province, Changchun, China
1973 The Annual Art Exhibition, Art Gallery of Jilin Province, Changchun, China Awards and Prizes
2002 Winner, Friends Exhibition and Sale
2002 Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery, Sydney
1999 Very Highly Commended, Annual Art Awards Exhibtion, Drummoyne Municipal Art Society, Sydney
1997 Highly Commended, Annual Art Awards Exhibtion, Drummoyne Municipal Art Society, Sydney
1989 Excellence Prize, The First State’s Harvest Cup Chinese Painting Competition, The People’s Great Hall, Beijing
1989 Excellence Prize, Contemporary Chinese Painting New Star Prize, National Art Gallery, Beijing;
1989 Chinese Culture Promotion Centre, Hong Kong;
1989 Art Gallery, Taipei

Bibliography
Sebastian Smee, ‘The best of the rest actually the best’, The Australian, 8 March 2007

‘I thought the best of the finalists was an unfashionably realist streetscape by Xu Wang. In flavourful contrast to the bloated romanticists, Wang’s modestly scaled depiction of King Street in Sydney’s Newtown is packed with visual information: shop signs, awnings, cars and clouds. The row of buildings has a jaunty lean to it, and the whole thing is brilliantly observed.’

Manfred Lai, ‘No need for controversy: another voice on contemporary Asian art’, COFA, spring 2004
Wang Yiyan, ‘The tyranny of taste and cultural citizenship’, IIAS Newsletter, #34 July 2004
John McDonald, ‘The cultural revolution’, the Australian Financial Review Magazine, December 2002
John McDonald, ‘After the party’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 2 May 1998

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