Wilson Shieh transfers his intricate Chinese fine-brush, gongbi, painting technique to his various media of choice, ranging from ink on silk, acrylic on canvas to paper cutout collage, filtering the traditional Chinese ink painting through a contemporary lens.
Best known for his figurative paintings, Wilson uses traditional brushwork techniques to depict themes and narratives derived from the popular culture of East Asia and his immediate environment in Hong Kong. In his acclaimed Architectural Series, he transforms the Hong Kong skyscrapers into figures donning tailor-made costumes.
Through his narrative of human bodies, Wilson inquires about the issues of modern identity in an often humorous light.
Born in Hong Kong, Wilson earned a Fine Arts BA and MFA degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He participated in numerous local and overseas exhibitions, including the Third Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in Brisbane in 1999. His works are featured in institutional collections worldwide, including Hong Kong Museum of Art; M+, Hong Kong; Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University; and Asian Art Museum, San Francisco. The artist now lives and works in Hong Kong.