A Chinese mixed-media artist, Dong Dawei has developed a highly personal visual language from a distinct methodology, which was coincidentally born out of an accidental ink stain. He experiments with marker pen on paper and has gained increasing recognition throughout the contemporary art world.
Born in Liaoning, China in 1981, Dawei grew up in Dalian and currently lives and works in Beijing. He graduated from L'école Nationale Supérieure d’Art de Bourges with a Master’s degree in 2011 and later from Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts, Shenyang, China. He has participated in many exhibitions including The 8th International Ink Art Biennale of Shenzhen (Guan Shanyue Art Museum, Shenzhen, China, 2013), the Jiang Han Star Project: Climate – 2014 Young Artists Research Exhibition (Wuhan Art Museum, Wuhan, China, 2014) and The 3rd Sisam Experimental Plan: New Generation of Abstract Art (Si Shang Art Museum, Beijing, China, 2014).
Dawei's practice is procedural and time-based, comprised of a rigorously planned replication of single elements to attain diversity. While working on a piece, he tries to keep his hand as still as possible, whilst scrutinizing the growing stain to controlled timing. After the marker is lifted, the ink stain continues to grow until it meets the previous one.
Featured image: Dong Dawei - Diamond, 2014 (detail). Marker pen on paper. 25 3/5 × 19 7/10 in. 65 × 50 cm. Photo courtesy Perrotin