“Drumming” (acrylic on canvas) by Shiao-Ping Wang
by Adam Pearson
Married painters, Brian Chu and Shiao-Ping Wang will be giving an informal gallery talk on Jan. 18, at 3 p.m. in the galleries in the Creative Arts Center, with a reception following from 4 to 5:30 p.m. But why go? Here’s a few reasons.
1. They are likely the most interesting people you will meet this week
As a couple of new immigrants from Taiwan, Brian Chu and Shiao-Ping Wang spent their formative years in New York from 1981 to 2000. They both studied at Queens College under renowned teachers such as Gabriel Laderman, Louis Finkelstein and Rosemarie Beck. Needless to say, they’ve been a part of the art community for a long time. Rather than rest on their laurels though, they continue to explore new ideas through their paintings.
2. Two unique styles
Though Shiao-Ping Wang and Brian Chu were both trained as representational painters and had the same training, they each branched out to develop very distinct styles. Shiao-Ping Wang’s abstract work uses patterns and shapes to reveal meanings behind cultures and traditions, while Brian Chu paints often shrouded physical objects in ways that often allow for ambiguous interpretation. This exhibit serves as an overview for the unique development of each artist.
3. They have a lot to say to young artists
Both artists were in their late twenties before they even began their art education. Most young people think they must be firmly established by then, these artists say that is not the case. With years of experience under their belt, they aren’t just looking for students to ask them about their work, they want to you to ask them about how to overcome your own obstacles in establishing yourself as an artist.
4. Last chance to see the galleries before it moves to a new location.
Stein Galleries is moving to a new location (more details on that to come), and this will be one of their last exhibits in the Creative Arts Center. So come on by while we’re still nearby!
5. It’s free and open to the public
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