Art Show | Gallery Poulsen Presents Solid Wind, A Solo Exhibition by Artist Jingyi Wang

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Gallery Poulsen is proud to present Solid Wind, a new solo exhibition by Chinese artist Jingyi Wang (b. 1989). The exhibition consists of twelve new oil paintings and opens on Saturday, June 17th with an opening reception from 12.00 to 15.00 in Gallery Poulsen, Staldgade 32, Copenhagen V. The exhibition is open through Saturday, July 8th.

Exhibition view, courtesy of Gallery Poulsen

Jingyi Wang debuted in Gallery Poulsen in March 2022 in the three-person exhibition Contemporary Perspectives, where she exhibited alongside her compatriots Jiannan Wu and Zhou Chen. Since then, Wang has been a significant part of the Gallery’s profile through numerous group shows and art fair presentations in both Denmark and the US. Now, Wang is ready to present her first solo exhibition in Gallery Poulsen, a presentation that, through twelve oil paintings, expands on her already established visual framework where cacti are playfully and colorfully humanized in an examination of our personal affiliations and our fickle relationships with the natural world.  

Jingyi Wang “Let’s Go Outside” 2023 – Oil on linen, 152,5 x 122 cm, 60 x 48 in, courtesy of Gallery Poulsen

“The wind is flowing, just like us drifting abroad. The solid wind describes the stable friendship between my friends and me, helping and supporting each other, growing together.”

– Jingyi Wang, 2023

Jingyi Wang “Floral Sea” 2023 – Oil on linen, 122 x 152,5 cm, 48 x 60 in, courtesy of Gallery Poulsen

Whereas the focus of Jingyi Wang’s previous works acted as a lonely portrayal of humankind’s changed relationship with nature, due to a shift in ideals and ways of living in the wake of the pandemic, the new solo exhibition uses her recognizable cactus portraits to convey intimate interpersonal relationships where loneliness is deliberately absent. Instead, the cactus is used as a vehicle to examine our everyday lives and to convey strength, independence, warmth, and care. Qualities that characterize Wang’s relationships with her friends and family. Hereby, the exhibition adopts a new focus that is based on an embodiment of Wang’s internal, and often subconscious, contemplations.

Jingyi Wang “I Am Here For You” 2023 – Oil on linen, 132 x 106,5 cm, 52 x 42 in, courtesy of Gallery Poulsen

Through the adoption of this new focus, the paintings act as a physical manifestation of Wang’s relationships with, and perception of, her friends and family members and by doing so, portrays emotional aspects of a relationship that couldn’t have been conveyed truthfully had she chosen to paint photorealistic portraits of her acquaintances. The result of this approach is a surreal portrayal of personal relationships where the physical reality is abandoned in favor of a tangible interpretation of Wang’s own, and her acquaintances, subconscious and emotional lives. This manifestation of the subconscious is not based in reality any less than photorealistic portraits, the focus is just shifted to put emphasis on parts of reality that aren’t directly perceivable in our tangible lives, instead of how the physical world presents itself. This surreal mediation of the subconscious blurs the line between fiction and reality and forces us to reassess our perceived notions of realistic depiction of reality in painting up until this point.   

Exhibition view, courtesy of Gallery Poulsen

Jingyi Wang received her BFA from China Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2013 and her MFA from New York Academy of Art in 2016. Since then, her works and artistic achievements have been published in numerous publications including China Daily, The China Press, Sing Tao Daily Newspaper, World Journal, Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Aesthetica Magazine, Create! Magazine, ArtMaze Mag, Planet China, Friend of the Artist, and 100 Artists of the Future. Over the past years, her works have been included in prominent collections in Europe, Asia, and the US.

Exhibition view, courtesy of Gallery Poulsen

Exhibition Dates

June 17 – July 8, 2023

Opening Reception

June 17, 12:00 – 15:00


Gallery Poulsen

Staldgade 32, The Brown Meatpacking District

1699 Copenhagen, Denmark 

Gallery Hour

Wednesday – Friday, 10:00 – 17:30

Saturday, 11:00 – 15:00


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(text & photo courtesy of Jingyi Wang & Gallery Poulsen)

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