Born in Shanghai, China, Fan Dongwang studied traditional Chinese art at Shanghai School of Arts and Crafts (SSAC) in 70’s and later became an art teacher at SSAC. As an established Shanghai artist, his work has been exhibited regularly in Shanghai Art Gallery since 1982, including the 1986 Shanghai Art Museum Inaugural Art Exhibition and the 1987 Shanghai International Art Festival. As a member of the top professional body Chinese Artists Association, he was awarded the Prize for Excellent Work for Shanghai International Culture Exchange. In 1990 Fan migrated to Australia as an artist of ‘Distinguished Talent’. He studied Master of Arts at COFA, University of New South Wales in 1995, and received his Post Graduate Award and Doctor of Creative Art at Wollongong University in 1999. His doctoral theses Shifting Perspectives and the Body established a theoretical model for comparing the differences between the representation of spatial depth in Chinese and European paintings. He currently lives and works in Sydney.
In Australia, Fan exhibited at the National Gallery of Australia in 2000, and numerous university and regional art galleries throughout Australia. He was invited to participate in the 2005 Redlands Westpac Art Prize and the 2004 Australian Drawing Biennale in Canberra. Fan was featured in an Australian national touring exhibition, Shanghai Star, along with other leading international Chinese artists organized by Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. The exhibition won critical acclaim and from 2002 to 2004 it toured to ten regional galleries nationwide including the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art. Fan also participated in the Blake Prize in 1998, 2002, 2007 and 2008 Blake Prize for Religious Art Touring Exhibition to the Icon Museum of Art, Deakin University; Gippsland Regional Gallery; Delmar Trinity Gallery; Horsham Regional Gallery. From Mao to Now at Armory Gallery, Sydney Olympic Park 2008. Coming Home –Art Exhibition of 30 Chinese/Australian Artists at Linda Gallery, 798 Art District, Dashanzi, Beijing China. 2009. Sponsored by Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 2009 and 2010 Carriage Artworks – Contemporary Art from the City Fringe at Carriageworks Sydney. Controversy & Acclaim-60 years of the Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery 2009. Sustain, A joint exhibition of Artbank and Australia Council for the Arts 2009. The 2010 Inaugural Documentary Exhibition of Australian Chinese Art at Sydney Chinalink Gallery. Arboreal. Macquarie University Art Gallery, Sydney 2011. Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing. Adelaide Perry Gallery, Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Sydney 2012. Chinese and Indian art exhibition, Macquarie University Art Gallery 2012, West Ryde Festival of Hungry for Art 2012; Festival of Fisher’s Ghost Art Award 2012. Chinese Art Exhibition In Beijing Artist Space, 798 Art District, Dashanzi, Beijing China 2012. Blake Pirze 2012; Inspiring artists> recipients of the Pat Corrigan Artists’ Grant, Maitland Regional Art Gallery 2012; Snake Snake Snake -An exhibition of contemporary Asian Australian Artists, Sydney Town Hall 2013; 10 Years 30 Residencies - Art Angels Residency Artist’s Exhibition, Turner Galleries Perth 2013; Inspiring artists - recipients of the Pat Corrigan Artists’ Grant, Maitland Regional Art Gallery 2013; Art on Paper-2013 Hazelhurst Art Award, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre; 2013 North Sydney Art Prize, North Sydney Council Hutley Hall; 2013 Mosman Art Prize; 2013 Hidden Art Prize; 2013 Manning Art Prize; 2013 Blake Prize; AGNSW Sulman Prize 2013 finalist. Sydney New Year festival, Sydney Town Hall 2014; Adelaide Perry Prize, PLC Sydney 2014. The Blake Prize Touring Exhibition 2014. AGNSW Wynne Prize finalist 2014. Doug Moran Prize Finalist 2014 and Fishes Ghost Art Prize finalist. 