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 Jove Wang  (1962 - )

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Lived/Active: California / China      Known for: landscape, figure and portrait painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Jove Wang, painter of colorful, freely-painted figures, landscapes and still-lifes, was born in the town of Jilin in northeastern China. When he was very young, he studied with artist Gou Gang, who happened to work for his father. Gang told his student to draw everything he could see, so Wang would bring his tutor drawings of eggs, chickens, bowls, plates and family members. "No good! No good!" was Gang's response, Wang recalls.

In 1979, Wang went to the Jilin Academy, where he studied for three years. In 1984, he was accepted into the Jiang Academy of Fine Arts in Shanghai, one of only seven students admitted at that time, and the only new student from northern China. While he majored in commercial design, he also elected to take drawing and painting classes.

Students were taught techniques of traditional Chinese art, but Western art was also part of their schooling. For decades, Chinese artists had traveled to Russia, where painting and sculpture were still being taught according to the Classical curriculum of the French art academies of the 19th century.

Armed with this knowledge, these men returned to teach in China's academies. Wang's teachers at Jiang had studied with the greats of Russian realism at the Repin Institute in St. Petersburg. Wang, whose work clearly reflects this tradition, especially appreciates Russian painting for "its strength and its reliance on neutrals and grays."
After finishing his schooling, Wang worked for the Chinese government, designing exhibition pavilions for trade shows throughout Europe and South America. He moved to California twelve years ago with only $40 in his pocket and one contact, a friend who ran a modest hotel on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. Wang moved in and applied for a job as a dishwasher at a nearby restaurant, but was turned downed for lack of experience.

"No matter how I was living, I kept my sights high," he says. Wang made more friends and soon was painting portraits, including one of Cardinal Roger Mahoney. He got involved in the Chinese-American community, helping other artists as well. He has led students on painting trips to Mongolia.

Jove Wang has won several awards, including best in show in 1998 at the California Art Club's Gold Medal Exhibition, and best in show at the Oil Painters of America's National Juried Exhibition. Wang won the grand prize at the 2000 Plein Air Tucson (Arizona) exhibition and first place at the Cincinnati Art Club's Viewpoint 2000 show. He received first place and artists' choice awards at the 2001 Carmel Art Festival.

Molly Siple, Southwest Art, October 2002

Biography from Gallery Americana:
Jove Wang was born in Jilin, China in 1962. He graduated from the China Fine Art Institute in 1988 and came to the United States in 1990. He is an Artist Member of the California Art Club and an Associate Member of the Oil Painters of America.

In 1992, he painted a portrait of Bishop Roger Mahoney, which hangs in the Archdiocesan Catholic Center in Los Angeles. He was commissioned to do a second portrait to be exhibited at the Titular Church in Rome. Other commissioned portraits include Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonorich and California Governor Pete Wilson.

His awards include the Mission San Juan Capistrano Painting Competition, Best of Show at the 1997 88th annual Gold Medal Exhibition of the California Art Club, First Place in the Figure Category of the1998 89th annual Gold Medal Exhibition of the California Art Club, Best of Show at the 1999 8th annual National Juried Exhibition of the Oil Painters of America and Grand Prize, Best Design and Best Mission Painting at the Plein Air Tucson 2000 Outdoor Painting Competition.

His work has been selected for display at the Carnegie Art Museum in Qynard, the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, and the Springfield Museum of Art in Utah. In 1997, he was the only Chinese artists selected by the California Art Club to join the exhibition of "East Coast Ideas; West Coast Concept" Show.

Wang has exhibited at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University, the Phippen Museum in Arizona and his painting "The Hallway Mission San Juan Capistrano" hangs at the Mission San Juan Capistrano.

Biography from Wendt Gallery:
Jove Wang is a contemporary California painter who has won many awards. In 1997 he was first honored with the Best of Show Award at the 88th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition of the California Art Club, and then won first prize in the figure category in the Club’s same exhibit that next year.

In 2000 he won a first-place award at the Viewpoint 2000 Cincinnati Art Club Exhibition, and three prizes, Grand Prize, Best of Mission, Best Design - Architecture, at the Tucson Plein Air 2000 Exhibit. He then won 2nd place at the Fourth Annual Sights of Santa Ana held at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, CA, as well as participating in the 90th Annual Gold Medal juried Exhibition of the California Art Club.
In 2002 Jove again entered and took Director’s Choice Award in the 92nd Annual Gold Medal juried Exhibition of the California Art Club.

Wang also teaches classes and workshops, and schedules a yearly fall group painting exhibition to China.

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