Wanxin | 宛昕 | わんしん

Wanxin is an illustrator, designer, and artist with an architectural background based in Tokyo.

She works with watercolour, Chinese ink, photography, video and etc.​​

She was born and lived in China until she was 10. After her teens in Japan, she was educated at the University of Manchester, UK with MA and BA(Hons) degrees. Then, she spent some time in Singapore and Tokyo for architectural practice, but she quit her architecture career in 2017 to chase the idea of being an artist. In 2020, she was awarded as the illustrator for Bologna Children Book Fair 2020 and was longlisted in WIA in 2022.

Her significant creation is composed of ‘Ink cats’ which are shaped and show different designs drawn by pencil lines. The drawings look like limp cats, at the same time, it also looks like edgy shapes.

 

Her creations always reflect her favourites in childhood, sceneries of nomadic life, and narratives of perspective.

幼少期から20代まで、中国・イギリス・日本などの街を行来して過ごし、現在東京のはずれに住む造形作家。主な手法は、水彩、墨、写真、動画など。

英国マンチェスター大学・大学院にて建築デザインを学んだ後、シンガポール・東京にて建築設計に携わる。

2017年、建築の奥深さを知ると同時に、幼少期に好んでいた表現を求め方向転換し、現在に至る。

2020年、ボローニャ国際絵本原画展にて入選し、同展の世界ツアーに参加。

主な作品となる墨猫シリーズは、墨のぼかしで描かれた柔らかな猫が、シャープな線によって様々な形に形状化されるのが特徴。のびのびとした墨とシャープな鉛筆の線のコントラストによって、猫を見ているようで、猫を通して形を見るような錯角が起こる。

 

幼少期好んでいたモノ、移り続けた生活から見たイロとセカイの角度の表現を追求している

宛昕是居住在东京西郊的艺术者及设计者,主要以墨,水彩,摄影及动画为​创作媒介。

 

出生于中国江南的她,从童年起的20多年间,在中国,日本,英国等地区度过漂泊生活。在获得英国曼切斯大学建筑设计学士和硕士学位后,她先后在新加坡及东京从事建筑设计工作。

 

为了追寻自己的艺术梦,2017年她离开了建筑设计事务所,全身心投入艺术创作。2020年,她入奖为意大利博洛尼亚国际童书展的插画师,并参与博洛尼亚插画展世界巡展。

 

​墨和铅笔画出的“墨猫”系列是她的主力作品。一团团的柔软墨被硬质的铅笔线条构成形状“墨猫”系列,让人

感觉似乎在看猫,又似乎通过猫看其他造型。

她的创作总是围绕着,童年的爱好,漂泊生活中的色彩以及世界的角度。

Education

2011-2012

The University of Manchester, Manchester School of Architecture

MA in Architecture and Urbanism

2007-2010

The University of Manchester, Manchester School of Architecture

BA (Hons) Architecture 

Awards

2022

2020

 World Illustration Awards Longlisted

Bologna Children Book Fair Annal Illustrator 2020 

2019

Lexus Design Award 2019 Shortlist

Exhibitions

2022

Coming Soon 11/23 →

SOLO Exhibition 

landblink Gallery, Shanghai, China,   SCHEDULED

Until 11/13 →

Group Exhibition 気ままの天使展 

Echo-ann Gallery, Tokyo

SOLO Exhibition ねこのカタチII | The Shapes 

cafe arica, Tokyo Japan, Sponsored by Itabashi Art Museum

Bologna Children Book Fair 2020 Exhibition,World Tour;

-Taipei,Taiwan

Group Exhibition 神楽坂ねこ展

Palse Gallery, Tokyo Japan

Bologna Children Book Fair 2020 Exhibition,World Tour;

-Shenzheng , China  CANCELLED due to COVID19

SOLO Exhibition 'ねこのカタチ[ Shape of Cat in Japanese ]'

Re:tail Gallery, Tokyo Japan

2021

Bologna Children Book Fair 2020 Exhibition, World Tour;

-Seoul Arts Centre, Korea.  CANCELLEDdue to COVID19

Bologna Children Book Fair 2020 Exhibition,World Tour;

-Yan Huang Museum, Beijing, China

-Duo Yun Xuan Art Centre, Shanghai, China

Bologna Children Book Fair 2020 Exhibition, World Tour;

-Art Museum& Library, Ota, Gunma, Japan

2020

SOLO 'Nanigokochi-Wanxin Exhibition'

Gallery Wabisuke, Hyogo Japan, Sponsored by Nishinomiya City

Bologna Children Book Fair 2020 Exhibition, World Tour;

-Itabashi Art Museum, Tokyo,Japan

-Yokkaichi Municipal Museum, Mie, Japan

Bologna Children Book Fair 2020 

Bologna, Italy   CANCELLED due to COVID19

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