Fan Dongwang

Artist Bio 

I’m an artist specializing in painting, sculpture, calligraphy and photography for over 30 years. I earned a Doctor of Creative Arts at University of Wollongong. I’ve exhibited in galleries throughout Australia including National Gallery of Australia and as a finalist of Art Gallery of NSW’s Archibald, Sulman and Wynne Prize. My public art has been commissioned by NGA and Sydney City Council. I’ve won the Australia Council grant many times plus other municipal council art prizes: Mosman, Liverpool, Willoughby and The Rocks Prize. My works are in public collections including Shanghai Art Museum, Western Australian Gallery, and Art bank.

Artist Statement

In the post-pandemic world, our bodies bear little resemblance to the “normal” human body: overwhelmed by its hostile environment, our bodies are suspended, floating, fragmented, perplexed and isolated. The aching, longing and suffocating bodies are a reflection upon the peculiar state of our human existence. COVID-19 has revealed the fragility of the human race; regardless of our technological and economic advancements, a microscopic and invisible virus has wreaked havoc, shattering our briefs and spirituality, forming a wakeup call for us to rethink the relationship with technology and environment. Nevertheless, our heroic body can and will regain the lost control, purpose, briefs and identities, and to help future generations survive.