Walasse Ting

China 1929 - 2010

Pop Art, Abstract Expressionism

Walasse Ting
Walasse Ting
December 6, 2014
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Walasse Ting was a Chinese-American visual artist and poet, garnering critical praise and a popular following for his colorful works blending Eastern and Western style. Born in 1929 in Wuxi, China, Walasse briefly attended the Shanghai Art Academy, but always considered himself to be self-taught, learning to draw with chalk on the street at a young age.

In 1952, he immigrated to Paris and became associated with the avant-garde group COBRA. In 1958, he settled in New York during the height of the Abstract Expressionist and Pop Art movements. His work began to transition from black and white abstractions reminiscent of Zao Wou-ki, to boldly colored figurative works blending calligraphic brushstrokes with splatters, splashes, and bright fields of color. His widely collected series of female nudes exemplify his embrace of this decidedly Western, vivid coloration. He befriended Sam Francis, who helped publish 1 Cent Life (1964), a book of Walasse”s poetry illustrated by artists, Andy Warhol, and Francis, among others.

Walasse was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship Award for drawing in 1970. Toward the end of his life, Walasse split his time between New York and Amsterdam. His works can be found in many museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, the Tate Modern, and Centre Pompidou.

Walasse Ting died in 2010 in New York.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2013Essence of Contemporary Chinese Art by Alisan Fine Arts, Art Basel in Hong KongHong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong KongGroup
2013Important Contemporary Chinese ArtistsInternational Art Fair, Hong Kong Group
2013Important Contemporary Chinese ArtistsAlisan Fine Arts, Hong KongGroup
2013Important Contemporary Chinese ArtistsHong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong KongGroup
2013Important Contemporary Chinese ArtistsART HK 12, Hong KongGroup
2011Walasse Ting, Sam FrancisAnders galerie im stilwerk, DusseldorfSolo
2011The Floral Journey-The Artistic Memoir of Walasse TingSoka Art Center - Beijing, BeijingSolo
2011From Heroic Expression to Resplendent ColorTaipei Fine Arts Museum, TaipeiSolo
2002Spring Drink, Flower GigglingYibo Gallery, ShanghaiSolo
2009Walasse TingGallery Delaive, AmsterdamSolo
2007Exploration: New Ink Art Shanghai 2007 (3rd Shanghai Ink Biennale)Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2008Walasse Ting 10th ExhibitionAlisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong Solo
2013Paper/product: Portfolios From The Polly And Mark Addison CollectionCU Art Museum, Boulder, COGroup
2013Blau - dialog zwischenGalerie Son, BerlinGroup
2011Points of View: Selections from Seven Colorado CollectionsCU Art Museum, Boulder, COGroup
2009American Printmaking since 196Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik, DubrovnikGroup
2009Art - Look or ListenSoobin Art International, SingaporeGroup
2009Living ColoursGrotto Fine Art, Hong KongGroup
2009BeginsSoobin Art International, SingaporeGroup
2007Homenaje a PicassoMNBA - Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes Santiago Chile, SantiagoGroup
2007When Art Worlds Collide - The 60Woodward Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2007Exploration: New Ink ArtShanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, ShanghaiGroup
2006Sam Francis & Walasse Ting: FriendsGallery Delaive, AmsterdamDuo
2004Summer ShowSam Francis and his contemporaries - Broadbent Gallery, LondonGroup
2004ZeichenspracheGalerie Van de Loo Projekte, MunichGroup
2001Corps à corpsCentre de la Gravure et de l'Image imprimée, La LouvièreGroup
2000Zeitgenössische Graphik Zeichnungen Gpuachen SkulpturenKUNSTKABINETT, RegensburgGroup
19851 cent lifeMusée d´art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, QCGroup
1973Hommage á PicassoNeue Nationalgalerie, BerlinGroup
2014A book like hundred flower gardenANDERSON GALLERY, San Francisco, CASolo
2010Amazing FeelingsNew Millenium Gallery, Beijing, ChinaSolo
1999Solo ShowThe Catto Gallery, London, EnglandSolo