Contemporary Chinese Ink - Firefly Dream (2000)
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This is a beautiful contemporary Chinese ink painting by Wu Lan-Chiann. This piece uses a very masterful, precise yet delicate style of the Chinese ink technique known as "gong bi", as well as expressive style. The quality of brush strokes is tremendously important and has to be strong and controlled, yet dynamic, fluid and delicate. You can see the fine detail of the embroidery on the blanket and pillowcase, as well the luminous light from the fireflies evoking a serenity and poetic beauty. The thematic use of light in her various paintings: pure unpainted nothingness on the paper fading into color, glimmers of color symbolizing light, and various recurring use of light - are metaphors for human resilience, and for the artist, "creates a sense of warmth and safety, the strength and hope within."

Ink, pigment on paper

Signed by artist, with one seal

31 x 27 in. (79 x 68.5 cm)

Painting can be viewed in Los Angeles by appointment only. Inquire about availability of other paintings.

In 2010, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, curated an exhibition "Fresh Ink" that explored the landscape of contemporary Chinese ink paintings. Christie's and Sotheby's soon held private sales in recognition of this movement of what is essentially an ancient Chinese ink method, explored in new ways by its artists. One of the artists presented in Christie's Chinese ink events is Wu Lan-Chiann, a rare female painter recognized in the Chinese ink and brush method. One of her leaves ink paintings was added to the permanent collection of Kansas City’s Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, a museum renowned for its extensive Asian art holdings.


Artist Wu Lan-Chiann studied painting with Lingnan School master Ou Haonian at the Chinese Culture University in Taipei and with American painter Arnold Mesches at New York University. While the highly regarded Lingnan school of Chinese painting is evident in her early work, Wu Lan-Chiann has emerged with her own distinctive style that she honed over the past two decades. With her decisive brushwork and profound technique in the Chinese ink method, the artist’s work is marked by a strong poetic narrative, forging a unique visual language drawing from both Eastern and Western influences.

Museum of East Asian Art, Bath, United Kingdom, introduction to exhibition Nov – May 2016:

        “Reflections is the first UK solo exhibition of Wu Lan-Chiann, Chinese ink painting artist. This exhibit shows a selection of Wu Lan-Chiann’s work produced over the past twenty years.

        At the core of Wu Lan-Chiann’s work, is a deep personal contemplation of universal themes and values that connect people across time and place. While continuing a tradition that is centuries old, her paintings are distinctly contemporary both in concept and execution. Starting from a young age, she combined Asian and Western modes of representation into a personal style that is intensely poetic. Blending two very different painting traditions, she has emerged as an artist with an authentic style marked by decisive brushwork and delicate application of colour.

        In her recent work, Wu Lan-Chiann is interested in capturing the precious but fleeting moments of life through the depiction of free-floating petals and leaves. She sees a comparison between the rhythm of nature and the human cycle of life. Her work captures special moments and at the same time represents the invariable and eternal cycle of life and nature.”

Born and raised in Taiwan, artist Wu Lan-Chiann received her BFA -with highest honors- from the Chinese Culture University in Taipei, Taiwan, and holds a MA from New York University (School of Art and Art Education). Her work is acquired by notable private collectors in Europe, Asia and the USA. She had a well-received solo exhibition in the UK between November 2015 and May 2016, and her painting Before the Storm (2015) was added to the permanent collection of Kansas City’s Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, a museum renowned for its extensive Asian art holdings.

Abbreviated CV (full CV available upon request):


The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City acquired Before the Storm (2015).


Christie’s New York
Auction at Christie's New York - online sale - Half The Sky: Works by Asian Women Artists.
October 13-25, 2016

Christie’s New York
Auction at Christie's New York on September 13 during Asian Art Week in New York. Page 77-78 in the catalogue and online at Christies September 9-16, 2016

The Museum of East Asian Art, Bath, UK
Reflections: Contemporary Ink Painting by Wu Lan-Chiann, solo exhibition.
November 28, 2015 to May 15, 2016

ART Miami International Contemporary & Modern Art Fair, Miami, Florida.
Works represented by Michael Goedhuis Gallery
2015, 2014, 2013

Shanghai Library, Shanghai, China
Beautiful China and Charming Shanghai World Overseas Chinese Ink Painting Exhibition, group exhibition (by invitation), organized by the Office of Overseas Chinese Affairs of the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government.
November 22 - 25, 2015

Christie’s New York - 2015 Asia Week
Participant in the special exhibition of Fine Chinese Painting (by invitation) in conjunction with The Collection of Robert of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth Parts I-VII. Christie’s Rockefeller Plaza, New York.
March 11-17, 2015.

The International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show, Park Avenue Armory, New York.
Works represented by Michael Goedhuis Gallery
2014, 2012

Queens Museum of Art, Queens, New York
TAAC Recognition: Taiwanese American Artists, group exhibition (by invitation),
July 29-August 17, 2014.

American International Fine Art Fair, Palm Beach, Florida.
Works represented by Michael Goedhuis Gallery
2014, 2013

Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show, Palm Beach, Florida
Works represented by Michael Goedhuis Gallery
February 15-19, 2013.

LA Art Show 2013, Los Angeles, California.
Works represented by Michael Goedhuis Gallery
January 23-27, 2013.

Art Miami
Works represented Michael Goedhuis Gallery
Miami, Florida.
December 5-9, 2012.

Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for the Arts and Crafts: Three Paths to Expression, three women artists group exhibition, Alta Loma, California.
March 3 – September 30, 2011.

ARTROM Gallery, Rome, Italy: International On-Line Exhibition Asian Inspiration International, award winner in an international competition and exhibition organized by the Italian Gallery ARTROM.
December 6, 2009 – January 18, 2010.

Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts: Group exhibition (by invitation)
Asian Ink and Water Painting Exhibition, Osaka, Japan. This exhibition traveled to three other venues in Taidong, Taipei and Yuenlin in Taiwan.
2001, 2002, 2003


The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, New York.
Education Department.
Contractual Lecturer Chinese Painting from March 1999 to February 2000.
Invited to appear on an award-winning CD-ROM The Paths Dreams Take, Japanese art from the Collection of Mary Griggs Burke and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, produced by the Education Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, March 2000.
Painting demonstration at the Metropolitan Museum of Art given during the seminar Exploring Chinese Painting, held on October 9, 1999, in conjunction with an exhibition of Chinese paintings from the C. C. Wang collection.


2014 - Finalist, Clark Hulings Fund for visual artists.
2009 - Award winner in Asian Inspiration International, an international competition and exhibition organized by the Italian Gallery ARTROM. December 6, 2009 – January 18, 2010.
1995 - Chinese Culture University honor for contemporary Chinese painting.
Chinese Culture University, especially selected to join the Hua-Kang Painting
Association (comparable to Dean’s list).

1995 - Chinese Culture University. Highest honor Hua-Kang Chi-Nien for scholastic and artistic achievement.