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Vivian Wenhuey Chen

Vivian Wenhuey Chen – 2999 E. Ocean Blvd., Suite 910

Artist Statement

In my over 30 years of endeavors in arts, I have gone through different phases of careers, played different roles in life, surfed on ecstasies and sank into despairs, traveled over several continents and immersed in different cultures.  I have tried to capture and synthesize these experiences into several different series of paintings.

While my paintings are representational abstraction in style, most of the time, I tried to tell a story in the confines of a canvas.  I do not like to seek exterior writings to explain my paintings.  I think the audience should and could add his or her own interpretation to what they discern from the canvases.

Due to my many different experiences, my paintings are rich in contents and colors and vary from series to series. For example, my Musicians series flows with the emotions of the musicians while doing music; my “Crossroad” series depicts the crossroad the artists faced in several artist villages in Beijing after the recession of 2008. They had to decide whether to continue the pursuit of arts or take other careers to survive. My “It’s a Beautiful World” series captures the culture, customs, sceneries and the hopes and trials of different countries that I traveled to. The local maps I brought back and embedded in the paintings helped to tell the stories and enrich the textures. My “The Epic of the Second Sex “ is the echoes of Simone de Beauvoir’s theory that women have been relegated to a second sex status as opposed to men’s primal status. My series of “Color Scape” is abstract landscape on simplified color fields. It reflects my longings for simplicity and pure joy after an unusually hectic year. My “Majestic Cities” are images of great cities of the world that I have the fortune of having visited.  My “Long Beach Alive” series is to capture the diversity and the integrated culture and beautiful sea and land of Long Beach. My Americana series is to portrait the various phases of America, its beauty, its play, its mourning and its healing.

I often work on several paintings simultaneously, each belonging to a different series. Sometimes I leave a series alone for a period of time and come back to it at a later date, sometimes with some variations.

As to medium, I most favor the oil. It allows me to start working without preset plans and allows the painting to grow with me. I have added multimedia and collage to oil to enrich the contents as well as the texture, and sometimes make it 2 and half D.

The journey of art is very satisfying and joyful for me. I love to share this joy with people and always look for opportunities to show my art.

Artist Bio and Education

Born in Taiwan, I came to the United States to study law and lived in Boston, Massachusetts, for more than 30 years. During those years, I worked as a lawyer and a banker, but always worked on my artworks whenever I could find time, be it over the weekends or deep into the night. While mostly self taught aside from the art courses in schools, I also attended art classes from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. I was also very active in art related activities, served as trustee of the Peabody Museum of Salem (now Peabody and Essex Museum) in Salem, Massachusetts, from 1985 to 1994, co-founded the New England Chinese American Fine Arts Society in Boston and was its vice president and sat on its board from 1994 to 2005.

In 2007 I moved to and settled in Long Beach, California. In addition to continuing my art career, I am also getting involved in the art organizations. In addition to joining many artist associations, I  also served as vice president of the Torrance Artists Guild in 2014.

Artist Associations Associated With

Los Angeles Artists Association – member

Palos Verdes Painters Group – member

Palos Verdes Arts Center – member

America Fine Art -former member

Laguna ART – former member

Desert Art Center, Palm Springs – former member

Long Beach Art – member

Torrance Artists Guild – former member and Vice president

New England Chinese American Fine Art Association, former vice president, board member and member

Recent Exhibits

2015 Cultural Alliance of Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, join exhibit with David W. Hennage, Sculptor

2014 Long Beach Public Library, Main Branch, Long Beach, CA

2014 Unitarian Universalist Church, Long Beach, CA

2014 City Clerk’s Office, Torrance, CA

2013 Artifact Gallery, New York, NY

2011 Los Angeles Art Walks, Los Angels, CA

2005-2011, Several solo exhibits in Ji Lin Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan and Karen Jeng’s Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan

2008-2010  several exhibits, Ascent Gallery, Long Beach, CA

2004 Several exhibits, New England Chinese American Fine Arts Society Gallery

2002 Barns & Noble Arts Gallery, Boston, MA

Group Exhibits

2016 Los Angeles Artists Association, Public Benefit Auction, Los Angeles, CA

2016 CA101 2016, Redondo Beach, CA

2016 Los Angeles Artists Association, Paradox of Water, VS, Special Collaborative Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA

2016 Laguna Beach First Thursday Night Art Walk, April to July, 2016, Laguna Beach

2015-2016 Long Beach Second Saturday Night Art Walk, with Brush Strokes and Beverage, Long Beach, CA

2015 CA 101 2015 Redondo Beach, CA

2015 Hawthorne Art Gallery, Hawthorne, CA

2014 Torrance Art Museum, South Bay Focus

2014 Armstrong Theater, Torrance, CA

2014 Torrance Library, Torrance, CA

2014 “Long Beach Alive” displayed in a banner on a 30’x10′ tower, in Long Beach “A Lot” Art Festival

2014 Summer Studio, Art Jam, Lomita, CA

2014 Transforming Feminisms, Open Wall, South Bay Contemporary, Palos Verdes

2014 Gallery of Fine Arts, Torrance Artists Guild

2014 CA 101 2014

2013- 2014 InMotion I and InMotion II, South Bay Lexus Center, Torrance, CA

2014 Armstrong Theater, Torrance, CA

2014 Torrance Library, Torrance, CA

2014 International Art-Taiwan Traveling Exhibits 2014

2013 Rolling Hills Country Club, Palos Verdes, CA

2012 Palos Verdes Art Center Holiday Show, Palos Verdes, CA

2012 and 2013 Southern Nevada Museum of fine Arts, Las Vegas, NV

2013 Hong Kong Technical University International Art Exhibit

2011-2013 Long Beach Arts various shows

2012 Salon des Artistes Independants, Paris, France

2012 NY Expo 2012, New York, NY

2012 Shanghai Jiading International Art Exhibition

2012 The Torrance Symphony Taiwan Night

2011 Florence Biennale, Florence, Italy

2008 X-Gallery, Pomona, CA

2006 and before, many exhibits in New England

Collectors

Several private collectors

Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Arts

Karen Jeng Art Space

Representations

Represented by World Wide Art Books, Santa Barbara, CA

Publications

* Thirty Years of Colorful Life, Vivian Wenhuey Chen, Selected Works 1978-2008

* Pondering at the Crossroad, Vivian Wenhuey Chen, Selected Works of Art, 2009-2010

* Works were also included in International Contemporary Masters, Editions V and VII.

* One of the 300 Role Models Profiled in a Chinese publication, “This Beautiful Land: The Current Day History of China”, 2014

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