Yeqiang Wang Paintings

Reflection, oil painting, photorealism

About the artist

Yeqiang Wang is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.  He achieved his MFA degree at the School of Visual Arts, University of Windsor in Windsor Canada in 2000 and his B.F.A. degree at Sichuan Institute of Fine Arts in Chongqing China in 1991.

artist statement

 

When I read about the novel Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There by the English writer Lewis Carroll, I was fascinated.  In the story Alice wonders what the world is like behind the reflected scene on a mirror surface.  To her surprise, she is able to pass through this mirror to experience an alternate world.  The story is regarded as “literary nonsense” by some people, but makes a lot of sense to me. When I was a teenager I always wanted to see the world. Not until I was 33 years old did I make the long trek from China to North America to explore my “wonderland”.  Although I thought I was psychologically ready for a new move, what I have experienced in North America was a lot of cultural shock: different language, different tradition, different value system and so on.  I was confused and annoyed for some time at first.  Then, I started to embrace my confusion and use it as the inspiration for my paintings. Frankly speaking, even though I have been here for thirteen years, I’m still experiencing difficulties in perceiving the whole picture of the new culture, as if there were a piece of glass between the world and me.  In my “Reflection” painting series, I use newly-made friends here as subjects and the glass window as a metaphor to reflect my fragmented impression of this new culture, which is sometimes clear and sometimes blurry.  The fragmented images look surreal, just like Alice’s experience in wonderland.  Likewise, I have created a new “wonderland” where I can wander, learn and grow.

Awards

   2016   Honorable Mention, The National Juried Exhibition, Art at the Center,

              Overland Park, Kansas

   2016   Cash Award, The 47th Annual Smoky Hill Art Exhibition, Hays Arts Council,

              Hays, Kansas

   2011   President's Choice, Kansans Paint Kansas Art Competition, Topeka Art Guild,

              Topeka, Kansas

   2011   Honorable Mention, The 15th Annual “Line into Shapes” Art Competition &

               Sale, Art Center of Estes Park, Estes Park, Colorado

   2011   The Fourth Prize, The Third Annual Figurative Drawing & Painting Exhibition,

               Lore Degenstein Gallery, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania

   2011    Cash Award, The 42nd Annual Smoky Hill Art Competition and Exhibition,

               Hays Arts Council, Hays, Kansas    

   2010    Excellent Award, The 41st Annual Smoky Hill Art Competition and 

               Exhibition, Hays Arts Council, Hays, Kansas    

   2009    Juror’s Merit Recognition, The 40th Annual Smoky Hill Art Competition and

                Exhibition, Hays Arts Council, Hays, Kansas   

   2007    Shae Cash Award, The 38th Annual Smoky Hill Art Competition and

               Exhibition, Hays Arts Council, Hays, Kansas

   2006    Award of Excellence, Northern National Art Competition, Northern Arts 

                Council,  Rhinelander, Wisconsin

   2006    Anita Bengtson Memorial Cash Award, Kansas Watercolor Society Great 8  

                Exhibition, Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, Kansas

   2006    Juror’s Merit Recognition, The 37th Annual Smoky Hill Art Exhibition, Hays

               Arts Council, Hays, Kansas

   2005    Honorable Mention, Combined Talents: the 20th Annual International

                Competition, Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University, Tallahassee,

                Florida

   2005    Tucker and nation Meyer Cash Award, Kansas Watercolor Society Great 8 

                Exhibition, Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, Kansas

   2005    Third Place, The Eighth National Juried Art Exhibition, the Baker Arts Center,

               Liberal, Kansas

   2000    Outstanding Canadian Work prize, The Fourth International Watercolor

               Biennial, Mexico          

   1998    Bronze medal, The 4th National Watercolor & Gouache Exhibition, 

                Qingdao/Beijing, China

   1997    Bronze medal, The 7th Chinese Watercolor Exhibition, Chongqing/Chengdu, 

                China           

   1996    Bronze medal, The 3rd National Watercolor & Gouache Exhibition,

                Beijing/Beihai, China

   1996    Excellent Work prize, Sichuan Art Exhibition, Chengdu, China  

   1995    Second Prize, Sichuan Art Exhibition, Chengdu, China

   1994    Excellent Work prize, Sichuan Art Exhibition, Chengdu, China

Solo shows

    2016    Ye Wang Landscape Exhibition, MLB Designs & Boutique, Kansas City, MO

    2015    New Watercolors, MLB Designs & Boutique, Kansas City, Missouri

    2014    Reflections, Nexlynx, Topeka, Kansas

    2014    Return to Classicism, Upstage Gallery, Topeka, Kansas

    2011    “Reflections”, P.E.O. Foundation Gallery, Cottey College, Nevada, Missouri

