International Images, Ltd. invites the Pittsburgh community to experience the art event, “The New Art of Wen Gao” with artworks by Pittsburgh artist, Wen Gao, on Friday, July 12, 2013 from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm. Wen Gao will be present to discuss his artistic process and philosophy.
Wen Gao was born in Beijing in 1957. Growing up in the midst of a cultural revolution where non-communist art was banned, he secretly studied the work of the French post-impressionist Master Paul Cezanne and German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. He organized cultural movements that stood for freedom of artistic expression, and was imprisoned numerous times without formal charges or trial, for a total of 7 years in duration. Wen Gao has sold thousands of pieces of work in China and the US, but in recent years, his focus has been on instructing young artists. Currently, Wen owns an art studio in Ross Township, Pittsburgh, where he teaches adults and children various art forms, including pastels, acrylics, oil painting, and sculpture.
“The New Art of Wen Gao” is an exhibition dedicated to the eclectic style and artistic vision of artist Wen Gao. His work is a dynamic, ever evolving process, shunning the notion of keeping to one style or medium. Heavily inspired by the ideals of freedom and expression, Wen strives to produce work that intellectually and visually stimulates while enforcing these ideals in the mind of the viewer. Featuring recognizable scenery from the Pittsburgh area, Wen portrays the ‘Steel City’ and its surrounding areas in a way that is all at once realistically complex, yet raw and simplified. With his vast artistic range spanning multiple styles, Wen is capable of creating lifelike images, comparable in style to the great masters who first influenced him. His brush strokes, broad and heavy, are puzzled piece by piece to form cohesive subjects that reflect and define his new style.
The exhibition will continue through August of 2013.