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Wang Nong
Song of Silence - A Quiet Journey into Solitude
June 4 - July 7, 2010
See more of this artist's work:  2002 show, 2006 show

"Making art is like having a conversation.

I like to speak simply, I like to speak the truth." - Wong Nong


Wang Nong  王農  

Wang Nong is a Tokyo-based Chinese artist. Born in Beijing in 1953 as the second son of respected Chinese philosopher Wang Sen-Ran 王森然, Wang aspired to be an artist since childhood. His dream was interrupted by the Cultural Revolution, when he was imprisoned for six years in the remote Heilongjiang (Black Dragon River) District, known as the Northern Vast Wilderness in northern China. Without access to painting materials, Wang found respite by mentally painting the austere landscapes in his mind. By the time Wang returned to Beijing in 1975, he had missed the opportunity for a higher education. He felt a great sense of loss for his generation.

To find emotional consolation, he began to turn memories of the Northern Vast Wilderness into startlingly beautiful sumi-e (brush and ink paintings). His bold distinctive style of contemporary sumi-e gradually gained recognition. In 1987, Wang was chosen to represent Chinese artists for a solo exhibition in Holland, on invitation by the Rijks Museum in Amsterdam. His work became part of the permanent collection by the museum. Soon afterward, Wang became the first Chinese artist invited to work in Japan under a new cultural exchange program. He received an award in the National Premier Sumi-e Painting Exhibition. A year later, Wang finally fulfilled his dream and entered a graduate program in Tokyo Metropolitan University. After finishing the program, he joined the National Chiba University as a visiting scholar. In the ensuing years, Wang exhibited widely and became one of the most sought after contemporary sumi-e artists. By the time Wang launched his American debut in Touching Stone Gallery in 2001, he had more than 100 exhibitions in his career.

Wang's paintings are said to have captured the soul of the land. When Wang travels, he rarely paints. Instead, he lets himself absorbed into the landscapes and focuses on his feelings. Back in his studio, he would pour those feelings into his works. Wang's paintings are not mere reproduction of static scenery. They are an intimate communion with the artist. They convey a powerful sense of melancholic beauty and quiet tranquility, tension between unspeakable loss and passionate romance, evoking resonance in the receptive audience. If art is indeed a personal dialog, Wang's paintings are profound eloquent statements, spoken with complete honesty from the heart of a great artist.


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Wang Nong   "Dawn" 2010

 Color sumi-e on Chinese paper 12.5" x 16" 

 19.5" x 23" pewter wood frame






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Wang Nong   "Rite of Spring" 2008

Color sumi-e on Chinese paper 13.5" x 18" 

20.5 x 25" pewter wood frame






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Wang Nong   "Breeze" 2010

Sumi-e on Chinese paper 10.5" x 14" 

  18" x 21" pewter wood frame






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Wang Nong   "Between Heaven & Earth #3" 2009

Sumi-e on Chinese paper 12.5" x 16.5" 

 19.5" x 23" pewter wood frame





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 Wang Nong   "Misty Morning" 2008

Sumi-e on Chinese paper 13" x 16" 

19.5" x 23" pewter wood frame






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Wang Nong   "Road to Interior" 2010

Sumi-e on Chinese paper 13" x 16.5" 

 20" x 23.5" pewter wood frame






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Wang Nong   "Winter Notes" 2008

Sumi-e on Chinese paper 13.5" x 18" 

  20" x 25" pewter wood frame






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Wang Nong   "Nocturne" 2008

Color sumi-e on Chinese paper 13.5" x 19" 

21" x 26" pewter wood frame






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Wang Nong   "Dusk" 2010

Color sumi-e on Chinese paper 9.5" x 13" 

17" x 20" pewter wood frame






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Wang Nong   "Among Clouds" 2010

 Sumi-e on Chinese paper 12.5" x 16" 

20" x 23" pewter wood frame






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Wang Nong   "Silence in Motion" 2010

 Sumi-e on Chinese paper 15" x 18" 

 22" x 25" pewter wood frame






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Wang Nong   "Song of Silence" 2008

Color sumi-e on Chinese paper 17.5" x 26"

24" x 33" pewter wood frame




問世間, 情是何物, 直教生死相許

天南地北雙飛客, 老翅幾回寒暑

歡樂趣, 離別苦, 就中更有癡兒女


渺萬里層雲, 千山暮雪, 隻影向誰去

                               - 金庸


Ask the world, what is this thing called love

that makes lovers vow through life and death?

Flying north and south like a pair of birds

how many winters summers have these old wings weathered? 

Through joy of being together and sorrow of parting

men and women get infatuated like fools
You must be saying: 

Amid ten thousand miles of layered clouds

a thousand mountains in snowy twilight

to whom will this lone shadow go?

                                - Jin Yong

Selected Exhibitions (from over 100)

1987  Rijks Museum, Amsterdam, Holland
1989  Gallery Ginza Salon, Ginza, Tokyo
1990  Gallery Tochi, Ginza, Tokyo
1990  Daimaru & Sogo Department Store, Osaka
1990  Sogo Department Store, Nara
1991  Gallery Tochi, Ginza, Tokyo
1992  Tohbu Department Store, Tokyo
1992  Lecture and Exhibition, Nobeoka
1993  Japan-China Friendship Museum, Tokyo
1993  Ozu Washi Museum, Tokyo
1994  Ozu Washi Museum, Tokyo
1995  Ozu Washi Museum, Tokyo
1996  Kyobashi Art Museum, Tokyo
1996  General Culture Center, Nobeoka
1997  Gallery Himawari, Ginza, Tokyo
1998  Izukohgen Museum, Shizuoka
1998  Keioh Plaza Hotel, Shinjuku, Tokyo
2001  Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2002  Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2006  Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2007  Gallery Himawari, Ginza, Tokyo
2008  Tokyo Kaikan Gallery, Tokyo
2008  Gallery Kizna, Tokyo
2008  Gallery Mutsu, Chiba

Wang Nong’s Album of Paintings. 1998. Shanghai Fine Art Publisher.