I do not care much about what the subjects are in reality or photographs, I just strive to discover, strengthen, abandon, and beautify the intrigue of the forms I have observed. This is the most fascinating and the most important part in painting!
If we compare the various medium characteristics of watercolor to the different actors in a play, then the pictorial composition would be the script of the play. And we all know that without a good script, great actors would be of no use at all. ─ Artist Chien Chung-Wei Statement
Chien Chung-Wei is an award winning Taiwanese watercolor artist making his teaching debut in North America. And his first workshop is with us!
Chien Chung-Wei paintings look timeless, yet have a modern and contemporary feel, that is bringing him great success in North America and Europe. He is the first Taiwanese artist to have ever received his signature in the National Watercolor Society, and the first to exhibit in the American Watercolor Society. He has earned a masters degree in fine arts, and works as a part time lecturer and teacher of watercolor.
With the growing excitement of so many talented artists from the East, Chien Chung-Wei has quickly risen to the top. Chien Chung-Wei is a frequent contributor in many Western publications, including numerous articles and awards in the Art of Watercolor Magazine and International Artist.
Chien’s paintings are filled with atmosphere and light, and appear to embrace the spirit and temperament of Western watercolor masters. Chien creates beauty and intrigue of form, within everyday subjects, creating pure magic in his watercolor.
His focus for the workshop will be how to simplify a scene and improve the structure and composition of our paintings. Chien will show us the importance of light and space, balancing warm against cool and how to bring it all together to connect all these elements. We will be painting in the studio and out taking inspiration from the natural beauty of our city, the ocean and mountains of North Vancouver.
- 2019: “Ambience of Jiufen”, won the “AWS Bronze Medal of Honor” at the 152st Annual International Exhibition of American Watercolor Society (AWS).
- 2018: “Venice at Dusk”, won the “AWS Bronze Medal of Honor” at the 151st Annual International Exhibition of American Watercolor Society (AWS).
- 2017: “Ambience of Jiufen”, won the 1st place in Artists Network Watermedia Showcase competition 2017.
- 2017: “The Moscow Nocturne No.3”, chosen for the cover of Splash 18: The Best of Watercolor.
- 2017: “Gazing” (Pencil Drawing), won the Exceptional Merit Award at the 19th Portrait Society of America (PSA).
- 2017: “The Last Sunshine Is Still Warm Today”, won the Paul B. Remmey, AWS, Memorial Award at the 150th Annual International Exhibition of American Watercolor Society AWS).
- 2016: “It Rained Just Now”, selected for the 149th Annual International Exhibition of American Watercolor Society (AWS) and became the signature member of AWS.
- 2016: “Cambridge Riders”, won The Matt Bruce RI Memorial Award at the 204th International Exhibition in Royal Institute of Watercolour Artists (RI).
- 2015: “Keep Walking in the Sunshine”, won the Northwest Watercolor Foundation Award at the NWWS 75th International Open Exhibition.
- 2015: “Bali Left Bank Park”, won the Alan R. Chiara Memorial Award at the 148th Annual International Exhibition of American Watercolor Society (AWS).
- 2015: “It Rained Just Now”, won the 2nd place in Artists Network Watermedia Showcase competition 2015.
- 2015: “Venice at Dusk”, won the Honorable Mention Award of Shenzhen International Watercolor Biennial 2015-2016.
- 2014: “One Night in Venice”, selected for the 94th NWS Annual International Exhibition and became the signature member of NWS.
- 2014: “Snow Scene in Shirakawa”, won the 1st place in Artists Network Watermedia Showcase competition 2014.