Kelly Wang
"My art is the way I express my feelings, my philosophy, the landscape of my mind, where words cannot. Ink and paper are my tools, but I try to push the boundaries of how they can be used, revealing their lesser-known character..."
- Kelly Wang

I am an intercultural, self-taught artist, a person who is neither here nor there, but in multiple places physically and emotionally. I was born in the United States, but have visited China on many occasions.

My art is the way I express my feelings, my philosophy, the landscape of my mind, where words cannot. Ink and paper are my tools, but I try to push the boundaries of how they can be used, revealing their lesser-known character. Sometimes this means painting without brushes, using my hands and beakers to pour shifting colors; sometimes this means painting on the surface of water and using xuan paper to create monotype prints of that process; sometimes this means painting large, expressionistic works with bold brush strokes that transform traditionally Chinese subjects into nearly unrecognizable gestures that travel from paper to canvas and back again.

Kelly Wang creating "Momentum"


I developed a passion for using Chinese paper, ink, brushes, and colors when I started immersing myself in studying Chinese art history. The more I learned about the past, the more aware I became of the philosophy, understanding of natural forces, sensitivity to materials, and the importance of calligraphy and brushwork in Chinese painting.

While I studied art academically, earning both my BA and MA in Art History with a focus on Chinese paintings, I never stopped painting on my own. My identity as a vehicle for inspiration and creation has always been clear to me, but my study of art history has provided me with many sources of inspiration to combine with my own experience.

The more I learn, the more I realize that what I had thought were Chinese concepts about space and form are actually contemporary, international concepts that are the foundation of artistic expression here and now.

Black Moon
October 2016.
Collage; ink and acrylic on xuan paper and canvas.

Wings
April 2016.
Ink and color on mulberry paper, mounted on canvas.

Momentum
May 2016
Ink on xuan paper, mounted on canvas.

Two Worlds
March 2016.
Ink and color on xuan paper.

Bloom
March 2016.
Ink and color on mulberry paper, mounted on canvas.

Dreaming of Mi Youren
2013.
Ink and light colors on xuan paper.