| Xiongquan Ding is primarily known as Walasse Ting
|This biography from the Archives of AskART:|
|Born in Shanghai, China, Walesse Ting is a self-taught painter,
sculptor, graphic artist, and poet who left China in 1949 and became a
United States citizne in 1974. He traveled and settled for a
period in Paris beginning 1953, and became acquainted with artists
Karel Appel, Asger Jorn, and Pierre Alechinsky, members of the
avant-garde group called COBRA.|
From 1963, he has lived in New
York City and works in a variety of styles ranging from pure
non-objectivity to figurative works showing both people and animals.
Exhibitions of his work have been held in Hong Kong, Paris, Amsterdam,
Copenhagen, Milan, Vienna, Madrid and in the United States in New York,
Detroit, and Pittsburgh.
American Art Review, December 1997
|Biography from RoGallery.com:|
|Born in Wuxi, China in 1929, but raised in Shanghai, Walesse Ting is a
self-taught painter, sculptor, graphic artist, and poet who began his
life as an artist at a very young age, painting on sidewalks. He left
China in 1949 and settled for a six year period in Paris beginning in
1952, where he lived as a poor struggling artist but became acquainted
with artists Karel Appel, Asger Jorn, and Pierre Alechinsky, members of
the avant-garde group called COBRA.|
Ting arrived in New York in
1958 at the height of the Abstract Expressionist period. He befriended
the American artist, Sam Francis, and the movement had a profound
influence on his work. Unlike in Paris, Ting could paint and sell his
work. Bold dripping strokes featured in his paintings, which at that
time were mainly poetic abstractions in the manner of the Paris-based
Chinese artist, Zao Wouki. Only in the 1970s did Ting develop his
now distinctive style using Chinese calligraphic brushstrokes to define
outlines and filling flat areas of colour with vivid acrylic paint.
fortunes changed when he moved to New York in 1960, where he became
involved with pop artists and was influenced buy Abstract
Expressionism. Concentrating briefly with abstract techniques, he soon
adopted a representational manner which he is continually
expanding. Now, the colorful and flamboyant works of the painter
Walasse Ting are among the most admired examples of popular figuratism.
works are a unique blend of bright fluorescent colors infused by an
appreciation for the sensory pleasure of the natural world. Besides
painting, Ting has worked on numerous other projects, among them
creative direction for theatre, teaching and lecturing. He has also
authored a number of books of poetry, the foremost being Red Mouth, containing reproductions of 428 paintings and 33 black and white drawings.
Ting was presented the Guggenheim Fellowship Award for Drawing in 1970.
Public collections which own his work include the Stedelijk Museum,
Amsterdam; the Silkeborg Museum, Denmark; the Museum of Hong Kong; the
Chicago Art Institute; and the Musee Cernuschi, Paris.
had more than 60 solo exhibitions in major art galleries and museums
around the world. After more than 20 years in New York, Ting
moved to Amsterdam, where he has a spacious studio. Although he broke
away from his Chinese roots so long ago, he finds that the city's trees
and canals remind him of Hangzhou's West Lake. Today he lives in both
New York and Amsterdam, but like Gauguin, he also often visits Tahiti
in search of the exotic colours that he loves.
After suffering a
severe brain hemorrhage in 2002 he was no longer able to continue his
artistic career. He spent the remainder of his life looked after in a
medical institute in Amstelveen, the Netherlands.
He was sometimes referred to by his Chinese name "???" or its various omanizations : Ding Xiongquan or Ting Hsiung-ch'uan.
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