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Guan Wei’s Perilous Journey

by Melanie Eastburn

GUAN WEIBig Mouse Kingdom, 2004, acrylic on wall, 8 x 3.8 meters. 

Courtesy the artist and Arc One Gallery, Melbourne, and Sherman Galleries, Sydney.

In September 2003, after working for almost two decades within precisely defined formats— long narrow canvases, conventional office hanging files, Chinese scrolls and concertina books— Sydney-based artist Guan Wei began painting directly onto walls. A Passage to Australia (2003), Guan Wei's first wall painting, was included in "Face Up: Contemporary Art from Australia" at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin in 2003.

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