    2010    “Reflections”, Sandzen Gallery, Lindsborg, Kansas

    2009    “ Through the Looking-Glass”, Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art, Fort Hays State 

                 University, Hays, Kansas

    2008    Ye Wang Painting Exhibition, Cloister Gallery of Grace Cathedral, Topeka, 

                 Kansas

    2007    “Reflections”, Barton County Arts Council, Great Bend, Kansas

    2007    Oils and Watercolors by Ye Wang, Hays Arts Council, Hays, Kansas

    2006    “Reflections”, Mercer Gallery, Garden City Community College, Kansas

    2005    “Visual Diary”, Carnegie Arts Center, Dodge City, Kansas

    2004    “Portals”, Little Theater, Dodge City Community College, Kansas

    2003    “Reflections”, Artcite Gallery, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

    2003    “Sound of Nature”, Artspeak Gallery, Windsor, Ontario

    2002    “Northern Landscapes”, Common Ground Gallery, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

    2001    Windsor Paints”, Mackenzie Hall, Windsor, Canada

    2001    "Windsor Diary", Common Ground Gallery, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

    2000    "New Wor(l)ds, LeBel Gallery, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, 

                Canada

    2000    "Country Scapes", Leamington Arts Centre, Ontario, Canada

group shows

   2016  People We Know, Beauchamp Gallery, Topeka, KS

   2016   The 47th Annual Smoky Hills Art Exhibition, Hays Arts Council, Hays, KS 

   2016   The National Juried Show, Art at the Center, Overland Park, Kansas

   2015   Paintings of Flint Hills, Flint Hills Discovery Center, Manhattan, Kansas

   2015   Washburn Art Faculty Show, Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka, Kansas 

   2015   Watercolors, Beauchamp Gallery, Topeka, Kansas  

   2015   Our Beloved Land, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, Kansas

   2015   Reviving the Past, Alice C. Sabatini Gallery, Topeka, Kansas   

   2015   Sky Above, Earth Below, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, Kansas  

   2015   Flint Hills Masters, Flint Hills Discovery Center, Manhattan, Kansas

   2014   Collision and Confluence: Chinese-American Art Faculty Exhibition, Asian     

              Cultural Center, New York City, New York

   2014   The Sixth Annual Figurative Drawing and Painting Exhibition, The Lore

              Degenstein Gallery, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA

   2014   The National Juried Show, Art at the Center, Overland Park, Kansas 

   2014   All Photography Online Art Exhibition

              www.lightspacetime.com/all-photography-art-exhibition-special-merit/

   2014   Across the Divide Tour Show, Oklahoma State University

   2014   Across the Divide Tour Show, Southwest Oklahoma State University

   2013   Across the Divide Tour Show, Missouri State University           

   2013   Through the Artists' Eyes, Flint Hills Discovery Center, Manhattan, Kansas

   2013   The 30th Annual Five-State Photography Exhibition, Hays Arts Council, Hays,

              Kansas

   2013   Flint Hills Masters, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, Kansas

   2013   Kansans Portrait Show, Beauchamp Gallery, Topeka, Kansas

   2012   Where We Are: Tectonic Shifts and Dissolution of Boundaries, a national

               juried exhibition of contemporary art in all media, DeLuce Gallery, Northwest

               Missouri State University, Maryville, Missouri

    2012   The Green Exhibition, Art at the Center Gallery, Overland Park,  Kansas 

    2012   The Juried Show, Art At the Center Gallery, Overland Park, Kansas

    2011   Kansans Paint Kansas Art Competition, Topeka Art Guild, Topeka, Kansas

2011   The 15th Annual “Line into Shapes” Art Competition & Sale, Art Center of

           Estes Park, Estes Park, Colorado

    2011   The Third Annual Figurative Drawing & Painting Exhibition,  Lore

               Degenstein Gallery, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania

2011   The 42nd Annual Smoky Hill Art Competition and Exhibition, Hays Arts

           Council, Hays, Kansas

2011   National Juried Exhibition, Oak Park Art League Carriage House Gallery, Oak

           Park,  Illinois  

2010   “Reflection of Our World”, Irene B. French Community Center, Merriam,

           Kansas

    2010   “Vision of Fields”, Lincoln Art Galleries, Fort Collins, Colorado

2010   The 41st Annual Smoky Hill Art Competition and Exhibition, Hays Arts

           Council, Hays, Kansas   

    2010   Washburn Art Faculty Show, Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka, Kansas

    2009   “Beyond Realism”, Beauchamp Gallery, Topeka, Kansas

    2009   The 24th Annual Bosque Art Classic, the Bosque Arts Center, Clifton, Texas

    2009   “The Human Form”, Art at the Center, Overland Park, Kansas

2009   Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition, Wichita Center for the Arts,

