British painter Faye Wei Wei's bold, poetic works quiver with a lively, lyrical motion, combining classical poise with vibrant immediacy. Working on a large scale, Wei Wei conceives of the painting process as an intimate choreography between actual and pictorial space. Often revolving around spiritual iconography and classical myth, love rituals and the theatricality of gender, her works sometimes suggest the themes of particular mythic narratives, and at other moments seem to depart into a more ambiguous, interior space of incongruity and uncertainty. Stateliness coincides with brute force and pastel softness; symbols seem to shake free of their moorings and float, surrealistically, on the liquid expanse of dream. The scenes might be imagined, but the energetic, bold brushstrokes, executed in thin layers, suggest something actually witnessed, balanced on the edge of reality.
Faye Wei Wei graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2016, where she was awarded the Cass Art Painting Prize. Recent and upcoming solo exhibitions include 'Sweet Bitter, Valentine', SADE Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (2018); 'CFCCA Presents: Faye Wei Wei', Centre For Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester (2018); and 'Anemones and Lovers', Cob Gallery, London (2017). She has featured in group shows including 'Dreamin' Wild', Keteleer Gallery, Antwerp (forthcoming) (2018); 'NEW WORK PART III: SUBJECT', Cob Gallery, London (2018); 'Rhapsodies', PingPong, Brussels, Belgium (2018); 'Asthenia No. 06', Hot Wheels, Athens (2018); 'The Clarkory Show', Museum Gallery, Brooklyn (2018); 'Into Rapture', Barbara Feinman Gallery, Los Angeles (2018); 'Marzanna, Yours Again', Hot Wheels, Athens (2018); 'To a God Unknown', Mrs. Gallery, Queens (2017); 'Eclectic Dreamers', Siegfried Contemporary, London (2016); Summer Blue, Lychee One Gallery, London (2016), 'Winter In America', Moms Favorite Space, California; and 'FBA Futures', Mall Galleries, London (2017). She completed the Hoy Hoy residency in New York in 2016.