50 Years of Macquarie University Art Collection Exhibition 2014. Chinese Whispers, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery 2015. Just Paper, Maitland Regional Art Gallery 2015; Manning Asian Festival exhibition, Manning Regional Art Gallery 2015; Kogarah Art Prize 2015. Mosman Art Prize 2015; Clouds Intersected, China Cultural Centre in Sydney 2015; Korean Art prize 2015; Blake prize 2016, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre; Stations of the Cross Exhibition 2016; Review and Prospect: Chinese-Australian Artistic Achievement Exhibition at NSW Parliament House 2016. Mosman Art Prize 2015; Kilgour Prize 2016 Newcastle Art Gallery. Dragon Installation, Dawes Point, part of Sydney City Council Chinese New Year Lantern Exhibition 2016. Dragon Installation, Circular Quay, part of Sydney City Council Chinese New Year Lantern Exhibition 2017. Mosman Art Prize 2017. Burwood Art Prize 2017. St George Art Awards 2017. Transcendence, Live In Art in Association with Art Atrium 2018. Stations of the Cross Exhibition 2018; Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School and the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture (ACCC), Transcendence, Live In Art in Association with Art Atrium 2018. Dog Installation, Sydney Chinatown, part of Sydney City Council Chinese New Year Lantern Exhibition 2018. 2018. Paddington Art Prize 2018. Water Dragon, Chinese Australian Diaspora, Adelaide Perry Gallery, Sydney 2019. Between Two Worlds, Newcastle Art Gallery 2019-2020. Paddington Art Prize 2020. Burwood Art Prize 2020, Art Atrium End of Year Group Show 2020. Blacktown City Art Prize 2020. Australian National University The Hero’s Journey Poster Art Prize 2020. Chinese Australian Artist Online Show 2020. Palliative Care Art Competition 2020. Belco Arts Beyond Online Exhibition, Belconnen Arts Centre ACT 2020. Art In The Time Of COVID19, Nillumbik Shire Council Eltham, Victoria 2021. Blake Prize 2020-21, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. HERE/THERE, Hong Kong Art Central international art exhibition 2021. Time and Space group exhibition, China Cultural Centre, Resilience and the Human Spirit, Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School, Sydney 2022. Local/Remix, Montsalvat, Nillumbik VIC. From Margaret Olley to Salote Tawale: 75 years of the Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery 2022. Northern Beaches Environmental Art and Design Prize 2022. One leaf knows spring and autumn– China-Australia Artist Dialogue Exhibition, China Cultural Centre in Sydney 2022. Too Blue To Be True – Australia Chinese New Arts Society group show at NSW Parliament House 2022. Korean Art Prize, Korean Cultural Centre Sydney 2022. Notice of Motion II Exhibition, Campbelltown Arts Centre 2022. Fisher’s Ghost Art Prize, Campbelltown Arts Centre 2022. Thinking Through Pink, Wollongong Art Gallery 2022. Summer Sojourn end of year group exhibition, Art Atrium Gallery in Sydney 2022. I Am Not A Virus Exhibition, Diversity Arts Australia (DARTS) in partnership with Asian Australian Alliance, Democracy in Colour and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Australian Art and with funding from the Australia Council for the Arts, Inner West Council and Create NSW 2021-23.
