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Issue: 1222 Date: 1/23/2014
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James Wu Solo Exhibition

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Victor Wang (Professor of Fontbonne University), Denise Schilling (Gallery Director of Fontbonne University), Mark Douglas (Chair of Fine Arts Department at Fontbonne University), Li-Chi Wang (Student of Fontbonne), Lucy Liu (Victor Wang's wife)
        Although the temperature was under 20 degree last Friday, James Wu's exhibition at Fontbonne Fine Arts Gallery drew lot of guests. There was a jam-packed opening night reception Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, where art lovers enjoyed his recent work.

        Included were Dr. E. Louis Lankford, Professor, Chair of UMSL Department of Art and Art History. Jeffrey Sippel, Professor of UMSL and his family. Michael Cosgrove, Professional Research Assistant at UMSL and his wife. Yingxue Zuo, Chair of Art department at SLCC-Forest Park and his wife. Professor Eric Shultis, former Chair of Art department at SLCC-Florissant Valley and his wife. John Sara, Professor of Fine Arts Department at University of Washington. Professor Mark Douglas, Chair of Fine Arts Department at Fontbonne University. Professor Tim Liddy at Fontbonne University. And James Wu's principal mentor during his studies, Professor Victor Wang at Fontbonne University and his wife.

        As an artist and art instructor at UMSL, James Wu's paintings are not only concentrating on painting images that relate to nature, people and animals around him, but also in a manner that creates mystery and intrigue. He tries to convey a dream-like world that resonates with his true life, drawing the viewer through the plane into a deep, mysterious essence.

        James Wu said: I am always curious and interested in creating visual impact with mixed media. I believe there is a great symbiotic relationship in Eastern and Western art, as well as the analogy in wet media to oil; thin to thick; monochrome to color; transparent to opaque, 2D to 3D and realistic to abstract. Throughout the years of my experiments on mixing the media of ink, watercolor, acrylic, oil and wax, I am pleased to see the result in the series of paintings I created for my first solo show at Fontbonne Fine Arts Gallery in St. Louis.

        Many visitors were amazed to learn; what medium is used, and what painting techniques can make such amazing visual effects. James Wu explained his work has evolved through exploring the relationships between real and unreal images with personal emotion. He applies layer upon layer of paint, reductive in imagery, yet expansive and dynamic in its depth of texture and color. The process begins with an idea of the texture with the crumpling and splashing effect from realistic or imaginary images. The concrete and repetitive nature of this work frees his mind to fantasy and provides many opportunities for happy accidental experiments which contributes immensely to the final work.

        Although while attending the National Taiwan Academy of art, his watercolor painting had been the recipient of the first prize and painting contest prize, he always felt that a single medium seemed to lack the complexity his heart desired in visual effects. In 1996 , when he arrived in the United States to study western painting techniques and ideas at Fontbonne, in the face of a wide variety of art activities, new art manifestations had a strong impact in his heart, and has evolved since then, to bring these magnificent paintings to completion.

        James Wu's Solo Exhibition At Fontbonne University Fine Arts Gallery, January 17 - February 15, 2014Opening Reception: Friday, January 17, 6-8pm

        Gallery hours: Monday - Thursday: 9:00am - 4:00pm, Friday: 9:00am - 3:00pm, Saturday: 12:00 - 4:00pm

        Fine Art Department : 314-889-1431Gallery Director: Denise Schilling, DSchilling@Fontbonne.edu

 
Tony Berardi, Doug James, Jennifer James, Lucy Liu, Katie Berardi, Grace Lin, Victor Wang (Professor of Fontbonne), Patt Tiemeier, James Wu, Don Tiemeier
(Alumni of Fontbonne)
James Wu, Eric and Linda Shultis, (Professors at SLCC-Florissant Valley), Dr. Louis Lankford (Chair of UMSL), Jeffrey Sippel (Professor of UMSL), Wu' wife Grace Lin
 
Jeffrey Sippel (Professor of UMSL), James Wu, Dr. Louis Lankford (Chair of UMSL), Victor Wang (Professor of Fontbonne) Michael Cosgrove (Professional Research Assistant at UMSL), James Wu, Patt Cosgrove
James Wu's wife Grace Lin and Jeffrey Sippel family

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