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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,
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
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."
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
"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:|
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
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.
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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