1942 - PRESENT
Born in the Zheijang Province of China in 1942, Wu Jian took an interest in art at an early age. Mastering the traditional techniques of perspective, composition and form, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Shanghai and soon came to participate in numerous national juried exhibitions in China. In the 1980’s he immigrated to the United States where his painting style was welcomed with acclaim. In 1988, the New England Center of Contemporary Art honored him with his first solo museum show in America. He has since participated in numerous exhibitions both in the States and abroad.
Wu’s paintings combine his roots in realism with a profound study of light and shadow inspired by the Impressionists. Clearly evident is the artist's ability to focus on subtle events that often pass unnoticed. Wu Jian examines these moments with a focus so profound as to transcend their physical boundaries. His well-trained eye combined with his masterful technique capture only what is essential. Each brushstroke embodies volume, color, texture, and the most ephemeral of all qualities, the human spirit. The artist does not seek to be a voyeur capturing his subjects; he prefers to know and understand his subject so that he can capture both the inner and outer beauty of his figures. The nuance of the diffused stillness of his atmosphere is a testament to his refined technique.
Wu Jian’s paintings continue to enthrall viewers today. Whether it is his compositions featuring the innocence of young ballerinas or his depictions of figures in his native China, he is able to capture a brilliant quality of mood and light that can only come from years of thoughtful study. One of the masters in ancient China said: “Enrich oneself to be great.” Wu Jian is one artist who will never stop inspiring himself to achieve greater levels of his masterful technique.