- “Practice of Portraits” ( a series of 5 works )
- “Practice of Portraits,” Op.55,Acrylic color, mineral color, tea, pencil, A4 paper, on rice paper
- A Person Who Has Never Seen the Ocean
- A Romantic Person
- About Wang Taocheng’s Untitled ( Plank Bar and the Abandoned Garden of Commerzbank )
- Between Face and Lips, ink, mineral pigment, pencil, acrylic, 400 x 33cm, 2011
- Between Face and Lips
- Frankfurt Fireworks in 5 Parts,ink, watercolor, mineral pigment, tea water, gold powder, xuan paper, 477 x 33 cm, 2012
- Sister，chinese ink, pencil，180 × 33 cm, 2009
- Still Lifes: Wild Ducks and Swans Arrive in Frankfurt,ink, watercolor, mineral pigment, tea water, gold powder, xuan paper, 356 x 33 cm, 2012
- Untitled (Plank Bar and the Abandoned Garden of Commerzbank)， pencil, ink, water color on xuan paper， 390 x 33 cm, 2011
- What is Revealed by the Tide No.1,ink, watercolor, mineral pigment, tea water, gold powder, xuan paper, 520 x 33 cm, 2012
- What is Revealed by the Tide No.2,ink, watercolor, mineral pigment, tea water, gold powder, xuan paper, 520 x 33 cm, 2012
- I'll Be Your Mirror
August 10th, 2013 - September 11th, 2013
- What is Revealed by the Tide: Wang Taocheng Solo Show October 13th, 2012 - November 20th, 2012
- Cold Comfort
February 4th, 2012 - March 18th, 2012
- Crossing Worlds : Wang Taocheng Works on PaperJanuary 11th, 2012 - January 15th, 2012
- Learning from the Literati 2September 6th, 2011 - October 17th, 2011
Sister，chinese ink, pencil，180 × 33 cm, 2009
This piece reflects the suicide of one of my friends’ younger sisters. She told me this story one day on the bus to Pudong (a suburb of Shanghai). The basic problem was that girl’s mother was a dictator, making all the decisions, and she was not able to do any of the things that she wanted to do. Because she was from such a poor family, she felt oppressed and developed a sense of inferiority.
Speaking from the mother’s point of view, no one can say she doesn’t love her daughter. She had a terrible education and she was biased and blind to how this treatment affected her daughter. She only knows how to make noodles and bargain at the market; the world that surrounds her is very crude and unsophisticated.
Compared with Western kids, Chinese children are usually less mature and independent – it’s somewhat bizarre. With careful observation, we can see that the childhood of a Western kid corresponds with the idea of an actual childhood. The same can be said for adolescence.
Western kids learn useful knowledge, play fun games, and complete the obligations and responsibilities they ought to undertake. At the same time, each individual has his own personality and identity. However, the growth and development of Chinese kids is as messy as the history of modern China. They face a lot of homework, exams and pressure and they wear awful clothes.
So this is how they grow up, using up their time, continuously working hard. Suddenly they realize that their efforts will not bear fruits but their parents continue force them. This idea of stolen youth is a very typical theme in Chinese culture.
Meanwhile, they don’t get any kind of personal development. Such a tragedy inevitably happens; and this time I’ve conveyed it by trying to imitate Song Dynasty ink paintings.