Walasse Ting (1929 - 2010)
"Sunshine Very Hot"
Acrylic on canvas
40" x 60"
Signed, dated and titled verso 1974
Some of the greatest Chinese painters of the second half of the 20th century worked in the United States. This included Walasse Ting, who left China for Hong Kong around 1949, and then moved to Paris by 1953. There he met the avant-garde artists associated with the COBRA art movement and participated in gallery shows, in Paris and Brussels. By 1958 he had moved to New York, and again found himself in the center of what became the most important art movement of the past 70 years, abstract expressionism. Ting met, learned from and exchanged ideas with, the leading artists of the movement. Cutting edge galleries showed his work in America and Europe, later in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Shanghai. By the mid-1970's he stopped painting total abstractions in favor of painting vibrant, intensely colored and sexually charged, images of female nudes. I suggest that Western collectors appreciate the earlier, and now historic, abstract expressionist paintings. While the Asian collectors seemingly favor the highly erotic paintings of his nudes, with those paintings having a more limited attachment to art history. These early abstract expressionist paintings are more rare, while a supply of the decorative and sensual nudes seems endless. Over his long career, Ting's art has been exhibited and collected by major museums worldwide.