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Ivy Wu (吴爱维) was born in Shanghai. She grew up in this eastern harbor city, a melting pot of cultures and immigrated to United States in 2013. She was granted the Honor Award Scholarship by Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) to study in her graduate school, received Master of Fine Art in painting. She is the winner of 39th SCAD Sidewalk Art Festival, reported in Whitewall Art Magazine, featured as a passionate contemporary artist on Visionary Artistry Magazine, featured artist in VoyageATL Magazine, and in other publications. She is living and creating in Atlanta, Georgia.
Wu embraces vivacious brushstrokes in her abstract gestural work, vibrates with explosive colors and sense of lines. Channeling her creative energy onto large-scaled surfaces, she paints and smudges paints rapidly in an intuitive way. She finds a range of inspirations in nature, the colors of her hometown, and her evolving personal narrative. Beyond visual culture, the immediate surroundings, the complexity of lived experiences lies the heart of her practice. Inspired by Taoism, specifically the concept of Qi, and also Zao Wou-Ki who merged traditional Asian ink painting with oil, Wu paints Qi, a movement of vapor, air and energy in the environments in her work. She paints herself as a silhouette figure as part of the obscure abstraction. She lives in her work. That is her synaesthetic response to the chaotic but unified world. In the myths of pleasure, the composition hovers on the edge of the abstraction and figuration in an open dimension.
2022 Helen Seydel Memorial Scholarship (ACA).
2020 Spirit Award, the 39th Savannah College of Art and Design Sidewalk Arts Festival.
2020 Honor Award Scholarship, the Savannah College of Art and Design.
2020 Finalist in Juried Spring Exhibition, the Portrait Society of Atlanta.
2019 Finalist in Juried Annual Exhibition, the Portrait Society of Atlanta.
2019 Selected as Artist of the Month in Fulton County library system, Georgia.
2018 Third place, juried exhibition, Out and About, Sewell Mill Culture Center.
UPCOMING SOLO EXHIBITION:
2023 GALLERY100, Atlanta, GA
TWO PERSON EXHIBITION:
2023 FREEMARKET GALLERY, Atlanta, GA
Untapped, with sculptor Olu Amoda
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2023 COCA-COLA HEADQUARTER, Atlanta, GA
Rise and Thrive
2023 MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART OF GEORGIA, Atlanta, GA
Off the Wall
2022 SHE/THEY GALLERY, Santa Ana, CA
What’s In Your Sketchbook
2022 Online via BeAn Culture, China
Voices of Silence
2022 SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN, Atlanta, GA
Juried Spring Forward
2021 SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN, Atlanta, GA
Fall Open Studio
2021 ALPHARETTA ART CENTER，Alpharetta, GA
A Slice of Life
2021 Online via Fulton County Arts & Culture
Art and Healing in the Time of the Pandemic
2020 Online via SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN
39th Sidewalk Art Festival
2020 Online via THE PORTRAIT SOCIETY OF ATLANTA
Gallery of Quarantine Work
2020 ABERNATHY ARTS CENTER, Sandy Spring, GA
Southern Society of Artists Annual Exhibition
2019 SFA Gallery, Alpharetta, GA
Portrait Society of Atlanta
2019 JOHNS CREEK ART CENTER, Johns Creek, GA
2019 TWO SMITH ART GALLERY, Duluth, GA
Painting Duluth, plein air exhibition
2019 BINDERS GALLERY, Buckhead, GA
2018 LOST CORNER PRESERVE, Sandy Springs, GA
Plein Air Exhibition
2018 SEWELL MILL CULTURE CENTER, Sandy Springs, GA
Out and About
2018 ATLANTA ARTIST CENTER, Buckhead, GA
Power Line Exhibition