Ones to Watch 2018: artist Faye Wei Wei

Bryony Stone, It's Nice That, February 26, 2018

It’s Nice That’s Ones to Watch shines a light on 12 emerging talents who we think will conquer the creative world in 2018. From a global pool of creative talent, we have chosen our 2018 Ones To Watch for their ability to consistently produce inspiring and engaging work across a diverse range of disciplines. Each of our selections continually pushes the boundaries of what is possible with their creative output. Ones to Watch 2018 is supported by Uniqlo. 


Rising rent prices are squeezing artists out of even London’s most liminal spaces. Lucky then that one of the city’s most visibly rising stars, artist Faye Wei Wei, turned a room in her family’s home into her studio. The British Chinese artist’s daydreamy paintings which spill out, motif-laden, across intimidatingly large canvases reflect her meditative, romantic demeanour. Take the routine with which she starts each day. “I wake up after a long sleep, I go down to my studio in my Chinese silk dragon trousers and corduroy apron,” she begins. “I make some food, natto with rice and miso soup or rice with fish, and I will sit and just think and wonder and read for a couple of hours. Then I will begin to draw and paint with all my mind bursting with poetry and imagery, sacred love visions.”