Doctor of Creative Art,
Wollongong University 1996-2000
Master of Arts, Collage of Fine Art, NSW University 1995
Diploma of Arts, Shanghai School of Arts and Crafts 1977-80
Chinese Ink Brush Painting,
Fan Dongwang is represented by
Address: 12 Daniel Street
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2010 - present
2010 - present
Ray Hughes Gallery and Drill Hall Gallery 2001. Crossing Worlds, Sydney College of the Arts Galleries Sydney University 2005; Vantage Point, Macquarie University Art Gallery 2005. Vantage Point, Manning Regional Gallery and Coffs Harbour City Gallery 2006; Fan Dongwang Recent Painting, Wilson Street gallery Sydney 2009; Entering the Dragon, Macquarie University Art Gallery 2009; Dragon in Water, Wilson Street Gallery Sydney 2011; Gum Tree, Janet Clayton Gallery, Danks St Galleries Sydney 2013; Dragon, Peacock Gallery Sydney 2014; Fan Dongwang Shifting Perspectives: paintings 1995– 2015, The University of Newcastle 2015. Dragon Installation, Dawes Point, part of Sydney City Council Chinese New Year Lantern Exhibition 2016. Icons of Identity, 541 Art Space, Sydney 2017. Dragon Installation, Circular Quay, part of Sydney City Council Chinese New Year Lantern Exhibition 2017. Icons of Identity, 541 Art Space, Sydney 2017. Dog Installation, Sydney Chinatown, part of Sydney City Council Chinese New Year Lantern Exhibition 2018. Syncretic Visions, McGlade Gallery ACU 2018. Duality 2019, Art Atrium Gallery in Sydney. Pandemic Body, Macquarie University Art Gallery solo exhibition 2021. Sculptural Painting, Art Atrium Gallery in Sydney 2023.
Work and Workshop
Visiting Fellow at Curtin University 2006
Guest lecturer at Wollongong University 2003
Guest lecturer at Australian National University 2000
Lecturer at Shanghai School of Arts and Crafts 1988
ART WORKSHOPS 2019-2021: Wollongong Art Gallery, Peacock Gallery Sydney, Wollongong University, Macquarie University, Art Atrium Gallery Sydney, Newcastle Art School TAFE NSW, 541 Art Space Chinatown Sydney, University of Sydney, Blacktown Arts Centre, Wollongong Art Gallery and Oakley 101 Artists Society.
Artist in Residency
Fan Dongwang was a visiting artist at Manning Regional Gallery and Coffts Harbour City Gallery in 2006; Art Angels Artist in Residence at Church Gallery in Perth; a Visiting fellow at Cutin University in 2005, A visiting artist at Macquarie University and Church Gallery in 2005; Manning Regional Art Gallery and Broken Hill City Art Gallery in 2003; Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and Wollongong University in 2001; Canberra School of Art, ANU in 2000. Fan Dongwang was also a guest lecturer at Wollongong University in 2003 and at ANU in 2000.
Award and Public Art Commission
Fan Dongwang was awarded Australia Council Visual Art New Work Grant five times since 2001; won 2006 Mosman Art Prize; 2004 Art on the Rocks Prize; 2003 Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant; 2002 Liverpool City Art Prize; 2002 Willoughby City Art Prize; 2000 Festival of Fisher’s Ghost Art Award and 2020 Burwood Art Prize. Create NSW, Australia Council of the Arts and NAVA 2020 COVID-19 Response Funding. His installation Descendant was commissioned by Australian National Gallery in 2000.
Descendant Installation commissioned by National Gallery of Australia; Dragon Installation, Dawes Point, part of Sydney City Council Chinese New Year Lantern Exhibition 2016. Dragon Installation, Circular Quay, part of Sydney City Council Chinese New Year Lantern Exhibition 2017-2018. Dog Installation, Sydney Chinatown, part of Sydney City Council Chinese New Year Lantern Exhibition 2019-2020-2021. Diversity Arts Australia – I am Not A Virus Project 2021. Pandemic Bodies commissioned by Nillumbik Shire Council 2021.
Fan Dongwang's paintings are represented in public collections of Shanghai Art Museum, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Artbank Australia, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, City of Sydney Council, Mosman Council, Burwood Council, Nillumbik Shire Council, Wollongong City Gallery, Campbelltown City Gallery, Casula Powerhouse, Dubbo Regional Gallery, Manning Regional Gallery, Maitland Regional Gallery, Australian National University, Sydney University, NSW University, Macquarie University, Wollongong University, Curtin University, University Of Western Australia, Newcastle University, Murdoch University, Charles Sturt University, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, John Curtin Gallery, City Of Wanneroo. Shanghai School of Arts and Crafts.