           Wichita, Kansas

2009   2008 PaintAmerica Top100 Exhibit, Westboro Fine Arts Gallery, Topeka,

           Kansas

2009   The 40th Annual Smoky Hill Art Competition and Exhibition,  Hays Arts

           Council, Hays, Kansas

2009   Art Exhibition of Kansas Association of Retired School Personnel, Great

           Bend, Kansas    

2008   The Second Annual Ad Astra Per Aspera Exhibition, Art and Design Gallery,

           University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

2008   Kansas Watercolor Society Great 8 Exhibition, Wichita Center for the Arts,

           Wichita, Kansas 

2008   Washburn University Art Faculty Biennial Show, Mulvane Art Museum,

           Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas

2008   The 39th Annual Smoky Hill Art Competition and Exhibition, Hays Arts

           Council, Hays, KS

    2007   PaintAmerica Top 100 Exhibit, Westboro Fine Arts Gallery, Topeka, Kansas

    2008   “Favorites”, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, Kansas

2007   The Tenth National Juried Art Exhibition, the Baker Arts Center, Liberal,

           Kansas

    2007   Kansas Watercolor Society Great 8 Exhibition, Wichita Center for the Arts,  

               Wichita, Kansas

    2007   “The Illusion of Reality”, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, Kansas

    2007   “Beyond Mimesis”, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, Kansas

2007   The 38th Annual Smoky Hill Art Competition and Exhibition, Hays Arts

           Council,  Hays, Kansas

2006   Northern National Art Competition, Northern Arts Council, Rhinelander,

           Wisconsin

2006   Kansas Watercolor Society Great 8 Exhibition, Wichita Art Museum, Wichita,

           Kansas                                                                                                               

    2006   The 37th Annual Smoky Hill Art Exhibition, Hays Arts Council, Kansas

    2006   The Shafer Regional Invitational Art Exhibition, Shafer Gallery, Great

               Bend, Kansas   

    2005   “Combined Talents: 20th Annual International Competition”, Museum of

               Fine Arts, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

2005   2005 Kansas Watercolor Society Great 8 Exhibition, Wichita Art Museum,

           Wichita, Kansas

2005   The Shafer Regional Invitational Art Exhibition, Shafer Art Gallery, Great

           Bend, Kansas

    2005   The 8th Juried National Art Exhibition, Baker Arts Center, Liberal, Kansas

2005   The 28th International Exhibition of the Watercolor Society-Houston,

           Houston, Texas

    2004   Biennial, Detroit Artist Market, Detroit, Michigan

    2003   Coop July, Coop Gallery, Toronto, Canada

    2002   “Southwest Open 2002”, Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, Canada

    2001   “Southern Waters 2001”, Leamington Arts Centre, Ontario, Canada              

2000 A Brush With History”, the 75th Anniversary Exhibition of Canadian

           Society of Painters in Water and Colour, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

    2000   The 4th International Watercolor Biennial, Mexico City, Mexico

1999   California Watercolor Association 31st Annual Open National Exhibition, San

           Francisco, California

    1998   The 4th National Watercolor & Gouache Exhibition, Qingdao/Beijing, China

    1997   The 7th Chinese Watercolor Exhibition, Chongqing/Chengdu, China

1997   Exhibition of Chinese Famous Young Watercolorists’ Works, Beihai/Beijing,

           China

    1997   “The Grand Tour”, Chinese Contemporary, London, England

    1997   The 2nd Show of Works from Chinese Young Watercolorists, Beijing, China

    1996   The 3rd National Watercolor & Gouache Exhibition, Beijing/Beihai, China

    1996   The 1st Show of Chinese Watercolor Art, Shijiazhuang/ Beijing, China

    1996   Sichuan Arts Exhibition, Chengdu, China

    1995   Sichuan Arts Exhibition, Chengdu, China

    1995   Contemporary Chinese Art Exhibition, Hongkong

    1994   The 8th Chinese National Art Exhibition, Chengdu, China

    1994   Contemporary Chinese-Singapore Watercolor Exhibition, Singapore

    1994   The 1st Chinese Oil Still Life Exhibition, Beijing, China

Members Area

Newest Members