Inspired by her background in fabric design, Wu Yang started her artistic career in relating her works to fabrics. The Chinese artist followed her two obsessions in life which are patterned cloth and stones and based her focus on oil painting, and was originally trained to be a designer of patterned cloth. Moving to Canada aided her to expand her interest to include nature, specifically rocks with interesting shapes that manage to catch her eye. It is also where Yang resides now. Combining her passions for painting and sculpting, she creates the effects by wrapping stones with patterned cloth emphasizing the contrast between hard and soft. This gives the audience a sense of textural harmony. Her works have a unique style where she performs delicate brush methods, using realistic techniques to create abstract art. Her artistic world encompasses tranquility, harmony, and radiance. Yang is considered to be a contemporary artist, creating pieces with symbolic and conceptual female visual languages. Yang was born in 1962 in Beijing with a romantic heart. When she was 15 years old Wu Yang started to receive formal art education. After a few years by 19, the second fabric design and dyeing studio in Beijing wanted her on board. This kickstarted Wu’s obsession with fabric and she became very attached, beginning her artistic career to study and relating her works to fabrics. This is where her ‘fabric complex’ originates from which defines her artworks in the future. In 1985 she became admitted in Central Academy of Art and Design, graduating with a Master’s degree and remained at the university as a professor. Her teaching ended in 1991 as she went abroad to England to resume her studies. Her primary goal was to master fashion design, and she became a designer for various companies and at the same time, took up a part time job as a journalist. Eventually returning back to China, she opened a fashion company in 1996. In 2001 she entered the Art Academy of Ren-Min University and took up the profession of a teacher once again. Simultaneously, she drew a series of books relating to the ancient scenic areas of Beijing. In 2006 Wu began exploring oil painting and that is where she based her artworks, that is also the same time she immigrated to Canada. There, she participated in numerous art exhibitions and won many awards for her artworks, Canada is also where she resides today.
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