Chin Wu’s cultural approach to mark making is reminiscent of traditional Taiwanese brush painting techniques. He works on rice paper with a fluid mark making using ink and rake brushes. The intensity of marks command a meditative contemplative philosophy. In the performance of making the work, Chin is at one with the world despite the isolation and displacement of his cultural context. His use of colour is dramatic, contrasting reds and blacks, and making use of the white paper to inform the aesthetic of the work. Themes of gestural landscapes, water and fish make a relation between the western lyrical abstraction and eastern calligraphic marks.
Chin Wu was born in Taiwan, and has lived and worked in San Francisco, New York, Beijing, and the UK.